Before and After: A Dated Bungalow to Oak Frame Dream Home

oak frame extension to bungalow
(Image credit: Richard Kiely)

Sometimes, the real potential of a plot is only revealed once you’ve lived in a property for a while. That was the case for Claire and Phil Baker, who back in 2011 bought a 1960s bungalow in the Cotswolds countryside then set to work on a shoestring budget to completely refurbish the property, drawing on the skills of a local carpenter, putting in hundreds of hours of their own time and calling on the support of local friends.

Only when they’d moved in and started living in the three bedroomed property did they realise just how amazing the hillside views were from the house. Luckily, the house sat on a generous third of an acre, and the couple had the budget to set out building an extension

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.