Wade Cottage (Remodel) - Project Cost 250k
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This chalet bungalow is located on the Wirral in Merseyside, enjoying commanding views over the Irish Sea. The site is in a mature setting with great landscaping. The existing property does not take advantage of these opportunities with the internal space failing to relate to its surroundings.
This area already consists of large individually designed dwellings and therefore the final remodel is not constrained to a particular style. The existing bungalow already provides good levels of accommodation including 4 bedrooms and a footprint of over 300m² (3229ft²). It's quality of space here that is the issue, and not the amount.
Externally the existing bungalow is finished in a mixture of painted render, tile hanging on the walls and a concrete tiled roof. The finishes are dated and the property needs attention.
In summary, The problems with this property is that it fails to address the features of the site and the quality of the internal space is poor, particularly the first floor bedrooms which all suffer from lack of headroom. Although most of the rooms on the ground floor are located correctly, there needs to be a significant remodel to open up the rooms to the view and orientation. One of the challenges is the shape of the large footprint, which generally represents a large square. This creates less elevation per m² of footprint, and therefore space in the center of the square requires more natural light.
The approach to the design is to generate better quality space and locate these where they can benefit from the view. To achieve this the roof structure needs complete replacement, and extending on the ground floor should only need to be minimal.
Internally the ground floor has been increased a small amount, creating better quality living space facing the view and opening onto the rear garden. To get the natural light penetrating deep into the footprint, the ground floor is open plan to the extreme. However 2 separate rooms have been retained so there are areas to escape the hustle and bustle.
On the first floor 4 bedrooms have been provided, with the master and bedroom 2 benefiting from dressing, en suites and access to a covered breakfast balcony. The new two storey rear extension has been created in oak frame, which allows to use of full height glazing on both floors to really make the most of the view.
The final footprint results in a total floor area of 380m² (4,090 sq ft), indicating that the focus has been to create better quality space that feels and works better.
Externally the new style is contemporary but uses traditional materials including natural stone, oak frame, render and slate roof.