Before and After: A Dated 60s Bungalow Given a Contemporary Makeover

a bungalow restoration project
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Mike and Ruth Vernam are no strangers to the world of self build and renovation, having previously built their own five-bedroom home some 19 years ago. However, once their three children had flown the nest, it was time to downsize and take on their next challenge: a 1970 bungalow renovation and extension. 

The property Mike and Ruth bought was a typical bungalow of its time, complete with bricks in an unattractive shade of dull yellow, waney-edged timber cladding and coloured bathroom suites. “I had this idea of the space that I wanted to live in,” begins Mike. “We’d looked at several houses but when we saw this one in a local estate agents and had a look round, it just worked."

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.