Replacing the roof and painting the exterior

Replacing the roof and painting the cladding on the exterior of this formerly uninspiring 1960s house has transformed it into a New England style property with lots of charm and character

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This classic 1960s house had a great structure, but the colour and design were uninspiring. A New England-look has transformed it.

The brief

‘This property was bought by the directors of Back to Front Exterior Design long before the company started,’ says Alexandra Hull. ‘They had recently moved from a large, character cottage in the country, and the idea of moving into this house was unappealing. However, having completed various restoration projects, they felt confident the house had the potential to look beautiful from the outside and work well internally.

‘The property had a good shape and, although the tile hanging wasn’t to the owners’ taste, it presented an opportunity to paint it to create a New England style. The windows were blocked up and re-shaped to make way for timber sash windows, while modern slate has replaced the concrete roof.

The extension

‘As the house lacked a good-sized kitchen, and featured a dining room layout that was unsuitable for the young family, a single-storey extension was built to the rear of the house. This has a modern, glass gable to allow plenty of natural light into the new open-plan kitchen-diner. The extension improved the proportions of the study and living room considerably, but also broke up the featureless rear elevation. Casement windows were used at the rear to keep down costs and increase the amount of light in the space, as well as enhancing the contemporary feel at the back of the property.’

What it cost

£150,000, including all interior and exterior work.

In the gallery: With a good existing structure, this house only needed a simple facelift, achieved by painting the facade and adding a new roof and windows.