The Modular House Billericay


Design for internal alterations to a 1930s bungalow in Billericay, Essex. These works to form an open plan living space downstairs, and a new bedroom and bathroom in the existing roof space including formation of a new dormer window, fall within ‘permitted development’. When initially contacted by the clients, they were looking to extend the property. We worked with them to indicate 'another way'.


The existing premises consisted of modular accommodation on one floor including two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room and a dining kitchen. The house has been subject to various alterations since it’s original completion, resulting in thick-set uPVC windows and an extension to the rear which results in a long, thin, dark living room.


We worked closely with the clients  to remove most of the internal walls, allowing an open-plan, bright and airy living, dining and kitchen space with good connectivity to the garden to replace the three enclosed and dark rooms.  The replacement windows were slender framed to maximise the amount of light coming in through the existing apertures in the building structure. Finally, we worked closely with the talented David Restorick to design a stair/bookcase/screen. This jewel provides a stunning, crafted structure within the new open plan living space while addressing the storage difficulties in a house for a growing family. 


Interior view of ground floor living space following removal of walls and insertion of new staircase

Existing and proposed ground floor plans indicating removal of walls to create open plan living/kitchen/dining room

Loader & Monteith Architects Ltd

36 Battlefield Road


G42 9QH

44 (0)141 370 0887