Bungalow that did a turn to present a new face
This 1960s bungalow has experienced an amazing metamorphosis. Sharon Dale reports.
IT IS hard to believe that David and Abi Beevers’ strikingly modern house started life as a renovation project.
The pristine render, contemporary Velfac windows and immaculate interiors scream: “new build” yet the “before” pictures reveal that Netherdale is a remarkable reincarnation of a 1960s chalet bungalow.
The bones of the old house are still there, hidden beneath clever architectural design and a budget busting remodel.
“People think it is a new build but it isn’t, though as it turns out it would’ve been a lot easier and less expensive if it was, ”says Abi
Plans drawn by architect Gary Lupton included turning the roof round by 90 degrees giving more useable space and extra head height on the first floor.
So what used to be gable ends at the front and back of the bungalow are now at the sides and the house was also treated to a new windows and an atrium.
Remarkably, the fresh look and extra space was achieved without changing either the footprint or the height of the original property.
“Gary Lupton was brilliant. Changing the roof round to create a standard house shape was an inspired idea. We knew the house had potential when we bought it but we thought we’d achieve that by putting an extension on at the back, but this is so much better,” says Abi.
The couple stripped the bungalow right back, taking out the first floor, the internal walls and the staircase, leaving just external bricks and the chimney.
It wasn’t what teacher Abi and David, a business development director, envisaged when they first viewed the property four years ago.
The couple bought the house in Clint, a rural hamlet, near Harrogate, after being blown away by the location and the breathtaking views over Nidderdale.
“The view sold it to us. In fact, it’s so incredible I find it difficult to leave in a morning and go to work,” says David.
But before they could enjoy the vista, the couple faced an epic battle with Harrogate Council, followed by a longer than expected build and a total cost that was three times more than they had initially budgeted for.
Gaining planning permission took 18 months.
“The first plans were rejected, which we were amazed at because there is no vernacular on this road. Every house is different. There were no objections from neighbours ,” says David.
“There were lots of things the planners didn’t like including the large windows at the front, even though we explained that it was all about solar gain, not just the view.
“The front of the house is south facing and the sun warms the rooms. The windows at the back are smaller to minimise heat loss.”
The Beevers ended up going to appeal, which they lost, but it meant that officials had to be very specific about reasons for refusal. The only objection they could come up with was the cedar cladding.
“We took the cladding off the plans, resubmitted them and the council had to grant permission. It was incredibly long-winded and unnecessary, but I am glad we didn’t compromise,” says David.
“It would’ve been easier in planning terms and much quicker and cheaper to flatten the bungalow and start from scratch, but we didn’t realise that at the time.”
Building work took another year, but the result is a beautiful home that makes the most of its south facing orientation.
Inside, the hallway and landing are flooded with light thanks to the atrium and enormous Velfac door.
On one side of the ground floor, the former kitchen, sitting room and dining room are now an open-plan living kitchen with a decked balcony over the garage.
On the other side, two bedrooms are now one large sitting room/study area and a cloakroom.
Upstairs what was once a difficult 5ft wide space with rooms restricted by the sloping roof now has four roomy double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
There has been no expense spared on the interior. The flooring and internal doors are oak, the kitchen is German from Interiors of Harrogate and the kitchen is warmed by a Dutch Barbas fire.
White walls show Abi and David’s love of art and are decorated with paintings and prints and the couple came up with an innovative idea for using wallpaper without sticking it to the walls.
They made enormous mdf panels and covered them in wallpaper. A wood frame at the back allows the panel to hang on the wall with two screws.
Sourcing all the materials for the build and the interiors was a time-consuming task for the Beevers.
“It took all our spare time and we travelled all over. We even went down to Peterborough to see the windows at the Velfac factory to make sure they were exactly right. We are very exacting,” says Abi.
Though they thought they’d stay in the house for years, the couple have decided to sell to buy what they’ve always dreamed of – a barn with land.
“We have always wanted a barn and some land, so we are looking for a conversion project.
“We have learned so much here that we feel can use the experience to tackle a barn,” says Abi. “But if we don’t sell this, we won’t mind. It’s going to be very hard to leave and we certainly aren’t in any rush to go.”
Netherdale at Clint, near Harrogate, is for sale for £695,000 with Beadnall and Copley, tel: 01423 503500, www.beadnallcopley.co.uk
NOW AND THEN: The rebuilt 1960s chalet bungalow, above, and, below, how it looked when David and Abi Beevers bought it.
ALL NEW: The view from the living area and hall-atrium area which were created in the rebuild.