In 2009 whilst living and working in Canada, we bought our first family home, a dilapidated hundred year-old bungalow on the Sussex coast. We carried out some work immediately in order to make it habitable (phase 1!) then rented it while we were overseas. During this time, in order to give us as many options as possible, we obtained planning permission to demolish it and build an entirely new house…. but that was not to be!
In February 2013 after a bit more globe-trotting, we were finally able to move into the house ourselves and after pouring over budgets we ruled out a total rebuild and set about exploring other options.
Inspired by our 2 years living in Canada, we commissioned an architect to add a first floor to the bungalow and redesign the exterior in a New England style, keeping the original footprint, but replacing (and sometimes moving) windows and doors whilst rendering and cladding the whole exterior. Planning permission was granted in July 2013 and the project begun at the beginning of March 2014 and finished on time and on budget in July 2014.
Although the second and biggest phase of work on the house is now complete, there are still many jobs left to do. The garden needs a lot of work and there are still some internal modifications on the old ground floor that need to be made. Our family home will be a lifetime project and we wouldn’t want it any other way!
The posts below guide you through the build up to the work, the remodel itself and the home decor projects after the build.