Benellen Road (Remodel)
This remodel transformed a tired 1930's Spanish style chalet bungalow into a New England inspired family home. The site is located in a conservation area but planning permission was granted on the first attempt as the new design was considered as having a positive contribution. The property is set on a good site, with unique features and lots of opportunities to explore including a South facing garden facing onto a woodland aspect. The existing building had been subject to a number of flat roof extensions to the rear and due to the sloping nature of the site, many of the landscape features were failing into disrepair and are unsafe.
The original chalet bungalow provided 2,250ft² with 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms and a kitchen/dining room. There was also a large garage located beneath the main property producing a split level arrangement. The surrounding area consists of larger detached dwellings and this property was aesthetically one of the less appealing houses in the area. It does however have one of the best plots with its raised position above the road offering the opportunity of distant views, and orientated South/South West meaning that although surrounded by mature trees providing a secluded feel, there was is also plenty of natural light on offer. Internally the ground floor has been increased front and back in order to reconfigure the internal space to provide a large open plan kitchen/family space, a double height entrance hall and gallery landing. A new side extension provides an attached garage, downstairs WC and laundry room accessed from the kitchen. On the first floor the bathroom and bedrooms 3 and 4 have remained unchanged, whilst bedrooms 1 and 2 have been increased in floor area. The master bedroom benefits from roof space over a the new garage allowing the creation of a dressing room and en-suite, with the added feature of a covered terrace overlooking the rear garden.
The results take the final footprint over 3,000ft² adding approximately 1,000ft² of new space, whilst re-configuring the existing interior to generate better quality spaces in a new arrangement to suit the clients lifestyle.
The original garage at lower ground level has been extended and converted into a self contained annexe and provides a great place for guests to stay.
Externally the house is predominantly finished in weatherboard with some bespoke joinery around the roof overhangs and careful attention to the window style to complete the New England style. The use of stone to the lower ground floor level reinforces that the main house starts visually at the upper level and leads the eye up to main entrance. The existing roof tiles have been replaced with natural slate to provide a colour contrast against the light grey weatherboard.