‘We made our ugly bun­ga­low beau­ti­ful’

Ann Watkin­son and Melise Jones gave a Seven­ties eye­sore a ma­jor makeover (and loads of kerb ap­peal)

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Strug­gling for space in their Vic­to­rian home, Ann Watkin­son and her part­ner Melise Jones moved to a larger – but uglier – Seven­ties chalet bun­ga­low nearby in Sh­effield.

SPACE OVER STYLE

‘No­body un­der­stood our choice to buy a big, dated house,’ says Ann, ‘but we wanted space for guests, a study and a play­room for the grand­chil­dren. The house was un­ap­peal­ing in ev­ery way, so we knew it’d be a real project.’

EX­TE­RIOR FACELIFT

The small plot meant that ex­tend­ing wasn’t vi­able, so the cou­ple over­hauled the out­side in­stead. ‘We used lo­cal ar­chi­tects Coda Be­spoke (0114 279 6003; co­das­tu­dios.co.uk),’ says Ann. ‘They came up with the cladding by the front door, which ex­tends up and along to act as ex­ter­nal blinds to our loo and en suite.’

QUICK CHANGE

‘We didn’t need plan­ning, so it all hap­pened quickly,’ says Ann. ‘The roof was re­placed with mod­ern con­crete tiles, and the plas­tic win­dows and doors with alu­minium-framed ver­sions. Now it’s so much lighter, and we have all the space we need.’

ADDING A NEW ROOF, WIN­DOWS, DOORS AND SMART CLADDING HAS TRANS­FORMED THE HOUSE

THE ORIG­I­NAL FAÇADE WAS DATED AND UN­AP­PEAL­ING

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