Loft boarding transforms storage in Stratford-upon-Avon home

From wasted space to room for storage, a recent loft boarding job in Stratford-upon-Avon has transformed the attic space for one Warwickshire homeowner.

Before loft boarding and loft ladder fitting

The photo below shows the original state of the loft, which like most that we board, is made unusable by rolls of insulation between joists and nowhere to walk, let alone store boxes.

After loft boarding and fitting an aluminium loft ladder

We boarded a central section of the loft space and fitted a sturdy, but lightweight, aluminium loft ladder.

Boarding a central section of the loft is a popular option as it uses the budget efficiently by only flooring the most useable space.

The customer was delighted and couldn’t wait to start using all the new storage space.

To find out more email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

As house prices in Stratford-upon-Avon rise, invest in yours with loft boarding and a fixed ladder

Despite the cost of living increasing, the cost of properties continues to surge in 2022, according to the latest figures from mortgage advisers and estate agents.

This means, that for those who can afford to do so, there is every reason to invest in their home. When looking at the best value for money, loft boarding is, in our opinion, right up there (pardon the pun). The reason being, that it enables homeowners to make the most of the space they have without the large-scale costs or upheaval of a building project.

It makes sense. By creating a new area for storage through loft boarding and proper access, via a safe and sturdy fixed ladder, it becomes possible to clear other areas in the home of items that you do not need every day. Suddenly, you can clear items into boxes, which when clearly labelled, can be easily retrieved and brought back down as needed.

Many customers find that they use their lofts to keep sentimental items that they do not want on display but cannot bear to part with. Knowing that they are safely stored in the loft enables them to free up previously cluttered space in the home.

The Stu’s Loft Ladder team is always busy in Warwickshire and Worcestershire but we can usually fit in customers in a time frame to suit and always on a day that is convenient.

Contact us to find out more at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

How to choose a company to fit a loft ladder and board your loft in Stratford-upon-Avon

Maybe you are seeing adverts or posts appear in your social media feeds to fit loft ladders and board lofts in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area. How do you select a firm and make sure it’s the right choice?

We always say it, but check out recent reviews and ask around. Local forums such as those on social media are a good place to start. The Stratford on Avon Forum will usually yield a good response from homeowners who can recommend a firm they have used.

Check that the team that is quoting for your business is the team that will actually carry out the work. Find out how experienced they are. If you are having someone cut into your ceiling joists to enlarge or move a loft opening, then you want to make sure that they have done the job successfully for happy customers.

We are biased as an independent trader, but we really think it is the best option. Being independent means that we are not trying to sell you a fixed package. We will simply visit to see what you want to achieve, and what budget you have, and make recommendations accordingly.

If you want to find out what Stu’s Loft Ladders can offer, get in touch by calling 07712 327 889 or emailing stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

New build loft boarding in Warwick

Warwick District needs to build over 900 new build homes a year to keep up with local housing needs. With more owners taking possession of new build homes, our team is kept busy improving loft access, as these properties do not come with lofts boarded as standard.

In fact, the default loft opening in a new build is often not large enough to be convenient when taking items up to be stored. Enlarging a loft opening is a job that we are happy to undertake, most often as part of a package involving fitting a fixed loft ladder and boarding.

Which leads us to the most frequently asked question to our team – can you board the lofts in new build properties?

The answer is yes – definitely, but call in the professionals to ensure you are protecting the insulation in your loft and, in turn, your NHBC warranty. An experienced loft company, such as Stu’s Loft Ladders, will first recommend raising the level of the loft floor to accommodate the insulation and protect the timbers. What’s even better, the boards we use will add further insulation, making your house more energy efficient.

Bidford loft boarding creates spacious storage

A picture speaks a thousand words, at least it does when it comes to loft boarding. Most customers come to us through word of mouth, however, they still want to see photos of recent work so that they can see for themselves the professional finish we create.

If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, take a look. We regularly post photos from recent jobs that show the amount of storage you can create through loft boarding.

One such recent job was at a property in Bidford on Avon where we boarded the loft for one happy customer. As you can see in the photos, the finished boarding created a spacious area for storage.

For this particular job, we combined boarding with a top quality timber loft ladder. Top of our loft ladder range, the timber ladder provides sturdy wide treads, ideal if you want peace of mind going up to the loft or if you will be carrying heavier items. The timber ladders we supply still offer easy folding and are simple to use and store away.

Our wooden loft ladders also come with a loft hatch up to 1.2m long, which makes taking bulkier items up and down a doddle. No more squeezing through a loft hatch that is too small!

For further details, you can email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

Jubilee provides time to reflect on busy year boarding lofts in Warwickshire

We don’t often take a four day weekend at this time of year. We are usually too busy working away in customers’ lofts to create storage or fitting ladders so that they can access their loft space.

So, the jubilee celebrations have given us time to pause and reflect on what has been a particularly busy period. Despite the squeeze from inflation, people in the Warwickshire and Worcestershire area have continued to invest in their homes. The memory of lockdown looms large and customers in Stratford, Warwick, Alcester and Redditch are still wanting to make the most of the space they have by creating storage space in the loft.

This means that the team at Stu’s Loft Ladders has been busier than ever boarding and fitting fixed ladders. Aluminium remains our most popular option for loft ladders and for good reason; it is the most cost-effective ladder and offers strength combined with ease of use, thanks to its low weight.

Our team is taking a well-deserved break over the jubilee weekend.

Thank you to all our customers – we wish you a happy jubilee bumper bank holiday, whatever you are doing.

Why choose a local Studley firm for loft ladders and loft boarding?

Search for ‘loft ladder fitting Studley’ online and you will see quite a few names come up, ours included.

Why go for Stu’s Loft ladders, a local independent firm, when choosing a contractor to supply and fit a loft ladder? 

  • We rely on our local reputation. It is as important to us that our customers are 100% happy with the finished job as it is for them. We have been in business for over a decade and rely on our reputation in Warwickshire.  Every job, large or small, counts.
  • We offer a friendly approach. Dealing with a family firm, means short lines of communication. We will let you know when we will do the job and you can message our team directly about any changes to times or requirements.
  • Flexibility. We are busy, but as Stuart is the business owner and fitter, we can flex to find a time that suits you.

We’d love you to put us to the test. Email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk or give us a call on 07712 327 889 to arrange a quotation. You can also view photos of our recent jobs on our Facebook page.

Clearing clutter is the #1 reason for loft boarding in Stratford-upon-Avon

We board around a hundred lofts a year. We always ask our customers what they want out of their loft space to help them decide how large an area to board. Here are our top four customer reasons for wanting to create loft storage:

#1 – clearing clutter in a particular zone

Whether it is the spare room or a garage, many customers have an area of their home that has become a dumping ground. For multiple reasons, whether a guest coming to stay or just getting sick of looking at ever-growing piles of stuff, this is often the motivation for customers to get professionals in to create loft storage.

#2 – creating space in living areas

This reason is more about decluttering all around the home, rather than one specific area. By opening up storage possibilities, customers can make space in wardrobes, clear shelves and move piles from corners of rooms to create a more streamlined space.

#3 – first owners in a new build property

Often one of the first jobs that owners want to get on with in new build properties is to board the loft and create some extra storage space.

#4 – already using an unboarded loft for storage

We think this one is a bit of a shocker, but we come across it frequently. Too many people are already using unboarded lofts for storage by balancing boards or offcuts of wood across joists. Thankfully we are called in because they have come to their senses and realised that wobbling around in the loft with the risk of putting a foot through the ceiling is not a good idea!

No-obligation quote

Whatever the reason, we are happy to provide a no-obligation quote for loft boarding in Stratford-upon-Avon and within a 20-mile radius from our Warwickshire base. Contact us now through the webform or email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

Forget DIY for loft boarding and loft ladders – we are taking bookings in Redditch and areas near you

The year is racing or is that just our impression? Spring is the perfect time to get on with all those jobs you’ve been meaning to get around to before summer starts. If creating proper loft storage with a fixed ladder or loft boarding is on your list, then why not free up your time to get on with other things by calling in the professionals?

Loft boarding is a tricky job – we should know, we’ve been working on our trade for over a decade. Our skilled team includes trained and experienced carpenters. As every loft is different and has its own quirks and features to work around, then our carpentry skills are essential to what we do.

What’s more, we can source the best materials from trade suppliers, meaning that when you cost up the job as a DIY project, you may be surprised that there is not such a huge difference in doing it yourself and getting us in, in terms of cost. Not when you take into account the amount of time it will take you, and the potential hidden cost of hiring the right tools.

We give a benchmark figure of £35 per square metre for loft boarding. The cost of the fixed ladder you choose varies according to your preference. Aluminium is the most cost-effective option; it is also incredibly light and strong, meaning that it is our most popular loft ladder.

So, with April nearly over, give us a call and we can provide a no-obligation quote so that you are ready to get on with other jobs or to start relaxing in the sunshine.

Call us on 07712 327 889.

Keeping busy boarding lofts and fitting loft ladders in and around Alcester

It’s spring and we’ve been busy. Maybe it’s the good weather or maybe just the time of year, but we have been particularly busy this April, boarding lofts and fitting loft ladders in Alcester and the surrounding Warwickshire towns and villages.

The photos below are from a job which shows what we do best: creating functional, easy loft access with no mess to clean up afterwards. For this customer, we fitted an aluminium loft ladder and enlarged the loft opening. The new larger hatch is ready insulated and closely fitting, so no more losing precious heat up to the loft cavity. It leaves a neat finish that blends in and looks as if it were always there. 

Our next job was a loft ladder installation and part-board for a customer in a new-build property in Alcester. Their preference was for a wooden ladder, which, as the photo shows, stows neatly away in the loft space. Part boarding is a popular option as it creates storage space without committing to boarding right up to the eaves, making it more economical.

Wooden loft ladder and part boarding in Alcester

In this third job, our experienced team moved the loft access from the bedroom to the landing. Not only was this a more convenient location, but we were able to ensure that the loft opening was larger than before, making it so much more useable. No more moving beds out of the way and then squeezing through a small loft opening for this customer.

All in all, three happy customers, even more so as all our work is guaranteed

Call us now on 07712 327889 for a no-obligation quote on loft boarding or fitting a fixed ladder. Or email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

We also move loft hatches and can advise on the best option for your home.