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.
“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.
“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)
“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
Doors and windows ?21,600
“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’
James Bernard, direct of Plus Rooms has the lowdown…
- ?They might require permission
Most balconies or platforms higher than 300mm need it, but Juliet balconies are allowed under permitted development.
- Positioning is crucial
A balcony doesn’t need to be south facing – it’s possible to bild 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.