Californian Bungalows are very popular style of architecture in Sydney’s Inner West. They don’t come up for sale very often as those who have them tend to want to hang on to them! So, why are Californian bungalows so sought after?
Single storey living
Californian bungalows are an attractive option for families who prefer single level living and for those who want to buy a home that they can potentially grow old in.
Potential for extending the floor plan
They tend to be built on larger plots of land, with decent size gardens and driveways along the side of the house, leaving plenty of potential to extend to the side, rear and sometimes even adding a second-storey extension.
Combining old charm with contemporary design
The potential to extend allows you to keep the quaint old charm of the front of the Californian bungalow while creating a more contemporary design to the rear of the house.
Located with a conservation area of Sydney’s Inner West, our client had concerns about limitations this placed on the style of development they could achieve. Concord is well known as the ‘Parklands Suburb’ and the preservation of the streetscape is essential as councils view this as a non-negotiable.
Keeping the original structure at the front of the home, our heritage-home architect expert designed to increase the floorspace by extending the rear of the home. With the rear facing due north, a pitched roof maximised the natural light.
A single garage was converted into a cabana, perfectly positioned next to the newly added swimming pool. Fiberglass was chosen over concrete for the shell, delivering a completed pool within a week at a greatly reduced cost.
Modernising the rear of the Californian Bungalow
Before image of the laundry area
New laundry room
Turning a north facing rear into an advantage and maximising the light at the back of the Californian Bungalow
The result is a completely modernised home at the rear of the property. Keeping the traditional characteristics of the Californian Bunglow and opening up the back to allow light to fill the home.
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