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LANDING


By changing the roof Mark has a spacious first floor landing flooded with natural light – and beautiful views


big, cold cellars and single skin walls, were not what he was looking for.


“I was passionate about wanting an eco-house, but I didn’t relish the thought of renovating,” he says. “In fact, when I finally decided to buy this place I thought I could just apply sticking plaster to it and make it work. How wrong I was.” Within a matter of weeks, Mark realised he could never live in the bungalow as it was. It was dark, depressing and badly designed. In fact there was very little he liked about it, and he soon drew up a list of fundamental changes he would need to make in order to live there. “I moved here in May 2017 and the first summer wasn’t too bad because I spent so much time outdoors,” he recalls, “but the longer I lived in it, the more I realised that everything about it was wrong.” The dormer bungalow included two small upstairs


bedrooms but no bathroom, and the roof sloped so steeply at the back that any residual loft space was virtually unusable. “There were doors from the bedrooms straight into a shallow attic, which meant there were mice and spiders everywhere, the outside air came through the roof into the bedrooms and there was no insulation up there so the heat just went straight out through the roof,” says Mark. “It was freezing in


24 www.sbhonline.co.uk may/june 2021


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