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Updating a bungalow

Could a single-storey building off er the ideal canvas for your dream home? Architect Opinder Liddar takes a closer look at how to maximise the potential of these structures
Three new extensions by Martin Swatton Design (www. martinswatton. com) have turned this bungalow into a contemporary home. The openplan living area features a glazed gable and span of bifolds to blur the link between inside and out

Many people favour the bungalow. Not only do these buildings provide all your rooms on one level, but they generally come on a good-sized plot with decent garden space, too. Bungalows haven’t been popular for new builds for several decades now because developers are keen to maximise the number of houses built on a site. But this doesn’t mean demand has diminished, as many homeowners see the potential these can give for a bespoke home.

There is truth in the perception that bungalows are great for elderly inhabitants, but these buildings can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs. At my architecture practice, Lapd, we’ve worked with both younger and older clients to develop great family homes suitable for contemporary living by remodelling and extending them. Here I’ll be exploring how to maximise the opportunities these buildings off er and sharing design ideas that will help to transform your bungalow into a 21st century home.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech