Sarah and Paul Cartwright bought a run-down bungalow in a Dorset Conservation Area, with a plan to “do it up”, but ultimately decided to completely transform and extend it into a contemporary holiday home. A heavily sloping site meant some ingenious design features have been employed in order to maintain privacy and make the most of the stunning views.
The couple hired architect Annie Martin to transform the property. She suggested alterations that responded to the quirks of the site, to reduce overlooking and provide a better connection between home and garden. An open plan layout on the ground floor has been cleverly designed to include a sliding pocket door which can close off the living space when required.
- Project: Extension and remodel of a bungalow
- Location: Dorset
- Build time: May 2014 – Jun 2015
- Size: 186m2
- Plot cost: £248,000
- Build cost: £350,000 (£1,882/m2)
- Value: £700,000 – £750,000
The two bedroom bungalow was built in 1998 and was 3m lower than the road and parking, but 1.7m above the rear garden.
The entire rear wall of the property has been removed and replaced with glazed sliding doors which open up the living space and kitchen to the new raised deck, transforming the previously almost windowless wall. The doors lead out from the living room and kitchen can be used to access the rear garden.
The Sloping Site
On entering through the front door from the bridge, you are met with views out over the Dorset countryside beyond. The formerly sloping front garden was heavily excavated to accommodate the extension.
The house is entered on the first floor via a ‘bridge’. The staircase then leads down to the hallway and main living spaces.
Sarah managed to purchase the sleek kitchen for half its original price by going for an ex-demonstration kitchen.
Open Plan Spaces
Although the living room is open plan to the kitchen and dining space, a huge pocket door can be closed to separate the spaces when required.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The ground floor bedrooms lead out on to a sunken patio area, while three bathrooms and a shower room means the house works well for family life.
It was important for Sarah and Paul to maximise the outdoor spaces, given the enviable location of the house — at the front, a patio lowered into the ground makes for a private seating space, while the rear garden has been designed to make the most of the views.
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