Sussex New BuildContemporary Patio, London
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Be inspired by contemporary designIf the very word bungalow conjures up images of small, dated houses, take a look at some of the beautifully designed single-storey dwellings on Houzz to have your preconceptions swept away. This beautiful home in Suffolk is the perfect example of a fresh, clean take on low-level living.“Although single storey, our Suffolk house is almost the opposite of the low-roofed, compact bungalow,” explains Charles Barclay. “It has three wings reaching out onto an expansive rural site, and roof lines that cant upwards towards the end of each wing. This brings light in and allows views of the wide Suffolk skies.”While this building is a very different animal to most of the existing bungalow stock in the UK, it does offer a completely fresh way of looking at lateral living, with design tips and ideas to inspire.
The house sits on a red brick base, which is a reference to traditional Suffolk barns. There’s a total of 10 external doors. ‘Some are basically windows you can walk out of,’ says Barclay.‘The steel-framed windows are modern versions of the Crittall windows of the 1930s,’ he adds. ‘We did this deliberately, because the owner used to stay at a holiday house where there were Crittall windows. She loved them and wanted them in her own house. We used a W40 glaze, so together with the insulation in the walls, there’s no problem with condensation.’ The slim frames mean there’s minimum interruption to the view.