Bungalows are often the quickest type of property to sell, as estate agents we know say that some buyers (and not all are old) specify they want a single storey dwelling. Wise too, as they tend to be snapped up when sold on.
There’s other advantages too in that older bungalows from the 1920s to the 1970s, for argument’s sake, are often on relatively generous plots, which means that extensions often don’t mean a great sacrifice of garden space.
That brings us to the first strategy, if we can call it that, extending outwards.
Extensions to outer walls
An obvious plan for a bungalow is to extend outwards with some internal adjustments. Those 1930s bungalows were typified by a large reception room with a small kitchen. Kitchens weren’t seen as places to sit, to eat, to wine or dine in the pre-war years. They were small and functional. A pantry or cold shelf meant there was little need for a vast American fridge freezer (had they existed), the stone sink was the dishwasher and washing machine and that was it.
Now though, kitchens are living spaces and a commonly successful plan is to extend the space into the garden with a complete kitchen overhaul.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to an external extension, you can remodel inside. Providing you seek the help of a planning architect who can draw up feasible plans, internal corridors can morph into new spaces with some clever thinking. We’ve seen living rooms and kitchens merge into one space mimicking a loft style apartment of London or Manhattan.
The only way is up?
If more space is really needed and you don’t want a smaller extension, you can go all Yazz and her Plastic Population (google it if you’re young!) and say the only way is up (not Essex). You alter the ground floor footprint and move bedrooms upstairs – or if you’ve got splendid views, you turn it upside down. Go downstairs to bed.
You can always see too if a loft extension is viable or whether a full first floor extension would be better.
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