18 Sep - 18 Oct 2018
Phil bought his 1920’s chalet bungalow in 2009 with his partner Ails and three children.
The house structure when they moved in was mostly unchanged from the 1920s when it was built as a small chalet bungalow. As well as the old layout & fittings it was effectively uninsulated with solid brick walls, draughty floorboards and minimal roof insulation. It was not a comfortable place to live in especially during the 3 winters they endured, and hence when planning their changes a priority for them was to make it well insulated.
The main aim of the renovations was to create a well-balanced, attractive spacious house that made best use of the site. The original house had a few good original features they wanted to retain (mainly the bay window & the staircase), so they opted to keep the ground floor plan and fully modernise it with low maintenance & running costs. It took them quite a while to plan the changes, especially as they did most of the design & drawings themselves which involved lots of research, but allowed them flexibility to refine their ideas and maximise the layout efficiency. They got building quotes and employed a local builder. It was a complex job but he threw lots of people at it so made fast progress. They moved out when demolition of the main house began, and moved back in after around 5 months.