There’s something beautifully quaint about bungalows — they present a humble British charm that can be difficult to recreate in other property types.
Aesthetics aside, a bungalow (otherwise known as a single-storey house), has a reputation for its practicality, with everything accessible from the same floor. In fact, bungalows have a widespread appeal here in the UK, yet there are fewer being built, so they’re becoming increasingly sought after.
While it is certainly convenient to have every room close by, that’s not to say you can’t expand this space. A bungalow can be renovated in a number of different ways to increase space and enhance your quality of life at home.
In this post, we outline five popular bungalow house renovation ideas.
If you’d like to add more bedrooms or living space to your bungalow, a loft conversion is a perfect solution. By adding this extra space úpstairs, you can be far more flexible with the layout of your home.
Generally speaking, the options to convert the loft in a bungalow are the same as those in a two-storey house, so it couldn’t be easier to add a whole additional floor. Whether your roof structure is a traditional cut rafter roof or it’s a modern trussed roof, a loft conversion is possible — with the right expertise. Imagine all of that upstairs space!
Adding extra height to your bungalow isn’t the only way to create more space — you can also increase the property’s width with a home extension.
Whether you need a workspace, playroom for the kids or just a bigger living area, you only need a small amount of outside space to add a home extension. What may seem like pointless and unused land can actually make a massive difference to the way you live.
Not only do balcony systems look spectacular from the outside, but they make for a great outdoor space to entertain guests too. Here you can also enjoy the views and bask in the sunshine.
There are plenty of balcony styles and designs available to suit your bungalow requirements. Your builder can advise you on the necessary safety features of a balcony, as well as offer a professional opinion on materials and design.
If you want to bring your living area into the outdoors, a conservatory can make a fantastic addition to your home. This bungalow house renovation idea will not only expand the size of your living space, but a conservatory can also give you the opportunity to enjoy your garden more, no matter the season.
While making your choice, pay particular attention to the type of roof you want on the conservatory (one that will suit your bungalow’s exterior) and try to select a frame that will accommodate it.
If you like the idea of opening up your bungalow to fresh air and natural light but you don’t necessarily need extra space, then why not add some stylish bi-fold doors? Also known as folding sliding doors, bi-fold doors are made from a series of panels that fold up against the wall and slide open. They can fold in or out to open up space.
As bi-fold doors provide optimum thermal efficiency, they also help to keep homes warm during the winter and refreshingly cool in summer.
There you have it — five ideas to consider if you’re thinking about renovating your bungalow. Before you make your choice, it’s vital to think about the purpose of your renovation and what you want to add to your home, whether that’s space, thermal efficiency or additional light.
Here at Ploughcroft, we channel our building and renovation skills, knowledge and experience into providing house renovation services that enhance your home and make it a happier place to live. Get in touch for a free quote.
We take a look at some of the ways you can make your home work harder for you. Here are 7 things you can do to make your home a better space to live in, creating a better place to live and work, whilst reducing your carbon footprint and reducing your energy bills too.
Replacing your old polycarbonate conservatory roof with a Tiled Conservatory Roof Replacement will make your conservatory a more usable space, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer.
If you already have a conservatory but feel as though you get little use out of it, a solid conservatory roof replacement can turn your underused space into a delightful living space which can be enjoyed all year round. Aesthetically pleasing and boasting superior energy efficient qualities.
Mr & Mrs Hirst, Brighouse:
We were very pleased with the whole procedure of replacing our conservatory roof. The finished tiled roof is amazing and we love sitting in our new garden room!
Extending your living space into your garden with bi-fold doors is a wonderful way of transforming your living space.
Modern alternatives to the ‘patio door’ offer high energy performance, come with triple glazing and are designed to withstand the elements. Maintaining warmth within your home during winter and providing refreshingly cool temperatures in summer.
Super secure and extremely energy efficient, they will keep the heat in and reduce outside noise levels whilst still leaving a lasting impression.
If your property has an attic conversion, room-in-the-roof, loft conversion or a vaulted ceiling, re-roofing and insulating with modern hi-tech solutions could save you a substantial amount on your heating bills each year.
Keeping the heat in, especially in older properties, is undoubtedly the best way to make your home work harder for you!
Pat Walker, Filey:
Our Eco roof was installed over 2 years ago. We rate it as one of the best improvements that has been done to our bungalow. We were impressed with the advice we were given and the price. Our heating bill is now so low, to the point that the energy supplier wanted to check the meter was working correctly!
You don’t need to forfeit too much of your outdoor space in order to make a huge difference to your living space. What may seem like a wasted bit of land could give you that extra living space to transform your home.
A small ground floor extension could give you the perfect additional space, and the great news is you can go ahead and build without planning permission if the work falls within certain guidelines.
Alison Hall, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse:
It looks like we’ve made pretty good progress against your initial plan for the building of our extension. Firstly thank you! It has been a great experience and we are really looking forward to decorating and moving in to use the space. Thanks also to Mark and the various teams and individuals who have been involved with our build. They have all been polite and totally professional throughout.
Balcony Systems can transform your flat roof or garage into a delightful, usable and unique outdoor living space – a little piece of heaven for you to relax on with family and friends. Roof balcony systems can be installed on most flat roofs and walkways and offer elegance, privacy, and shelter from the wind.
While some balcony systems may require planning permission, many don’t, and we can provide advice on planning permission if necessary.
Mr Taylor, Osmotherly:
Needless to say we are very pleased with the overall look you have given the project, our home. We would like to convey our thanks to all the team involved with special mention to Luke and Scott, also many thanks to the 2 Karl’s and Graham who worked tirelessly to achieve such a perfect finish. Luke is a very personable young man really deserves to do well, he worked hard, and showed innovation and ingenuity when required and as you can see in the photos the balustrade he constructed is millimetre perfect.
Your workmen were polite and respectful at all times, they are a credit to your company. Furthermore, we would have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends (we have done so already) or anyone else who enquires.
Replacing old roof windows and skylights with modern, contemporary, energy-efficient alternatives gives you the perfect opportunity to enhance your home and increase natural light.
Contemporary alternatives, such as Roof Maker, provide the best thermal performance technology on the market. The ‘more glass and less frame’ philosophy ensures a beautiful minimalistic look, which will make you the envy of your neighbours! With U-Values as low as 0.6 these windows certainly deliver on energy efficiency too.
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Ploughcroft have been fantasic. The first time we used them for Velux windows, this time it was for the roof. Once again they have been very professional, on time, polite and tidy whilst carrying out the work. I would be happy to recommend them.
Capture & harness the energy of sun! Solar PV converts daylight into electricity. With new advances in technology, it is also possible to incorporate battery storage. Enabling you to generate electricity during the day and store it for later use.
Contrary to popular belief, solar PV doesn’t need direct sunlight to work. Solar panels use the energy from daylight and can still generate electricity on a cloudy day.
Mr & Mrs Birkenhead, Halifax:
Thank you ever so much. Thank you to all your staff, what a great team you are, bless you all.