New Zealand bungalows have a distinctive character that can easily be lost or destroyed – so it’s important to understand the home’s unique features and common problems when planning a renovation. 

A classic Kiwi icon, bungalows first appeared after the end of World War 1 and were the dominant style in the 1920s. Typically oriented towards the street – with no consideration to passive solar gain – these houses tend to have a central corridor with rooms opening off either side, the living room at the front and service areas at the rear.

Many bungalows are in need of upgrading to improve their energy efficiency and generally bring them up to the standard expected of 21st century housing. Before considering renovation work to address issues such as unsuitable layout, enlarging or adding space, replacing outdated fixtures or simply cosmetic work such as painting and papering, the state of the existing building should be carefully reviewed.