See how a couple cut their semi-detached bungalow in half in order to build a brand-new detached home

A newly built a home that was formerly a semi detached bungalow
(Image credit: Adam Carter)

Demolishing a semi-detached house wasn't always what Beth and Oly Perkin originally set out to do on the search for their perfect detached home. The couple viewed over 40 properties and made offers on eight, but they had always missed out – that is, until they saw a semi-detached bungalow on a large plot. 

As a deceased estate, the building needed attention, but it was under budget and the semi-rural, wooded setting won the young couple over immediately.

Alexandra Pratt
Homes Journalist

Alexandra Pratt is a home journalist with over 20 years experience, who has written for a number of self build titles. She has interviewed countless architects and self builders.


She is also a serial renovator and has been overhauling properties for over 15 years, and has built her way up the property ladder by undertaking DIY, living on site and project managing her own renovation and self build projects.