The property is bungalow built in 1966, part of a development 1 and 2 storey houses in Dulwich, South East London. Originally designed by Austin Vernon and Partners and constructed by Wates, and the development replaced a series of Victorian villas that ran down College Road.
The house is for PTA company director, Angus Shepherd and his wife, Sarah and family. The Shepherds where drawn to the architecturally designed bungalow, its lateral spaces, division between living and bedroom accommodation, secluded aspect, semi-rural setting, and proximately to local schools and acres of play fields.
Initially they lived in the house for couple of years before undertaking works, key was to create more layer of space for the various activities and occupants and change the spaces can be used but hold onto the essential feel of the house. The proposals included the following:
- Upgrading the thermal performance with new insulated green roof, cavity insulation and insulated walls linings, new insulated floor slab, and triple glazed windows and doors.
- Upgrading the services with renewable energy including air source heat pump, solar and thermal panels, underfloor heating and ventilation system with heat recovery.
- Refurbish interior completely including new full height doors, new sliding doors to divide the spaces, wide plank timber flooring throughout except tiling to kitchen, dining and bathrooms new spatially configured master suit and kitchen and dining areas, hallway including access to new basement level
- Extending with a new basement level was positioned centrally under the house with south facing light well, and includes living/cinema room, shower room, large store room, and plant room.
The house now has separate office for Sarah’s business; separate basement that creates degree of separation for noisier activities, xbox, sleep overs, lots of storage; kitchen with dining room on one side and on other side table and book shelves; open plan living room with sliding doors to close down; master bedroom with adjoining dressing and bathroom areas with doors to divide off as required.