Bring Your Semi-Detached to Life with a Single-Storey Extension in New Milton, Hampshire

The Property

The existing bungalow, a 1 bedroom 1966 semi-detached bungalow, had a tiny kitchen and an uninsulated outhouse which was used as utility space but had uneven floors. The clients needed space for dining, a bootroom to help with dog walks and possible accessibility options for the future.

The Vision for the House

The bungalow was on a tight plot and an awkward shaped site. An existing garden room needed to be accommodated. There is a tiny back garden and therefore potential views needed to be carefully considered.

We looked at 5 options.

Option 1

The first was a rear extension with an angled wall to match the site.

Options 2 & 3 looked at varieties of a rear extension which would provide space for a peninsula kitchen and table and side extension for a small utility room, which could also be a back entrance.

Option 4 looked at just a rear extension with a utility room tucked in the middle of the plan.

Option 5 was a wildcard but suggested bringing the kitchen to the front of the bungalow, which allowed space for an additional bedroom. This would potentially increase the value of the finished project.

The Solution

The clients chose the rear and side extension option, using a crown roof to link to the existing hipped roof of the bungalow and adding a rooflight, as large as possible to get daylight deep into the plan. Steps were designed to the new back door but the plan allows for a ramp in the future if this is needed.

Architect: Laura Simpkins, Pride Road New Forest & Bournemouth
Builder: Your Space Construction
Kitchen Designer: Vivien Holt
Structural Engineer: AW Partnership

We now have 2 washing machines, one for us and one for the dogs. Its the dream, what we always wanted! 
Mary and Kerry

I love the impact of the cut roof and dramatic rooflight in a modest building.
Pride Road

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