The Elms (Remodel)
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The owners of this bungalow approached us with a preference to creating a more traditional remodel, whilst creating a style that was individual. The existing bungalow is set on a nice South facing plot and is in real need of updating. The cramped loft accommodation needed remodelling to create good quality first floor bedrooms.
This existing chalet bungalow build in the 1970s provides 210m2 of accommodation providing 3 bedrooms. On the ground floor the layout comprises of a large rectangular sitting room, small dining room and kitchen. The existing footprint has been extended previously to provide a large utility room and double garage set on a lower level to the East side of the plot.
The first floor bedroom are set within the roof structure and suffers with extensive sloping ceilings and flat roof dormers providing a small amount of relief and much needed headroom.
Externally the concrete tiles, stone walls and render are tired and the property is in need of a general update.
The bungalow is set on a good sized South facing plot and there is an opportunity to reconfigure the internal spaces to open up and enhance the aspect onto the rear garden.
The New Design
For this property the only way to fix the issue with the poor accommodation on the first floor is to replace the roof structure so that better quality bedrooms can be provided. Ground floor extensions and alterations are focused on the South East corner which provides the best opportunity to locate a large open plan kitchen family space, whilst retaining the existing living room which can remain unchanged. The site slopes down towards this corner which allows the new kitchen family space to be on a lower ground level, increasing the ceiling heights in this area. The new space is completed with a centrally located 3 sided fireplace that can be appreciated from anywhere in the open plan area and provides a good focal point.
The new first floor is served by a centrally located staircase with gallery landing, provides a master bedroom with dressing and en suite, bedroom 2 with en suite, and bedrooms 3 and 4 sharing a family bathroom.
Externally a traditional New England style has been achieved with the use of cement fibre cladding and rendered external walls. A new slate roof and small amounts of natural stone adds a touch of class and the facelift is completed with a painted timber truss forming a canopy over the front door.
The new design takes the total footprint to 284m2 and creates quality space in a neat and compact layout to meet modern living standards.
The design takes the existing 2,200ft² house and increases it to just over 3,000ft² by adding a small extension to the ground floor and replacing the first floor to provide a 4 bedroom, 2 en suite layout.
Planning was granted on the first attempt in June 2013 and work commenced on the technical design immediately, with construction starting in summer 2014.