Double-height extension bungalow

A modest bungalow has transformed from a dated property to a striking double-height home.

By Beth Murton | 16 January 2017

Adding a striking double-height extension to a modest bungalow has turned a dated property into a contemporary family home.

Double height extension bungalow

Standard Fifties bungalows are not usually associated with contemporary architecture, but as Malcolm and Poppy Morley’s extended home demonstrates, with clever design, even a property with the most unassuming of beginnings can be transformed into an architectural showpiece.

The couple bought the original bungalow in 2010, when the site had been split into two with the other half sold off separately as a building plot for a large detached property. They then approached LA Hally Architect to discuss the possibilities of extending the dated dwelling.

‘Originally, Malcolm and Poppy wanted to add a second storey to the property, but we advised them that, due to the age of the bungalow, the existing foundations wouldn’t be sufficient to take the additional weight; something that was confirmed after drilling several test holes,’ explains architect Lesley Hally. ‘They had three options open to them: underpin the entire property; knock it down and build a new home from scratch, or look at other ways to create the space they needed.’