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British Gas refused to enter loft

One of our recent customers in Tamworth initially called to say that British Gas had been to their house to service the boiler in their loft but had refused to do it as it was not safe. They had no loft ladder, no light and no flooring. We explained our ‘special offer’ package which sounded exactly what he needed. We booked him in there and then and within a week we had been and fitted him a new fully sealed drop-down plastic loft hatch, a light & switch, a 2 section British made, aluminium loft ladder and 160sq ft of raised moisture-resistant 18mm tongue & groove flooring all for £575 and installed in less than a day. Customer happy.


We have seen this numerous times before… A nice space on the landing to access the loft and where is the loft hatch situated?… In a cupboard of course! A lot of people think that it cannot be re-located to somewhere more convenient and just put up with their loft hatch being in a cupboard. This can get very annoying over time as the cupboard is then used to store items, and then more items, and then more items until the cupboard is full and then for whatever reason, they need to get into their loft. The cupboard then needs to be emptied to get enough space to get the stepladders in to provide some kind of access. Getting into the loft becomes a military operation and provides a major headache each and every time. It doesn’t have to be like this!

Let The Loft Men come and provide a solution to this logistical nightmare. In most cases the loft hatch in the cupboard can be re-located by The Loft Men to the landing ceiling or one of the bedroom ceilings with relative ease and in less than half a days work and with a lot less mess than you might imagine. This recent installation in Burton On Trent is a great example of this. Our customer bought a lovely old Victorian terraced house only to later realise that his loft hatch was in a store cupboard off the landing area. To make matters worse, the hatch opening was tiny and the customer could not even get through it. Initially, they wanted to check the amount/condition of the loft insulation but ultimately wanted to get the loft boarded to store some larger items that they had in storage and were paying a monthly fee for someone else to look after. They called The Loft Men after being told by two other tradesmen that they couldn’t help and the results were exactly what he had imagined. We moved the loft hatch to the landing and fitted a 600mm wide x 1300mm long Fakro timber loft access kit in their 3 meter high ceiling. We fitted a strip light, topped up his current loft insulation, raised the floor and boarded 25sq m of his loft. Result.

Packed To The Rafters

If you are lucky enough to have a detached or integral garage with a pitched roof, bear this idea in mind for adding some clever and much needed storage space to it. A garage should predominantly be a safe haven for your car/cars to be locked up at night, if there is any room left after this we like to store more expensive tools and electrical items that we don’t feel comfortable leaving in the shed. All too often though, over time, we start filling them with other items and then before you know it the car is relegated to the driveway pending a good sort out (which we never get around to doing).

We were called to a house on the Harvestfields estate in Sutton Coldfield where our customer wanted some extra garage storage space which he could easily access, the results are here for you to see……

Our customer was thrilled with the end result. He gained 120sq ft of well lit, extra storage space for his tools and personal effects. We also fitted an Abru ‘Easy-Stow’ loft ladder to make accessing his new storage space effortless. And most of all, his car is back in it’s rightful place – the garage. Here are some more images and what our customer had to say afterwards……..

Many thanks for the work you done yesterday for me…..I am extremely happy with how it has turned out and what you have done. I think I selected the correct position for my ladder after all. Cheers for the light and the switch. Really appreciate it mate.

I am surprised how much room there is for storage up there and that I can actually stand up in it.

I shall highly recommend you


Raising things up a level. Insulation is KEY

Insulation is KEY. As the winter approaches you will begin to find your heating bills increase, as with every year gone by. The majority of people will already have some old, dusty insulation in their loft. but that is usually only 100mm thick and lying exposed leaving your loft space a hazardous and possibly unusable environment. In our most recent job we raised the loft floor using new 4″x 2″ timbers, layed extra insullation, and and boarded it all over to give a nice finish. The government recommends that you have 270mm of insulation in your loft to helps reduce your carbon footprint, keep your house warmer and reduces energy bills. And with 350mm, and their loft now a new accessible room in their house, this customer was more than happy with the end result.