How to: Modernise a bungalow

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What do you imagine when you picture a bungalow? No doubt you're making the usual associations: 1970s style décor complete with dated furniture and floral curtains—the sort of cosy and comfortable interiors that would make your granny proud. However, it's also possible that you've heard the news: bungalows are no longer the place where good taste goes to die! The bungalows of today are stylish and chic, and thanks to their spacious layouts and typically large gardens, there is a big demand for this type of property. Buyers expect to see a certain standard if they're not planning to take on a renovation project, so if you're putting your bungalow on the market, make sure it ticks all the right boxes and includes all the modern necessities. Whether you're looking to buy, sell, or simply update your own bungalow, these tips will help you on the journey. 

1.Update the exterior

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Dining room by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

First impressions count, so pay attention to the exterior of your property. This might involve a simple coat of paint to refresh the front of your bungalow, or it could mean investing in more structural work to tackle any problems that could be an issue in the future, such as damp and mould. Forking out for a new roof might seem like an annoyance at the time, but if it needs doing, acting early will save you a lot of hassle in a few years time. 

Additionally, don't forget to make the most of your garden. As mentioned, bungalows tend to have large gardens in relation to the size of the property, so make it a focal feature. Add modern decking or a patio area to get the most from your outdoor space, and if you're feeling adventurous, add herb and vegetable gardens to allow for a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.

3. Focus on the kitchen

Cipriani Limestone in a tumbled finish: country Kitchen by Artisans of Devizes
Artisans of Devizes

Cipriani Limestone in a tumbled finish

Artisans of Devizes

The kitchen is worth investing in, as for many, it's the most important room in the house. So, if you're going to update any one room, choose this one! Keep it bright and welcoming by maximising natural light and creating an open plan layout if possible (get ready to knock down some walls!). It's also important to decide on a particular style. Do you want a modern kitchen, or a country style kitchen? Mixing different design elements can result in a mismatched mess, so ideally work with a kitchen designer to get it just right. 

4. Say goodbye to ugly carpets

Dated, patterned carpets have no place in a modern bungalow. Of course, if you prefer carpets to floorboards or tiles, there are plenty of luxurious options to choose from that look great in a modern home. However, if you're selling your bungalow, remember that hardwood floors are often viewed as a selling point. 

2. Modern radiators are a must

It goes without saying that modern central heating is a must: and it's even better if you have eco heating systems installed. However, not everyone has the resources to add solar panels to their home, so a simple way to get your heating up-to-date is to focus on the radiators. Clunky 70s style radiators can be covered up with stylish casements, such as this one from Cool Radiators? It's Covered!. If you want to replace your radiators, there are a wide variety of modern designs available which can be discreetly integrated into the rest of your contemporary décor.

5. Extend to the rear

Modern Kitchen / Lounge Extension: modern Conservatory by ROCOCO
ROCOCO

Modern Kitchen / Lounge Extension

ROCOCO

Rear extensions can provide some valuable extra space which can be the new living room, or can open up the kitchen to create an open plan kitchen diner. Bi-fold doors are the perfect way to bring extra light into the lower level of the home, and they also create a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. 

For more top tips to transform your home, take a look at the following ideabook: 5 of the best dining room ideas.

Are you in the process of modernising your bungalow? Have you found these tips useful? Let us know in the comment section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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