If you’ve made the decision to look for single storey living but do not want to sacrifice the quality of your home and lifestyle, you’re likely to be finding that decent bungalows are few and far between.  Why has the number of bungalows built in the UK collapsed when the UK’s population is ageing and the demand for single storey homes is growing?

In the last 20 years, the number of new build bungalows in the UK has fallen from 7% to 1%, yet the proportion of new build flats / maisonettes being built has more than doubled from 15% to 33%. Bungalows are perceived by the majority of developers as land hungry, and a better return on higher volume schemes more often than not wins out.

“In our experience, there is an ever-increasing demand for bungalows, and particularly in desirable and central locations close to amenities”.

Churchlands Homes advise that they’ve seen a constant demand for good quality bungalows, mainly from discerning customers who are looking for that next move to a more manageable single storey home that accommodates their changing needs but in which they can still enjoy the same standard of living – just without stairs. Apartment living is not for everyone and there really should be choices that still allow for ease of maintenance but with your own detached environment, enjoying the proximity of surrounding neighbours (but not being affected by poor sound proofing in too close a proximity.) So, a detached dwelling in a convenient location, with the benefit of an outside area or small private garden that can be landscaped and designed to be easily maintained, gives the best of all worlds. A recent survey by YouGov suggests that 47% of over 55’s wanted to live in a bungalow for retirement but under 1 in 10 owner-occupier homes were bungalows – a sobering statistic.

Churchlands first project more than 22 years ago was a detached bungalow in a great location, and where possible, they have built other bungalows over the years to provide a mix of housing. With the advantage of being a bespoke local specialist developer, and therefore not driven by the same factors as volume developers, if it suits the project, the sales and design team at Churchlands put their own knowledge, experience and ideas into the planning and creation of one off single storey dwellings.   It just so happens therefore, that their latest projects have created not one but two very special and unique bungalows, which are also in superb and highly convenient locations, making just two very special opportunities indeed for a commodity in very short supply.

1 Peel House occupies a superb and commanding courtyard position, as part of a lovely and historic conversion project of the former County Police Headquarters located in an established and desirable central town location. It is a very appealing link detached bungalow, enjoying all the benefits of no directly attached neighbours, together with offering considerable charm inside and out. It has been completely and sympathetically renovated to combine the best of contemporary living while retaining its unique character appeal. It occupies an open and commanding position in a private gated courtyard, combined with paved outside seating areas and its own parking adjoining the property.

Tanners Lodge is a new build detached two bedroom bungalow within easy reach of the town centre. It has been built and fitted to a very high specification both externally and internally, with all the benefits of easy maintenance. It has a private garden area with parking. In addition to enjoying a convenient location close to the town centre, it is also situated just a few minutes away from countryside walks.

Both of these delightful homes offer quality single storey living which has been designed and executed to a high specification, and offer unique opportunities which are rarely available.

For more information and to see for yourself with an appointment to view, please ring Sheri Potts on 07867974360 or email sales@churchlands.co.uk