Before and After: An Incredible DIY Bungalow Transformation

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a bungalow transformation with timber cladding (Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Laura and Will Dewar had the problem many families living in cities face: a lack of space and a growing family. Keen to move from their small flat in Wimbledon to create their own ‘grand design’, they had the benefit of Will being an experienced architect, but finding a plot or property proved a big challenge.

London was soon ruled out and they expanded their search, eventually settling on Farnham. “We had a few properties booked in to view that day and it was all a bit rushed,” Will recalls. “The first property was called ‘The Shambles’; we absolutely loved the area, set back from a quiet road up a small unmade track — it was very picturesque. But as we turned on to the drive to see the tired 1960s bungalow for the first time, it was rather underwhelming.”

Jo Dyson
Freelance Writer

Jo Dyson is an experienced property renovator, reconfiguring and interior design.