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Ar­chi­tect Bren­dan Tracey sug­gests how to up­date a reader’s bun­ga­low

Bren­dan Tracey is a di­rec­tor of Phillips Tracey Ar­chi­tects. Af­ter train­ing at the Univer­sity of Brighton, Bren­dan joined PRP Ar­chi­tects where he de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in hous­ing and sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture. He has worked on a num­ber of award­win­ning projects Phillip­stracey.com

the brief

Rachel Holmes ad­mits the 1968 bun­ga­low in Con­gle­ton, Cheshire, where she lives with her fam­ily, was bought for its drive­way, garage and gar­den. How­ever, what it of­fers in out­side space, it lacks in­ter­nally.

The semi-de­tached home has two be­d­rooms, one liv­ing room and a draughty gar­den room-style ad­di­tion, which is in­suf­fi­cient for the four of them. Rachel is look­ing for a way to ex­tend out or even up to cre­ate a big­ger bed­room or be­d­rooms for their chil­dren to sleep and play in, space for an open-plan kitchen-diner, and to mod­ernise the dated build­ing.

the so­lu­tion

The works I pro­pose are bro­ken down into two el­e­ments. First would be the re­place­ment of the poor-qual­ity con­ser­va­tory with a new sin­gle-storey rear ex­ten­sion which would house an open-plan kitchen and liv­ing/din­ing area. This brick-faced ex­ten­sion would be sep­a­rated from the ex­ist­ing build­ing by a small court­yard, the two con­nected by a study link. The court­yard can be used as a play area, for ex­ter­nal din­ing or a tran­quil fo­cus for the spa­ces sur­round­ing it. Slid­ing doors pro­vide a seam­less link both to the court­yard and the main gar­den.

Ceil­ing heights in the new ad­di­tion will be gen­er­ous, al­though the roof above the kitchen cup­boards would be lower to min­imise im­pact on the neigh­bours. The kitchen’s new po­si­tion would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for al­fresco din­ing in the gar­den as well as in the new court­yard.

A se­dum roof over the ex­ten­sion would of­fer an im­proved out­look from the loft level. An ab­stract pat­tern of rooflights will bring more nat­u­ral day­light into the space.

The sec­ond el­e­ment would see the ex­ist­ing bun­ga­low rad­i­cally trans­formed with a new dou­ble-height hall­way, util­ity, three gen­er­ous be­d­rooms and two bath­rooms. The roof will be re­placed at the rear with a new brick­built first floor for a bed­room suite.

I sug­gest mov­ing the en­trance door to the front of the house and cov­er­ing with a porch, im­prov­ing the kerb­side view. Once in­side the dou­ble-height hall­way, a dra­matic open riser stair­case will lead up to the first floor, lit by a large rooflight. The new hall will also pro­vide ac­cess to the re­con­fig­ured ground floor and a clear vis­ual link to the back gar­den

In this in­stance, we have main­tained the mod­est street frontage but have cre­ated a light-filled house full of un­ex­pected spa­ces and vol­umes, pro­vid­ing a bright and mod­ern three-bed fam­ily home.

ES­TI­MATED COSTS

Builders work (rear ex­ten­sion) £20,000 Builders work (al­ter­ations & loft) £20,000 Glaz­ing £10,000 Electrics £7,000 Heat­ing and hot wa­ter £5,000 San­i­tary­ware £5,000 Floor fin­ishes £4,000 Stair­case £4,000 To­tal £75,000

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