Old bungalow renovation ideas

Old bungalow renovation ideas

The United Kingdom is thought to have in excess of 2 million bungalows, but modern housing developments don’t seem to be throwing as many up as they are town-houses and large detached homes. For this reason, there is a lot of call for homeowners to come up with old bungalow renovation ideas that can bring their home a new lease of life. In this article, we are going to look at some of the most interesting and inspired ideas for renovating even the most tired-looking bungalow.

Old Bungalow Renovation Ideas

Build An Extension

Many of the older bungalows were built on healthy plots of land – they certainly didn’t scrimp on outside space back in the day. For this reason, it makes sense to make the most of this and increase the interior space of the home. When looking at 1970s bungalow renovation ideas, an extension is a natural choice since these homes were usually built with practical spaces in mind as opposed to the larger, open-plan entertaining areas we prefer in the modern-day.

An extension running off a kitchen can provide a great space for family gatherings and dinner parties alike or if you fancied an extra floor – it is possible to extend upwards. Most commonly this is done in the form of a loft conversion.

Change The Layout

We mentioned already that open-plan layouts are hugely popular today, so why not consider mixing up the interior of the property? You might take out non-supporting walls to create larger habitable spaces or perhaps knock two smaller bedrooms into one. 

In contrast, you may wish to close up spaces that are particularly large – this is ideal if you are looking to create more individual bedrooms. However, if you are opting for this, be careful not to eliminate too much natural light.

Add Roof Windows

Sometimes, a bungalow can feel dark and claustrophobic, especially is there isn’t a good flow of light through the property. It pays to look at the architecture and design and plan exactly where you could place a roof window or skylight. 

In some cases, it may be possible to add glazing to larger sections of the roof to let in even more sunlight, creating a modern design on an older property.

Improve The Plumbing And Heating Systems

If you are dealing with a bungalow that has not seen it’s plumbing and heating systems upgraded for quite some time, one of the best ways to bring it into the 21st century is to address this issue. This is particularly important if you are looking to sell the property since having mod-cons can mean the difference between a sale and the home being stuck on the market.

You may consider installing a new boiler, as well as a complete new bathroom suite and plumbing system. If you wanted to go the extra mile and really add a modern feel, you might install under-floor heating and a top-notch air-con system.


Bungalows are ideal properties for those who find stairs difficult to manage and whilst there were many of this type of home built over the last 50 years, modern-day builders aren’t so keen. This means that renovation is essential if we want to see these homes lasting well into the future.

There are many ways in which an old bungalow can be brought bang up to date, for example, adding modern heating systems or building an extension – the only limit is your imagination, and planning permission, of course.

About Mat

A complete novice trying to navigate in the world of DIY. I bought my first home about 2 years ago & ever since I've been trying to research & learn how best to tackle common household problems.

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