Permitted building rights allow for very extensive back and side dormer additions, roof lights, and extra upstairs bedrooms in many bungalows with tall roofs. However, in order to significantly increase the value and area, it may be able to remove the roof and install a whole new level (building directly upwards, with a new roof on top). This is called a "treed" house and must be approved by your local government before construction can begin.
The majority of bungalows were originally built with front-facing garages, but these can be removed to make way for another room. The most common use for this space is to add on a bedroom or bathroom. There are several different ways that this can be done including adding on from the back or the sides. If part of the garage was previously occupied by a car, it may not be possible to reuse that space. In this case, a new driveway will need to be poured and the old one leveled off.
Bungalows are often described as "cabin-like", but this term can also be used for houses built with similar materials and design concepts elsewhere in the world. Due to their unique appearance and affordable price tag, bungalows are popular with first time home buyers. They require little maintenance and can be easily fixed up with a few easy upgrades. For example, if you run into plumbing problems, you can usually just fix them yourself without having to hire a professional contractor.
If you reside in a bungalow on a street containing houses with more than one level, you should have no trouble obtaining planning approval to extend beyond the existing roof space. Adding dormer windows to the front of a conventional bungalow expansion helps to preserve its charm. However, a dormer addition to a flat-roofed house would not be permissible without further permission from your local council.
The decision to add a dormer window to an existing house depends on how much floor space you want to create and whether the house was originally designed to have one. If you need more living room or bedroom space but don't want to build any additional rooms, a dormer is the solution for you. A dormer provides more headroom by extending up from the roofline at a slant, allowing you to install ceilings that are higher than if there were no dormer (or even if the dormer was horizontal). This is particularly useful if you want to retain the original ceiling height for aesthetic purposes or if it allows you to fit more traffic into a room. Dormers can also help reduce visual clutter by providing a place where exterior walls meet interior ceilings; this area often has to be painted to match other parts of the house or left as exposed wood.
A dormer adds difficulty to a construction project because it requires some type of coverings over the opening between the new and old sections of the house.
Adding a second storey to a bungalow is an excellent method to increase space, frequently doubling the floor area without increasing the footprint. A full second storey requires planning approval, but a loft conversion or dormer roof expansion does not (which may be permitted development). You can also add rooms by extending into an existing room or building a new one. See our guide to bedroom sizes for more information.
The easiest way to add space is to extend into an existing room. If the room is large enough, there's no need to worry about compatibility issues - you can upgrade whatever needs upgrading and the new space will look after itself. For example, you could extend into a spare bedroom that currently has no door leading out of it. This would allow you to create a larger living area by merging the bedrooms together. You could also extend into a family bathroom if people tend to use this space instead of the upstairs shower room.
If you want to build a new room rather than extend into an existing one, then the choice of what type of room to build is up to you. There are three main types of room you can add: box room, garage and cabin. A box room is very small and should be at least 1.8 m wide and 2.4 m high. They're used as storage spaces or as en-suites.