Upside down living spaces can be enhanced with the addition of balconies and access to outdoor spaces, as shown in this contemporary home featured below
Rugged coastlines, peaceful country scenes and captivating cityscapes are increasingly tempting homebuilders to consider an upside-down floorplan for their homes, in order to take full advantage of the views they have to offer.
Often coupled with an open plan layout and large glass panels installed along the length of the house, this unconventional design allows you to make stunning views a leading feature in your home. An upside down house could also be the best way to make the most of an awkward sloping site.
Homebuilding & Renovating has pulled together a collection of the most impressive upside down houses, which are bound to inspire you to consider an alternative layout.
1. City Self Build
This eco-friendly self build, designed by Adam Clark of Halliday Clark Architects, adopts an upside down style. Complete with a terrace and open plan kitchen-living room on the first floor, the potential of this narrow plot space is maximised. There is also a roof garden on the top of the home to provide even better views of their surroundings.
The small city home, positioned at the end of a row of terraced houses, was completed for just £139,000.
2. Seaside Home
Catherine and Adas replaced a dated coastal bungalow with a contemporary self build, designed to make the most of the wonderful sea views. A large first floor living area was a priority for the young family. The new home blends in with the beach landscape thanks to the timber cladding and stone gabion walls below.
Read all about Catherine and Adas’ dream self build home by the sea.
3. Eco House
This previously unremarkable six-bedroom chalet bungalow was transformed into a spectacular upside down eco house, a move that maximised the potential of the home as a holiday cottage for both the family and paying guests.
An upside down design makes the most of estuary views from the first floor living area, while also allowing ease of access to an area for storing wetsuits, as well as bathrooms and showers from the ground floor — ideal after a day at the beach!
4. State of the Art Bespoke Build
Despite the plot being situated at the edge of a conservation area, architect Robert Seymour was instructed to complete the project with his clients desire for an unapologetically modern home in mind.
5. Built with Family in Mind
This timber frame home, imported from Lithuania, was built with family living in mind. For homeowners Matthew and Lesley, the decision to design a home with three bedrooms on the ground floor, all with private entrances, meant more independent living for their older children.
6. Contemporary Self Builds
Situated in a Glasgow suburb, this contemporary self build seeks to maximise its challenging positioning (it slopes up away from the road and levels out towards the back of the plot.) In order to achieve this, the house was designed with a semi basement space, ground floor bedrooms and an open plan living space on the second storey, offering views of both the city and the countryside.
7. Updated Bungalow
Inspired by the eclectic mix of homes surrounding their plot, homeowners Jayne and Tim sought to turn a 1960s bungalow into something spectacular. Whilst the hillside positioning of this home did pose some challenges, the spectacular views it offers, particularly from its open plan living space, were worth the effort.
8. Remodelled Cottage
After purchasing this cottage, in a sleepy Devonshire village, for the third time during the course of his life, Bob and wife Edith decided to pull the old structure down and rebuild. Despite opting for an untraditional layout-the ground floor is complete with three en suite bedrooms — the rest of the house was designed to complement neighbouring properties.
9. Bungalow Remodel
Built in 1916 this pre war bungalow boasted enviable loft spaces, making it a prime candidate for conversion. This potential, coupled with the desire of owners Zoran and Sandra to experiment with contemporary design, led to their purchasing and subsequent remodelling of this dilapidated bungalow into a state of the art, modern home, complete with an upside-down floor plan.
Malloy and Steve had longstanding visions for this previously dated roadside cafe. Despite not initially being in a position to purchase the property, the couple did not give up on their dream of transforming the space. Five years later the home has been converted into a light, contemporary holiday let, complete with upside-down floor plan.
11. Industrial Style
Having secured a dated 1930s bungalow in a cliff top location, the journey to create a modern, industrial style two storey home began. The minimalist style of the frameless glass rooflight, coupled with the glass panels that line the house front enable the maximum amount of light to enter this contemporary home, whilst offering spectacular views of the rugged coastline.
12. Coastal Plot
After 25 years of maintaining a single storey property as a holiday let, Tony and Valerie decided to transform an increasing costly bungalow into their dream retirement home. In order to finance their dream build, the couple also decided to construct a second, slightly smaller, home that they could sell on.