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The design brief was for a spacious family home with 5 double bedrooms, a large Kitchen/Dining area, good sized Lounge, a Study and a large Garage.  You can see from the Plans that this was acheived and it was also possible to incorporate some very attractive features in the process:


Large entrance hall with open Gallery to first floor,
Feature window to stairs providing plenty of natural light to both 
stairs, hall and landing,
Open-plan Kitchen and Dining Area with large glazed roof panel to
6.7 x 5m Lounge - large enough for all the family!
4 double Bedrooms; 2 with En-Suite Shower Rooms as well as a large
Master Bedroom with integral En-Suite and Walk-in Wardrobe.




The original Bungalow dated back to the 1930's amd was built without a modern foundation (which was quite common; a 'spread footing' was incorporated just below ground level to 'spread' the weight of the building over as much ground as was judged to be adequate).  The first task was a programme of underpinning to ensure the structural stability of the existing structure.


Once the existing structure was secure; foundations were installed for the Kitchen and Garage and the building began in earnest.  A total of 11 Steel Beams were required to provide support to the roof structure, floors etc.  The Cavity Walls were built using Lightweight Blocks with PIR (polyisocyanurate) Insulation to ensure compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations.  A Render finish was applied throughout but you can still see the original brickwork below if you look carefully!


Due to its complexity the Roof was cut and fitted on site by a local Site Carpenter and new Plain Tiles used to match the originals.  Dormers had been included to maximise the head-room within the new Bedrooms and En-Suites as the planners insisted on a 1 1/2 Storey rather than 2-Storey. 


UPVC Facias, Soffits and Gutters were specified to match the new Windows and to provide a low maintenance finish. 


This project is not yet finished but the photographs give a good idea of what the final result will look like.  As can be seen from the drawings; an Orangery is included within the original design and will be added in the future.


Views of the original Bungalow in need of Renovation


Demolish or Extend?


This client had bought a 2-bedroom Bungalow within a relatively large plot of land which was in need of either renovation or knocking down to make way for a replacement dwelling.  The third option; which the client chose, was to renovate the existing building and extend it whilst living on site!


My advice was to demolish and build from scratch, but Mr B was adamant that the renovation and extend route was better for him.

Views of the Renovated and Extended Dwelling