Transformed: From Dated 1950s Bungalow to a New England Home

first floor extension to dated bungalow with white cladding
(Image credit: Alistair Nocholls)

If there’s one characteristic shared by successful self builders and renovators, it’s the ability to see the treasure in the trash. For Amanda and James Rice, their hunt for a home on the Isle of Wight was frustrating, to say the least — the traditional stone cottage they’d set their heart on just wasn’t out there.

But their first viewing of a tired 1950s brick and block bungalow was one of those rare ‘aha’ moments when an original plan morphs into something infinitely better. “The bungalow was very underwhelming; the estate agent was trying to show us around and all we were thinking about was the coastal views — it was a dream spot,” says Amanda. 

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.