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PROJECT TYPE: Renovation of a 1930s Chalet Bungalow


All photographs by Lucy Swainsbury @snapdragonstudio


This chalet bungalow had stood empty for more than a year. It had belonged to the same family since it was built for the original owners as a wedding present in 1937. Some of the original features remained, but others had been removed during various DIY projects over the years. Working in collaboration with contractors, I had to bring the house up to date and return it to the cosy family home it once was. 


Before any interior design work could commence, the property required major works. All windows and doors were replaced, floors stripped back, insulated and underfloor heating installed. To improve energy efficiency, the old external oil boiler was replaced with an air source heat pump. Alterations to the layout included removal of internal walls, blocking windows and installing new doors to the garden. New bathrooms and kitchen were fitted and the entire house replastered.

Externally, a recycled shipping container was sourced to house all the plant for the heating and hot water. The additional space was converted into a home office. Exterior hard landscaping and garden design encourage a natural flow between interior and exterior spaces. 

The dinigroom of a 1930s bungalow looking through the hall ad into the living room beyond.
A renovated 1930s bungalow looking from the hall into the living room beyond. The image shows a contemporary sofa with patterned cushions, a small round side table with a pile of magazines and a plant, plus contemporary ply shleves in the background.
A renovated 1930s bungalow looking into the living room beyond. The image shows a contemporary sofa with patterned cushions and contemporary ply shleves in the background.


The house is modest in size so a simple colour palette has been used throughout to create a cohesive scheme. Inspiration was taken from Scandinavian design and natural materials were favoured for floor coverings, furniture and soft furnishings. 


Pops of colour and pattern appear in the form of geometric tiles, blinds, cushions and accessories. The combination of materials and patterns adds personality to the scheme. This is a family home so finishing touches included a gallery wall of prints collected over the years, bookshelves. House plants add freshness to every room.



We benefit from a modern, stylish home that suits our lifestyle, whilst benefitting from the innate character that comes with an older, unique property

A detail image of the living area of a 1930s bungalow. The image shows a collection of design books on a mid-centrury sideboard and a clear vase with red tulips.
Looking from the living room into the dining area of a 1930s bungalow. The image shows contemporary dining chairs at an old famhouse table with a steam bent wooden pendant hanging above. In the foreground you can see pieces from the home owners art collection.
A bookcase in a 1930s bungalow. The bookcase is made from birch plywood and forms cubby holes, with and without doors, and displays colourful books, ceramics and other trinkets belonging to the homeowner.
A detail of the living area in a 1930s bungalow. The image shows a contemporary shelving unit displaying design books, houseplants and decorative objects.

Are you interested in booking a Style Consultation?

Please call Alix Stoney

on 07747 555879 to discuss your project requirements or use my contact form.

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