The traditional architecture of this character Herne Bay bungalow had been diminished through various ad-hoc alterations over the decades, turning this grand beauty into a rabbit warren of small rooms disconnected from its environment.
Renovating a house of this stature required an understanding of the family’s needs, the lay of the property and the structural soundness of the alterations to deliver a home design that would fit the budget and the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Renovation costs are subject to the extent of the work but major changes to house plans can start around $200,000 and are likely to climb up to $400,000 to $500,000 plus, depending on the house extension and quality of finishings.
To transform the property, Jessop Architects gutted the whole downstairs and rebuilt it to include a new master suite, a large open-plan living and a considerable 7m x 6m outdoor room that was integrated with the grounds to create a strong connection with the landscape. A well-considered kitchen design was central to the rebuild, designed to work for a busy family with older teenagers.
Now structurally sound, this restored bungalow is designed for easy indoor and outdoor living that is in keeping with its heritage elements.
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