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Modern makeover

Victoria and Michael Anderson have given an old agricultural bungalow a contemporary upgrade
PHOTOS DAVE BURTON

Torrential rain fall, collapsing ceilings and a monstrous telegraph pole were just a few of the obstacles that stood in the way of Victoria and Michael Anderson’s vision to transform a dated 1960s bungalow into a modern family home. Yet the couple took every challenge in their stride as they embarked on a two-phase plan to more than double the size of the property. Even when Victoria was heavily pregnant with the pair’s two children, it didn’t stop her climbing ladders and generally getting stuck in to keep momentum going as the scheme took shape.

“You just need to be well organised,” she says. “We managed the first phase ourselves, which was very time consuming on top of everything else. However, the second phase was managed by the builder, who was brilliant. We gelled with him straight away and it took a lot of stress out of the process.”

Complete transformation

The modern family home that stands on the site today is a very different dwelling to the one Victoria and Michael first saw in 2010. The couple had been living in a modern townhouse nearby when they started searching for a more rural property. “We both have country backgrounds and love horses, so we were looking for somewhere in the country yet still close to a town,” says Victoria. “This bungalow was in the perfect location and stands in six acres of land, so it’s not overlooked.”

The house stands in six acres of land. It has been extended and over the years and is now almost double its original size
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The latest issue of Build It, Britian's first magazine for self builders and renovators, is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specificying materials. In the June 2019 edition: - Build It's Self Build Education House: We're building next door to Grand Designs The Street! - Complete guide to planning success - Cost-saving secrets for home renovations - Extension cost guide - Roofs: Repair or replace - Building an oak home ... and much more!