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A fantastic example of the potential that small, uninspiring bungalows have, this particular property in Surrey, designed by Back to Front Design (01252 820984) and developed by Jon Wood of Osprey Property Developments (01731 814991 ospreypropertydevelopments.com) has been transformed into a US-style home, offering views over the countryside and a verandah. The original plans were rejected and the planners insisted that the roof bulk was kept to a minimum.
Turning this four bedroom detached house in Poole, Dorset, into a sleek, contemporary five bedroom home was the work of Rebecca Lang. Unperturbed by the house’s uninspiring exterior, she has transformed both the front and back of the property. Read more about this project...
Built in the 1960s, this once tired and ordinary house has been extended upwards and updated, and is now a contemporary family home with a host of eco-friendly features.
Another Back to Front Exterior Design creation, The Lodge at Ragdale Hall has undergone a complete overhaul in terms of its exterior design. The basic shape of the building has been kept intact, whilst external decoration has dramatically improved.
Built in the 1950s and architect designed, the owners of this bungalow bought it primarily for its fantastic location. Previously known locally as the ‘airport lounge’ it has now been brought up to date to be a stylish contemporary home that makes the most of its surroundings.
A little more than just an external ‘makeover’, but a fantastic example of what can be done with a 1960s dormer bungalow nonetheless, H&R’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Holmes’ second project resulted in this beautiful Arts & Crafts-style family home, yet retained many of the features of the original building.
This very modest 1960s three bedroom detached home in suburban Buckinghamshire wasn’t much to look at — until the owners, with the help of talented local architect Jeremy Spratley (01491 411277) and builder Simon Durrant (01628 477791) added an extra room and, perhaps more importantly, transformed its outside appearance from boring to contemporary chic.
Bungalows are often perfect makeover candidates. Although they have a reputation for being more suited to slightly older generations, they offer huge design potential — plus they often come with generous gardens so offer lots of potential for extending. George Hesse of exterior refurbishment specialist Back to Front Exterior Design feels it is a shame when people buy bungalows then demolish them. “People are often put off by the bungalow’s low, skulking form, but they offer huge potential to look more attractive,” he says. “There are plenty of people who feel that single-storey living would be perfect for them, but who also want a fantastic design.”