AN IMPRESSIVE OAK FRAMED MANOR HOUSE THAT WORKS AS A FAMILY HOME
Mel and Pauline moved to this private road as a young couple, attracted to the secluded nature of the location, the easy commute into London and the large leafy plot. “The dormer bungalow itself was functional enough and served us well over the years, but we knew that, due to its size with only two bedrooms upstairs, it really didn’t make enough of the fabulous site and we wanted to do something about it,” explains Pauline.
So the couple set about making plans for a substantial renovation of the dormer bungalow, looking at extending, internal remodelling, and making more of the roof space. As plan after plan really failed to give them the space they wanted, an architect suggested raising the roofline to give them a full second storey. “It certainly would have provided the space that we needed, but something was still wrong — the design of the outside just didn’t look good,” says Pauline. It was then that a wise structural engineer friend gave the plans a fresh look. “He explained how, with the amount of renovation work we would be undertaking, we weren’t really leaving much of the house in place,” she continues. “He argued that stretching the existing house was always going to be difficult from a building point of view, and that building from scratch would allow us to get the house we’d always dreamed of.”