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Lesley & Duncan's Story

YellowDoor Architecture provided spacial planning, developed concepts to maintain the original features but with a contemporary feel. They assisted in materials procurement so the local builders and Trade Contractors could develop the design. They met deadlines and were a pleasure to work with.

Photographs by Adelina Iliev Photography

Refurbishment of a 1970's Architect-designed bungalow

A beautiful home, designed to entertain.

Project brief

The single-storey split-level house, which Duncan shares with his wife Lesley, a textile designer, was built in 1976 in the grounds of a manor house and includes a pool in the garden.

Duncan and Lesley wanted somewhere that felt homely but not twee, and modern but not clinical, so they started by making a mood board with clippings from magazines.


Ashstead, Surrey

Space Planning

To streamline the space, Duncan and Lesley moved the laundry appliances out of the kitchen and put them in the conservatory so that they could create a traditional working triangle with the hob, fridge and sink. They replaced a fixed island with a moveable one, so they can create a bigger space when entertaining a large crowd and have the flexibility depending on whether they are hosting in summer with the glass bi-folding doors open to the terrace or in winter when they are closed.


Duncan and Lesley were keen to enhance the original 1970's features of the house like the exposed internal brick work walls, and mix it with other mid-century and contemporary design elements. 

Kitchens Bathrooms & Bedrooms

See the details of Lesley & Duncan's house featured in Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms 

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