While many bungalows remain unattractive by today’s design standards, bungalow renovations can help transform an old-fashioned property into something modern and chic. With this in mind, here are 6 great ideas to set you off on the right foot.
1) Change up the layout
With the right architectural services at your fingertips, anything is possible, including changing up the layout of your bungalow. As all rooms are on the first floor, it’s important to think about privacy. If there’s a way to move your bedroom or living room to a location that’s not looking over a busy street or walkway, this could be beneficial. Similarly, if where you sleep is located next to a loud and noisy kitchen, change the layout so you’ve more peace and tranquillity.
2) Extend your bungalow
When living in a bungalow, there’s absolutely no need to feel cramped. With the required planning permission, you can extend to the side or the rear. This is a great option if you love your home but have a growing family which is making it feel pokey. Croydon architects such as Bluelime Home Design can help you with the more complex design elements regarding proportions, natural light and low roof lines, so don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
3) Consider a loft conversion
Loft conversions are a great way to add additional space to your current property – but there are some things to think about. Firstly, you’ll need a minimum of 2.3-metres of head height at your loft’s highest point. If you don’t, your extension won’t be practical. Secondly, if you live in a listed building, you might not be able to make the relevant changes. Other than that, you should be able to convert your loft without even seeking out regular planning permission.
4) Allow more natural light to flood in
A dark bungalow can feel small, cramped and somewhat eerie. One of the best ways to let natural light into your living space is to replace a flat roof with an open vaulted space that allows the sunshine to brighten your room. Roof lights and roof lanterns are another way to bring light into your floorplan, but always consult a professional engineer before you change the physical structure of your property.
5) Add a second storey
There are many benefits to single storey living such as retaining heat and not having to climb stairs. However, this might be outweighed by the need for more space. Adding an entire second story will most likely require planning permission and an inspection of your bungalow’s foundations. But if you get the green light, you can play around with the layout of your property and consider extras such as bathroom renovations.
6) Renovate your kitchen
Sometimes, changing a single room can greatly impact the look and feel of your property. Modern kitchen designs, for instance, can give your bungalow a fresh, vibrant look without having to completely revamp your home. What’s more, it might be worth turning small, boxy rooms into a larger, open plan dining area with an eating area in the kitchen or living room.
If you’re looking for south east architects, contact Bluelime Home Design today to talk about architectural services covering popular regions such as Dartford, Bromley, Bexley, Erith and Croydon. Find out more and book a home designer consultation.