Amazing Before and After
Architectural designer Tony Holt has transformed a drab 1950s bungalow in Hampshire into a striking two-storey home, which now makes the most of the views
From 1960s bungalow to two-storey modern family home
Positioned on a sloping site in Hampshire, this 90m² two bedroom bungalow was built in the 1950s with a simple footprint. The rear garden with terrace and mature trees is one of the highlights, but the property failed to respond to the site — interior spaces had limited views over the garden.
“When looking at the change in level on site, it was clear that extending would be too expensive,” says Tony Holt. “To avoid extensive groundworks, we proposed a new storey to create additional accommodation, which would then free up the ground floor to provide better quality open plan living spaces. By adding a duo-pitched roof with the ridge aligned front to back, the eaves level is low at the boundaries and so doesn’t impact on the neighbouring properties.”
In order to open up the ground floor, a former bedroom adjacent to the hall has been combined to create a larger entrance hall with a staircase leading up to the new first floor, complete with double-height vaulted ceiling above. The existing living room has been converted into an integral garage, and another former bedroom has made way for a spacious home office.
“In order to create the generous family space the clients were after, the existing bathroom and WC to the rear were removed and a large open plan kitchen and living area created here,” says Tony. “Thanks to the new predominantly glazed rear façade, this space now has a fantastic outlook over the garden and allows plenty of natural light to flood the interiors.”
The new first floor, accessed via a feature staircase, offers three generous bedrooms, two with en suite, and a family bathroom — the master bedroom also benefits from a dressing area. A large roof overhang to the rear elevation has allowed for the creation of a covered terrace accessed from the master bedroom and bedroom two.
“Our aim was to provide the clients with a contemporary family home, which has been achieved by reconfiguring spaces to make the most of the views and locating the bedrooms within a new storey,” says Tony. “We have also updated the façade with a fresh, crisp white render to accompany the large expanses of glazing. The finished design has a footprint of approximately 210m² and is a home that the clients can enjoy for years to come.” H