Bungalow’s incredible conversion
OUR main Property Post feature last week told the story of a conversion of a 1950s bungalow into a stunning, two-storey home.
The gremlins crept into the production process, which meant that although readers saw the before picture, they didn’t see the after shot of the property that was recently shortlisted for an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award.
Here it is and as you can see it is an incredible transformation that started with owners Iain and Donna Richardson buying the 1950s bungalow at auction in September 2008 for £155,000.
They could have extended the two-bedroom home to the side and created rooms in the roof, but architect Tim Smith persuaded them to go up to create a two-storey, contemporary home.
It was the more expensive option, but they figured they wouldn’t have to move again.
Planning and building regulations approval took almost a year, not least because some of the materials and methods were unconventional. The Richardsons wanted the first floor rooms open to the roof and so specially-designed asymmetric trusses were used. After structural engineers deemed that the bungalow was strong enough to carry another storey, the couple hired builder Neil Turton. He took off the old roof and lowered the sills at the front of the house to make larger picture windows. The first floor was created and the back of the house remodelled with large areas of glazing and pilasters. Inside, the ground floor was reconfigured to create a glazed porch, en-suite bedroom, cloakroom, open plan kitchen/ dining area and sitting room. Upstairs, there is a large landing/ office space, a bathroom and two bedrooms. The build took about a year and Iain and Donna, both 31, moved in last summer.
The project and fit-out cost about £100,000, bringing the total cost of the house to £255,000 and the house is now the perfect home for the couple and their new baby daughter, Oona.
“It looks like a new-build,” says Iain. “You’d never guess there was a redbrick bungalow beneath the render.”
LIGHT AND SPACE: The Italian style open-plan kitchen and dining area.