Chalet Bungalow

Storrington, West Sussex

This project was for a couple that will readily agree gave us a major a design challenge from the outset!

The property started life as a typical ‘Carver’ style 1960s bungalow, since when it had been extended, in some cases pretty badly, by previous owners.

On the plus side, when our clients first saw it, they could see the benefit of a large plot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

The next challenge was to do something about the lack of cohesion on the many historical builds.

Rustlings plans

An open plan kitchen/eating/family area was a key part of the brief, and this was yet another house we found without a downstairs loo! The existing kitchen was a ‘bolt-on’ extension and the roof that joined the house to the garage was at two different angles!

It took a while to work out just how all the previous extensions had been put together, but once we’d got under the building’s skin we could see a way that would not only give them the modern living space, but also add on a a stunning 36’ long upstairs space, with 11’ width and 7’ headroom.

This allowed them to add another bedroom, with en-suite, and a separate study.

We also produced detail drawings for the roof trusses and layout because of the complexity of the existing build, and recommended specialist structural consultants to make sure the project could be practicably delivered.