Mini house: Renovation, extension and heightening of a small house
The will for an ecological project
Somewhere in Normandy, a couple fell in love with a stunning wooded site located near the sea, with a small bungalow used as a holiday home by the previous owners.
The site was perfect for the couple, close to the sea for surfing and a large garden to cultivate. What’s more, the price was attractive, because of local urban regulation: the land is part of a nature zone and no planning permits are given. In addition, the site is within a conservation area of the “bâtiments de France”.
Building rules are strict and no new construction is permitted. Nevertheless, the house – despite being damp and old – appeared as a real opportunity. The idea was to renovate the existing house and extend it by 30%. Taking into account the small size of the house, it seemed more judicious to include the extension in the renovation plan, rather than creating an additional building. The project would be aesthetically more coherent and more efficient from a thermal aspect.