Bungalow Design: A Guide to Getting Single Storey Living Right

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(Image credit: Ström Architects Ltd, Meadow House, CGI render artist: ‘nu.ma’)

Bungalow design needs careful planning and consideration if the benefits of single storey living – accessibility, futureproofing and the opportunity to connect to the garden, for example – are to be enjoyed.

Despite the many advantages of single storey homes the word ‘bungalow’ still throws up negative connotations for some, such as the post-war, poorly constructed properties of the past. 

Michael Holmes

Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating's Director of Content, Vice Chair of the self build industry body, the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). He also runs an architectural and interior design practice, offering design and project management services. He is one of the country's leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. 

Michael has presented over 150 property shows for BBC, ITV1, Channel 5, UK TV Style, and Discovery RealTime, including I Own Britain's Best Home; Don't Move Improve; Trading Up; Good Bid, Good Buy; Build, Buy or Restore?; How to Build A House; and Hard Sell.

Michael is also a regular expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. He has written for leading British newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Daily Express and The Independent and has appeared on news programmes such as BBC Breakfast.