We turned our bungalow into a family home

The Heys supersized a small bungalow by extending it upwards and outwards to gain the space they needed

FEATURE Debbie Jeffrey   PHOTOGRAPHS Fine House   DESIGN Plus Rooms

Jono and Maria Hey bough a two bedroom semi-detached bungalow in 2015 with the aim of increasing the living space to accommodate their young sons. They create two new bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor as well as adding a side extension.

Spotting Potential

“We’d been renting a flat in Twickenham but wanted to find an affordable family house with a garden’, says Jono. “We saw a bungalow for sale in the next street. All the rooms were on the ground floor, but it had a large loft and a wide plot with huge potential.

Clever design

“We were looking for an all-in-one design and build service. We chose to work with Plus Rooms”, explains Jono. “They built a large dormer and installed a staircase, which is illuminated by a window over the landing. Demolishing the garage and building a side extension gave us the open plan space we wanted.

A hip-to-gable loft conversion adds a storey, matching the next door neighbour’s property (before shot below)

Eighteen-week Makeover

“It was a huge project but it’s the home we wanted with a transformed rear garden. It’s unrecognisable from the original bungalow and we now have all the space we need”.

Welcome to our home -Jono and Maria Hey live here with their two sons, Lewis, six, and Thomas, four.

The Property – A four-bedroom Fifties semi in Twickenham

The Value – Bought for £665,000 in 2015 and now worth more than £950.000

What is Cost
Building work and materials £156,000
Kitchen £16,000
Doors and windows £21,600
Bathroom £4,400
TOTAL £198,000

“It’s ideal for a young family now. Adding so much space and light has given this old house a new lease of life”.

‘The aluminium bifold doors and 3m skylight bring in masses of natural light,’ says Jono

French doors with a Juliet balcony were installed in the new first-floor guest bedroom

What we’ve learned
‘We had to zone different areas in the big, open-plan kitchen-diner with furniture. The island and our colourful IKEA storage bench divide the space and make it feel homely’

5 things you need to know about…


James Bernard, direct of Plus Rooms has the lowdown…

  1. They might require permission
    Most balconies or platforms higher than 300mm need it, but Juliet balconies are allowed under permitted development.
  2. Positioning is crucial
    A balcony doesn’t need to be south facing – it’s possible to build onto the east or even the north to enjoy the view. Be aware that a new balcony shouldn’t cut off light from the floor below.
  3. Size can vary
    Some balconies may be just large enough for a single chair, others might extend around a building – size is usually only restricted by supports.
  4. They can be hung or supported
    Cantilevered, steel-framed balconies jut out with no visible support, hung balconies use wall-fixed cables, stacked balconies stand on supporting vertical posts.
  5. Privacy is an issue
    Glass is the obvious choice for balcony balustrades, to avoid obstructing the view or cutting out light, but if the new balcony overlooks a neighbour, you may be required to add a privacy screen.