So this is where the journey begins. I will be blogging my renovations on a 1930 bungalow here. There is a more detailed blog at www.buildmybungalow.blogspot.co.uk
So the journey begins-It’s time I moved out of the rabbit hutch flat that served me well in my batchelor days and bought a house. I live in leafy North London and love the area. It’s a close enough to get into the City of London in less than half an hour and far away from all the hustle and bustle too.
At the beginning of the year I popped into a friend’s house- he had bought a bungalow and completely refurbished it, putting a bedroom in the loft with master en-suite as well as an extra bedroom downstairs. I was blown away- it was a far cry from the typical OAP style bungalows most are known for.
After living in a flat for 3 years I had grown accustomed to living on one floor so a bungalow really appealed to me.
7 days later I had put in an offer which had been accepted on a bungalow a few doors down.
This was a great project bungalow which looked like it hadn’t had anything done to it in the 40 years the owners were in it.
I preferred this as I didn’t want to pay a premium for a bungalow in good condition when I intended on ripping everything out.
The bungalow looks as though it hasn’t been touched since 1972 when the previous owners moved in. The fuse box is from around 1960, there is a hot water tank, but no boiler.
There is a gas fire in the lounge and the bedrooms have electric wall heaters. I intend to completely rewire the bungalow. I will have Lutron Lighting in the lounge and master bedroom.
I will remove the electric wall heater and install Gas Central Heating, with a combi boiler for heat and hot water.
My plans are to extend along the side and the rear. The door is currently on the side of the bungalow. By extending the side I will put the entrance door along the front.
This will also create a small hall which will have a shower room which the downstairs bedroom can access. Past the shower room will be a small study.
I will remove the current walls which divide the lounge from the bathroom and kitchen and open this up completely. An extension along the back and the rest of the side extension will make up the kitchen, lounge diner.
There will be 6 meter bi fold doors and a roof lantern in the rear extension.
There are currently two bedrooms but I will remove the dividing wall and convert that into one large bedroom ( further bedroom will be in the loft).
Stairs for the loft will be accessible from the lounge. The loft will have the master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
There will be a small server under the stairs that will feed audio and video to all the rooms.