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How do you turn your small ‘60s dormer bungalow into a generous 21st century piece of slick architecture for just £175k? Stuart and Rosie Treasurer from the Wirral are brave enough to give it a try. Their plan is to dramatically decapitate their bungalow, cutting the roof off to leave just the walls, then balance a big new floating timber box on top to create 5 bedrooms for them, their two children and guests.

Their plan to keep costs down is equally extreme – they’ll have contractors build the new box structure, then Stuart and Rosie will take over. They’ll do plumbing and electrics themselves, then move in with the kids while they complete the interior. They’ll spend as little as they can on insulation and leave elements of the building unfinished, expose the ceiling joists and not cover the bare blockwork walls.

The hope is to both save money and get a stylish industrial look in the process, but right from the start the extra detailing work required to get the ‘unfinished’ look is in danger of proving a false economy. Then the stress levels really increase when the rough-and-ready unsanded cladding on the outside of the building goes on – and the neighbours begin to grumble about the ultra-modern wooden box going up in the middle of their traditional suburban area…


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ArchitectStephen Bromilow – Bromilow Architects0151 625 0942
Boiler & Solar PanelsVaillant0345 602 0262
Building MaterialsTravis Perkins0151 632 3325
CladdingLathams Timber01384 234 444
ContractorGU2 Design & Build07976 675 248
Cladding UV ProtectionWoca01952 727 899
Cork RenderCorksol07792 465 909
DecoratingPH Decorating07857 051 955
Electrical InstallationSummit Electrical07811 215 886
Floor PreparationResin Coating Specialists01516 470 604
Floor ScreedExpress Screed01765 647 068
Fridge & freezerLiebherr03330 147 888
InsulationKingspan01544 388 601
Kitchen island, storage units and furnitureCleancut Wood07758 737 770
LightingUrban Cottage Industries02071 932 119
Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System (MVHR)Airflow01494 525 252
PlumbingAP Plumbing & Heating07977 189 913
Render InstallationEnsign01925 699 699
Roof coveringSika Sarnafil07802 386 435
Roof installationEnviroply Roofing07506 149 919
Sawn timber processingNewbould Joinery01516 776 906
Scaffold clamp furniture fittingsScaffolding Direct01516 787 997
Security and media cablingPCB Solutions07761 025 776
Sedum RoofVella01531 820 900
Solar panel & log burner installationSteve Campbell07771 311 311
Stainless steel kitchen unitsEmpire Supplies01516 016 220
Steel fabricationBP Engineering01516 321 364
Tools & Site EquipmentID Industrial Supplies01516 327 500
TilesArtisano Tiles01296 434 513
Underfloor heatingThe Underfloor Heating Store01268 567 016
WindowsRationel at John Knight Glass01513 422 266