Monday, 21 August 2017

Thinking outside the box turns bungalow into modern miracle

IN 2013 Standard Property followed former gardening correspondent Jennie Herrington’s progress when she renovated a 1960s bungalow in Wargrave

IN 2013 Standard Property followed former gardening correspondent Jennie Herrington’s progress when she renovated a 1960s bungalow in Wargrave.

Jennie, her husband Andy and daughter Charlotte, lived in a caravan in the garden of their home during the build.

We asked her how changing build and changing the look of the outside of  the house has made a difference.

“When I first saw the house I knew it was for us, despite its lack of really anything lovely looks-wise,” said Jennie.

“I think we were able to buy the house so easily as I saw potential where others did not.



“We got it for a great price, even though it’s in Wargrave.

“Over the next year or so we set about renovating everything about it, but none of the work we did to the inside would have made it more saleable and easier to live in if we hadn’t improved the first impression you get when you drive up.

“Now, rather than plastic render and brown Sixties bricks, we have beautiful cedar cladding and powder-coated aluminium windows.

“We also did some reasonably economical landscaping, which has been crucial to the success of the project overall.

“So often landscaping gets overlooked during renovation projects, but personally and professionally I think it’s a terrible idea not to set aside budget for the outside space along with vital things like kitchens and bathrooms.

“The transformation of the bungalow is amazing. We love being here and are proud to pull up outside when we come home.

“I’m sure if we ever sell it (unlikely!) that it will not take long for it to be snapped up.

“I think it’s a proven fact that well-presented homes that have been thoughtfully designed and that look good from the outside are always going to sell faster and for more money than those that are perhaps a bit more shabby.

“You will also enjoy living in them more and take care of them better if they work for you and look good.

“A well cared for and presentable neighbourhood is always going to be a more desirable place to live.”

Jennie is opening her garden (and house) as part of the Wargrave Open Gardens weekend on June 20 and 21. See www.thegreenroomstudios.co.uk for more information.

• If you’re interested in taking on a similar project to Jennie’s, Hamptons are marketing a 1970s bungalow, also in Wargrave, which has an open house this weekend.



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