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Recycling this bungalow in this wooded area has transformed it into a contemporary family home.

Working with MawsonKerr Architects in Newcastle, the main design intention driving this Inside Out Home, was to recycle the existing structure as much as possible whist making it sit more comfortably within the garden. Rebuilding the upper floor in a lightweight off-site timber construction allowed us to spread the load evenly and retain the lower walls and foundations. It also allowed us to clad this upper floor entirely in slate so that it reads as one unified volume; making a clear architectural distinction between the ground floor/landscape and the roof volume. Splitting the main volume in 2 in this way reduced the sense of scale and visual impact that we feel is appropriate given the semi-rural quality of the Estate.

The project is featured as part of the Inside Out Homes series produced for Channel 4.

LOCATION: Newscastle

PROJECT COST: £185,000

SITE ARCHITECT: MawsonKerr Architects

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: James Christopher Consulting

MAIN CONTRACTOR: C&D Building Services

GLAZING: Internorm

DORMERS: Aluminium Standing Seam

Zac Monro Architects are an award winning, design lead architectural practice based in Brixton, South London, and have been practicing in the UK and abroad since 1995.  The nature of our work is diverse: from small-scale interventions to masterplanning. What we specialise in is attention to detail. Having quietly built-up a reputation on small-scale extensions and renovations, we are also experienced in new-build housing, commercial office projects, and public works.

Keen to push for excellence in the difficult environment of the construction industry, we respect, value and encourage collaborative involvement in the design process, from the client to the community, which we consider to be crucial to our work.

Picked up by Channel 4 after an appearance on Grand Designs, ZMA renovated a number of homes across Britain to create homes and outside spaces that unlock the potential of living inside and out, demonstrating that altering a home can transform the lives of 12 families for the better. You can find the full ‘Inside Out Homes’ series here: