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The owners of this bungalow had already unsuccessfully applied for planning permission with a poorly thought out proposal, and when met with great resistance from local residents and the council almost gave up.
When appointed to remodel the existing property, we realised it was a real challenge and we needed to see just how far we could go and still achieve planning permission. The refusal gave us a starting point and we set about trying to create an envelope that could integrate successfully into the street scene.
This single storey bungalow already provides 150m² of accommodation including 3 bedrooms and a double garage. Built in the 1970s it represents a typical property built in this era, with brick external walls and a low pitched concrete tile roof. These properties lack character but usually have larger rooms than older properties and often present a good opportunity for a remodel.
The existing layout is arranged in an 'H' shape, generating a lot of external wall area when compared to the overall footprint. The arrangement of rooms in this property is extremely poor with the kitchen facing sideways onto the neighbours property, and the bathroom and w.c in the centre of the footprint facing onto the rear garden.
The New Design
Any solution needs to reconfigure the spaces into more appropriate locations. The property sits on a generous size plots with large front and rear gardens. The side boundaries sit close to the property, and careful consideration will be needed for the final design to integrate into the street scene respecting the surrounding properties. As with most remodels, understanding how much of the existing property should be retained is key and helps ensure that a new design is deliverable. In this case it’s vital that no more than 50% of the existing external walls are demolished to achieve the right ground floor layout, and preferably this figure should be more towards 75%. Another key consideration for the new design is how to successfully integrate a new envelope into the existing street scene. For this property the overall mass and bulk needed to be located in the centre of the plot reducing towards the side elevations to avoid overbearing on the neighbouring properties. For this reason the new design adopts a roof with ridges that run from front to back, ensuring that the eaves are as low as possible to the side elevations.
On the ground floor a simple infill of the 'H' shape is all that was needed in order to create a new large entrance area creating a light and spacious first impression. The garage door has been re-orientated to face towards the road so it can form part of the new front elevation. The remaining ground floor has been reconfigured so that the main habitable rooms are stretched across the rear elevation, facing onto the rear garden. Less important rooms such as utility and w.c repositioned in the middle of the footprint.
On the first floor the new roof shape helps to accommodate 4 double bedrooms, 3 en suites and a family bathroom. The bedrooms benefit from vaulted ceilings and full height glazing to the front and rear gable ends, generating good levels of natural light.
Externally a modern look has been achieved white render, grey aluminium windows and a slate roof, complimented by natural stone cladding to introduce texture and warmth.
We ensured that a comprehensive design statement was submitted with the drawings, which explained our approach to the redesign and how we had given consideration to the planning sensitive criteria, in order to prove that the proposals were acceptable.
The proposed design was granted planning on our first submission in June 2013. The design takes the existing single storey dwelling from 1,800ft² to just over 3,000ft² and creates a new contemporary style.