First-time buyers Kate and Paul have completely transformed a dated Essex bungalow into a painfully stylish haven – that could sit happily amongst the homes of the Hollywood hills. Since the couple purchased the property in February 2020, the bungalow has undergone a jaw-dropping renovation project into a chic modern home – and the results are entirely unrecognizable. 

But don’t just take our word for it. Since launching their Instagram @thebungalow_reno, Kate and Paul have gained over 73.1K followers who track the couple’s progress – and it’s certainly easy to see why. Here, the couple share their widely-acclaimed transformation, and we’re feeling completely inspired to buy a new bungalow and follow in their fashionable footsteps. 

The bungalow before renovation: 

Chic bungalow renovation project

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Ever since entering the property for the first time, Kate and Paul noticed the bungalow’s potential – but turning this vision into reality involved many hours of work. At first, the living room walls were coated in Artex and dado rail plaster – which wasn’t in great condition. A large dated gas fire also stood as the focal point of the room (below). 

To begin the project, the pair stole design inspiration from Instagram interior influencers.  

Chic bungalow renovation project

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‘I found amazing designers and architects like Felix Millory, Axel Vervoordt, Katie Harbison, Fredrik Karlsson, Athena Calderone and absolutely loved their work,’ Katy shares. The couple also found ways to mirror these interiors in the bungalow on their budget – in the knowledge that it wouldn’t be their forever home. 

Chic bungalow renovation project

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The bungalow after renovation: