Old End (Remodel)
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This bungalow is located in a small village and occupiers a plot that benefits from panoramic breath-taking views to the rear of the open countryside. The bungalow sits in the centre of its 0.47 acre plot with a modest footprint of 1520ft² with a South West facing rear garden.
The existing house was built in the1960’s, and finished in a mixture of stone, brick and render under an interlocking concrete tiled roof and was originally built as a development with a carbon copy being built on the adjacent plot. Internally there are generous spaces do not flow with each other resulting in poor circulation and some spaces do not reflect their modern day use with the kitchen squeezed into the corner of the footprint.
Externally the materials are tired and the property is in need of modernising, in order to turn around this 1960’s (developers). The condition of the existing walls are structurally sound and where necessary if money can be saved then these can be retained in order to achieve the maximum out of the budget, with rooms being relocated to better suit their needs and use. The current layout does also not promote the use of the South facing garden and the rural countryside views to the rear are not taken full advantage of with the limited fenestration to the rear. The main challenge is to open up this elevation to maximise these features of this unique site.
Due to the views the property has and the privacy of the plot to the rear, exploring the opportunity to add an additional storey is essential to generate the required floor area the client is looking for as well as introducing glazing in the areas of the property that will benefit from most. The other main approach is to retain as much of the existing structure and internal layout as possible in order to create a significant saving as opposed to a replacement dwelling on the site.
Externally a modern contemporary house is achieved with simple shapes giving the property the architectural merit it deserves to sit on the plot it has. The palette of materials include a crisp white acrylic render with powder coated aluminium windows with the use of the local vernacular natural stone. The simple architectural detailing continues with the simple clean glass balcony wrapping around the first floor terrace served via two bedrooms.
The relocation of the entrance allows for an impressive double height entrance hall as you enter the property, with plenty of space for storing coats and shoes as to reflect the simple clean architectural finish of the external with the internal spaces. The layout has been constrained to reuse as much of the existing structure as possible with the primary spaces, kitchen, dining and family areas, breaking out into a newly constructed extension. This open planned element enjoys the rural panoramic views from every aspect of the space, with plenty of opportunity to break out onto external terracing which comprises of areas which benefit from direct sunlight and other shaded areas. Other spaces on this floor have been considered with the opportunity to serve a dual purpose, a large home office/study to the front has access to its own en-suite which makes it the perfect space for a guest suite if required.
With the double height entrance void with feature staircase the front could feel exposed and so brise-solei has been incorporated to make sure the occupiers feel that their privacy is not impacted. The gallery on the first floor looks down over the entrance and has access to the 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom takes full advantage of the views beyond the plot with a terrace to
The existing bungalow has been given a new clean contemporary finish with the internal spaces fully utilised to take advantage of what the site and surrounding features has to offer. The remodel creates an individually designed bespoke family home which can meet the occupiers current and future needs, with an overall footprint just short of 3,700ft²