Modern makeover turns dated home into contemporary cottage
Modernising a dated Dales bungalow and helping it blend into a village setting took time and vision. Sharon Dale reports.
TRANSFORMING a 1970s bungalow into a contemporary cottage was a challenge set by Jacqueline Kimber, who could see that the property had potential.
Her partner Richard, meanwhile, wasn’t so sure that the dated Dales home in West Burton could undergo such a successful metamorphosis.
“It was known as one of the worst-looking houses in the village and it didn’t work inside. I tried to explain that I wanted it to flow, which Richard didn’t really understand until the project was finished,” says Jacqueline.
Luckily, they found the right man for the job in architect Colin Briggs, of WR Dunn, who came up with a design to help tone down the 1970s exterior, while remodelling the interior, changing the garage into a utility room and bedroom and adding a 21st-century rear extension.
The £165,000 makeover was so successful, the bungalow has become an award-winning building. It was joint winner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Best Building Design Award last year and has just been short-listed for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Pro-Yorkshire Awards.
“The house looks better and it really works for us now. Colin was brilliant and very imaginative. He had lots of ideas and really cared about what we wanted to achieve,” says Jacqueline.
The project, which took a year from design to completion, began with planning permission.
The single-storey dwelling is in a conservation area and it is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
“We worked very closely with the National Park. I’d say it was a team effort and took about six months of consultation about everything from the stone to the slates before we got planning permission,” says Jacqueline.
Colin Briggs adds: “The property is situated adjacent to a grade II listed house in a conservation area. As architects, we were keen to enhance the aesthetics of the existing property to improve the design quality and relationship to the local vernacular.
“The scheme has a sensitive and traditional approach to the property where it is visible from the public highway – for example, the replacement of the UPVC windows with hardwood timber – while allowing exciting contemporary architectural detailing within the private, secluded rear garden.”
The rear extension is a spectacular addition that houses a snug leading into the kitchen and includes doors that open onto the garden.
“Details such as the projecting stones in the rear façade directly relate to many of the surrounding traditional structures; while the contemporary glazed corner mimics the fenestration to the former village public house.
“The large overhanging eaves on the extension provide shelter and protection during winter months and a cool shaded environment at other times of the year,” says Colin, who replanned the interior layout to make the most of the old and new space.
There was just one hiccup and that was finding asbestos in the building and having it removed added to the time schedule and the budget.
“It wasn’t actually dangerous unless disturbed, but I said I wanted it out and that did delay us quite a bit,” says Jacqueline.
But it was all worth the wait. The bungalow, which had two bedrooms and one bathroom, now has three bedrooms, two with en-suites, plus a new cloakroom, utility room and storage space.
The RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards: After initial judging, 56 entries have made the shortlist and are now in with a chance of winning one of the nine awards, which will be presented on May 20 at The Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds. A host of innovative projects has been submitted and range from small-scale schemes built by the vision and persistence of one person, through to multi-million pound developments. “We were delighted to receive such a high number of entries – one of the highest in the country – having suffered some challenging economic conditions in recent years. On the other hand, with some many great schemes around it has made the shortlisting process particularly tough this year,” says Colin Harrop, Chairman of the RICS Yorkshire and Humberside.
TRANSFORMED: The bungalow is now an award-winning contemporary cottage thanks to a clever renovation and extension. Left to right: The bungalow before, the garage conversion and the contemporary new extension.