Kitchen Extension Ideas for Victorian Houses

Victorian properties never seem to go out of style thanks to their winning combination of authentic architectural character, affordability, and period charm. However, they aren’t without their drawbacks. From narrow, dark kitchens and tasteless cheap extensions to old and sagging roof structures, many Victorian properties need a bit of love and attention to transform into warm, spacious homes that the modern family can enjoy. The most effective way to achieve this is through a well-designed extension that works with the existing architecture and preserves all the best parts of your property while bringing it into 21st-century life. Here are some kitchen extension ideas to inspire you, from a team that’s delivered many successful Victorian house extension designs.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Milner Road, SW19-15

Open Plan Living in Wimbledon

This attractive home in Merton got a new lease on life through a wraparound Victorian house kitchen extension. This was achieved by demolishing an old outhouse and pushing the extension out into the side return and towards the rear, changing it to a 7.3m deep by 4.5m wide space. The ground floor was then reimagined into a generous and light-filled kitchen and dining space looking straight into the garden. Modern, airy and framed by classic slim Crittall style doors, this extension melds old and new to create a balanced and contemporary style home.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Holmewood Road

Contrast and Drama in Tulse Hill

Traditional Victorian style effortlessly meets contemporary living in this Tulse Hill kitchen extension. The matt dark grey cabinetry and pendant lighting perfectly complement the stark white walls and glazing, allowing light to flood into the space through two skylights and large picture windows while keeping a colour scheme that fits both Victorian and modern aesthetics. This combination of a flat rear extension and a pitched roof side extension adds visual interest and light to the extension, with the warm glow of the parquet flooring and the satin brass cabinet hardware contrasting with the dramatic vaulted ceiling. 

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension

Traditional Character for Modern Living in Battersea

Adapting a traditional Victorian home for modern family living doesn’t mean losing the character and features that drew you to this property in the first place. When completed sensitively and with an eye for detail, these kitchen extensions settle into the original property as if they were always there. This home in Battersea exemplifies this by taking all the elements we enjoy about these properties and bringing them into modern, everyday life. From the gabled roof and vaulted internal ceiling to the warm oak floors, exposed brick, and farmhouse kitchen, this space embodies the warmth of Victorian materials and techniques while creating a true heart of the home. The subtle placing of the skylights also ensures that they let in plenty of light without jarring against the home’s traditional character.

Plus Rooms, Nigel Rd, SE15-13

Clean Lines in Southwark

Of course, you don’t have to be limited by tradition, which is why Victorian terraces and semi-detached properties are so popular for home renovations. They can be exceptionally versatile and forgiving when paired with modern design concepts, like this home in Southwark shows. This living area and kitchen extension is as modern as it gets, with a virtually fully-glazed rear wall for the extension, large-scale frameless skylights, and a bold interior design scheme. Airy, minimalist and filled with light, it’s the opposite of what traditional Victorian kitchen and dining spaces usually are – and yet that’s exactly what it’s achieved so effectively.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Rectory Rd

Full Family Life in Tooting

This Victorian house extension in Tooting shows that you really can get creative with Victorian properties. Rather than going with the existing traditional brickwork, the extension is plastered with a soft render in a warm earth colour, creating contrast without clashing. This showcases the modern upgrade that incorporates a spacious kitchen, living area and dining space without it clashing against the existing structure. The Slimline sliding doors stretch across the entire width of the rear wall, bringing light into these traditionally dark and narrow spaces and integrating the home with the garden and outdoor entertainment space. This project also shows how it’s possible to create a large and open space with the right plan and design even when awkward angles are involved, showing the potential for every home to transform into a more practical, enjoyable space.

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Bring Your Property to Life Through Design-Driven Victorian Kitchen Extensions

Successfully transforming a Victorian property takes a combination of thoughtful design and expert construction, ensuring that the finished result is elegant, practical, and durable. As a full-service team, Plus Rooms has designed and delivered over 1,400 home extensions across London, including exceptional quality Victorian kitchen extensions. To find out more about what we do and how our bespoke services can deliver the home your family deserves, contact us today.

Design Inspiration: Hipped Roof Extension Designs

A hipped roof extension is an elegant and functional way of adding upstairs space to your home. It’s commonly used for creating new bedrooms and bathrooms, but it can also be used to create a guest room or home office space. Here are some design ideas and construction considerations from London-based residential construction specialists Plus Rooms.

What is a Hipped Roof Extension?

In construction, the sloping roof of a house without vertical slides or gables is called a hipped roof. Because of the unused space under these roofs, many homeowners choose to extend the living space upwards by creating spacious loft rooms. That’s why these extensions are called hipped roof extensions.

These conversions are a very attractive and popular option despite them taking a lot of labour and being more expensive than less complex projects. This is because of how they transform the use of your property and expand your space without impinging on the garden. By creating new rooms, these extensions add considerable value to homes, especially in areas where space is at a premium.

Hip roof extensions often don’t require much – if any – planning permission, unlike other types of extensions, and many projects are covered under permitted development (PD). Of course, it is always advisable to check with your local planning authority for any restrictions and to work with a construction partner who will ensure your extension is fully compliant with restrictions and building regulations.

What to Consider While Planning Your Hip Roof Extension Design

In addition to cost and building regulations, it is worthwhile considering:

  • The height of the space – If the head height of the existing space is low, it may not be worth building. In some spaces, if the pitch is very low, building regulations will not allow the extension to take place.
  • Access to the loft – You will need to ensure easy access to the new space in the form of a full staircase, which may impact the layout of the floor below and the loft itself. You will have to be compliant with regulations that determine whether a staircase is safe and sufficient.
  • Use of the new space – There are many reasons to build a loft space, but the most important is that it will be a useful part of the home. For example, if you are building a guest suite for your older parents, it may not be worthwhile if they won’t be able to comfortably use the stairs. It might be better to put the children’s rooms in the loft or create a master suite instead.

Hip Roof Extension Ideas to Inspire You

1. Victorian Conversion in Herne Hill

This extension truly shows the full potential for conversion in Victorian terrace homes. By adding a rear wing dormer and dormer over the main frame, this extension creates a headspace of 2m in a beautiful master suite that overlooks the London skyline. This effectively creates an escape from the hustle and bustle of the home; a modern, glazed bedroom, bathroom and dressing space with the feel of a high-end hotel.

Kitchen Extension and Loft Conversion Lime Grove

2. Bungalow Transformation in Richmond

Even in more modern bungalow-style homes where rooms are more spacious, adding a hip roof extension can utterly transform the look and value of a property. This single storey home in Richmond was taken from its rather modest size and redesigned into an open and spacious family home. The loft extension includes a light-filled landing, two generous bedrooms, and a shared shower room, expanding the square meterage of the home across the entire width of the house and creating a comfortable 2.0-2.3 headspace.

Kitchen Extension Bradley Gardens

3. Simple, Clean Lines in Ealing

This Ealing hipped roof extension expands the home outward using a double flat-roofed dormer to slot in against the existing pitched roof. This created a glamorous and modern extension that worked with the required planning permissions and permitted development regulations that Plus Rooms secured. This is a very sleek example of a hipped extension, using hidden guttering and aluminium trim so as not to distract from the large, structural glass panels.

4. Escape to a Luxury Master Suite in East Dulwich

Loft extensions are a way to escape into the sky and harness the views, freedom, and spaciousness that this high life provides. This hipped roof extension does just that – and more. Tucked away between two pitched roofs appears a double dormer framed by large panel glazing, looking out over the roofs to the stars. This generous space includes a large, spa-like bathroom and a spacious master bedroom and dressing area, creating an addition filled with luxury, exclusivity, and creative design. 

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Plus Rooms – Specialists to Design, Guide and Construct Bespoke Hipped Roof Extensions

Plus Homes is a family-run business specialising in bespoke residential extensions, including hip roof extensions, wraparound extensions, hipped roof side extensions, and loft extensions. As a full-service company, we work with you through every step of your project, from design and permissions to construction and delivery of the final structure. 

We’re here to help you make your home work for you and your family, adding value to your investment and creating a space for the lifestyle you deserve. Over the last 17 years, we have completed more than 1,400 projects in the London area. Contact us for more information about hipped roof house extension designs or get in touch with our team to see how we can transform your home.

Design Inspiration: Pitched Roof Extension Ideas

If you want to add height, character, and volume to your home, then a pitched roof extension is exactly what you need. These extensions should be custom-built to your property and specs, and when they’re built correctly, they will add considerable value to your house as well as support the family lifestyle you love. 

Why choose a pitched roof extension?

Home extensions can use a flat roof, a pitched roof, or a combination of the two to great effect. The key to making any of these extensions successful is having a construction and design team that has the experience and expertise to work with your home’s character and your personal vision to create a bespoke, durable result.

Many people prefer pitched roof extensions because they add light and volume to the property without looking boxy or imposing. These extensions also complement a wide range of architectural styles, blending comfortably with historic, Victorian and contemporary buildings with ease or even carrying off a sharply industrial or modern design.

The slope of the pitched roof makes it easy to bring light into the space through the open volume this vaulted ceiling creates, complemented by features like skylights, glazing, and sliding doors. It’s also one of the easiest ways to create space to the side of your house, with the low profile pitched roof extending off an existing flat roof or extension without interfering with neighbouring properties or your roofline. They are very weather-proof, create shelter for the property, and are easy to maintain.

Pitched roof extensions aren’t without their drawbacks, however. Firstly, these benefits do come at a higher cost than a flat roof extension because of the beams, structural elements, and roofing tiles/surface that the project requires. Secondly, they take a bit longer to construct because they are more complex structures.

5 Pitched Roof Extension Ideas to Inspire You

Here are some pitched roof extension ideas to inspire you and show you what’s possible when you partner with experienced design and construction specialists.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Leithcote Gdns, London, SW16-11

A Warm Heart of the Home in Wandsworth

Although they are known for creating space and volume, this pitched roof kitchen extension in Wandsworth makes a warm and cosy yet functional space. Complimented by copper fittings and a characterful wooden floor, this extension creates a new heart of the home for the family to enjoy. By extending the kitchen and living space, this home now has a functional kitchen, diner, and lounge area to utilise thanks to a compact yet spacious 3 x 5.5m full-width rear extension that sits seamlessly against the existing home.

Plus Rooms Thornbury Rd Kitchen Extension

Light Floods into Isleworth

If you want to maximise light in your home, then this Isleworth extension is just what you need. With a thoughtful and minimalist approach to the structure and design of the extension, this project pushes glazing to the limit. From ultra-wide sliding doors to glazing the peak of the roof to oversized skylights running the length of the extension, you get every drop of sunlight in the day and sit under the stars at night.

Plus Rooms, Pellatt Road, SE22, Kitchen and Loft extension-14

Space to Breathe, Live and Laugh in East Dulwich

This Southwark home extension allowed the owners to reimagine the flow and function of their downstairs space, reconfiguring it for modern family life. The wrap around pitched roof extension extends to a 6.7m full depth, 5.1m full height, and a 1.9m side return. This creates a generous, family-friendly living and dining space that maximises functionality while bringing the garden indoors through large sliding doors. The natural light is further enhanced by two large skylights over the dining area and kitchen prep space.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Shardeloes Road, SE14_-17

Industrial Chic in Saint John’s

While pitched roof extensions are often seen as traditional, this project shows just how well they can be adapted for modern architectural and design styles. Small and simple yet delivering significant impact, this pitched roof kitchen extension extends this home to a 4.3m full depth with a 2.1m side return to deliver a full width across the rear of the home of 5.2m. The timber frame roof creates a beautiful and expansive open kitchen that floods out into the garden. The deep grey walls and industrial fittings are enhanced by a large skylight that runs the width of the side return and a floor-to-ceiling glazed rear entrance, ensuring plenty of natural light meets drama to create an iconic space.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Ansdell Rd, SE15-17

The Best of Both Worlds in Nunhead

As this extension in Nunhead shows, broken plan living can be the perfect way to bring old and new together to create a functional family home. The hip or pitched roof kitchen extension wraps around the home’s rear and side return to create a flowing 9.5m deep by 1.9m wide space with a full 4.5m rear width. The addition allowed the team to create a new WC under the stairs, a separate office and lounge, and a large family kitchen/dining space that floods out into the garden. The broken plan creates privacy and distinct zones for different uses without making the space feel cramped or challenging to manage, and the large sliding doors and skylights let in plenty of light into the long space.

Plus Rooms Extension Landelis Road

Sleek and Modern in East Dulwich

Using a combination of flat and pitched roof extensions, this East Dulwich kitchen is transformed into a modern, minimalist, but light-filled space. By demolishing the old extension, this pitched roof kitchen extension wraps around the rear and side of the house to create a functional 6m deep and 1.7m wide extension to increase the rear width of the home to 4.7m. With modern plasterwork, sleek skylights and folding doors, this house extension isn’t traditional – yet it sits perfectly against the original home to create architectural contrast and individual style for this beautiful family home.

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Plus Rooms – The specialists in pitched roof extensions in London

Plus Rooms offers a bespoke, full-service design and construction offering for homeowners across London. Whether you want to create a space that is traditional and light-filled, one that is sleek and minimalist, or an eclectic and versatile extension, we’re here to delight you. With an established track record for excellence, we’ll design, build, and deliver the extension that your home truly deserves. Contact us today for more pitched roof extension ideas or to chat with our team about pitched roof extensions in London.

Design Inspiration: Flat Roof Extension Ideas

When extending your home, one of the central decisions you will have to make is to have a pitched or flat roof extension. While flat roof extensions may seem a bit more challenging to maintain, the reality is that with the right construction partner, they are as effective, beautiful, and durable as a pitched extension. Here’s some insight into these extensions as well as design ideas from our team who have designed and delivered hundreds of successful, elegant flat roof extensions in London.

Why Choose a Flat Roof Extension?

There are many important advantages of this type of house extension, including:

  • Affordability – A bespoke flat roof extension is easier to construct than a pitched one, which means more of your budget can go towards important features such as custom sliding or panel doors, skylights, and interior design. This also means that they are faster to build, so you can be enjoying your new living space in less time.
  • Visual impact – These roof lines are much less obtrusive, which is a great design advantage if you are looking for an extension that delivers space without being bulky. This also means that they can be waterproofed and finished off easily without the need for tiling or other types of roofing. Drainage can also be built into the structure, so that you don’t have unsightly gutters and downpipes spoiling those elegant, clean lines.
  • Strength – Depending on their design and construction, a flat roof can be exceptionally strong and durable, allowing you to finish them off with bespoke touches like turf or wildflowers to create a beautiful and natural effect when viewed from above.

Design Inspiration for Flat Roof House Extensions

To see if a flat roof extension is the right project for your home, let’s look at some recent projects that may inspire you.

Plus Rooms kitchen rear extension terraced Hillcourt Road SE22

A Simple, Elegant Extension in Dulwich

When designed properly, a flat roof extension is the ideal addition to Victorian terrace houses like this one in East Dulwich. This takes a traditionally long and narrow property and adds a distinctive modern touch that gives the home a new lease on life. By using floor to ceiling sliding doors as well as front and side skylights, the length of the home is brighter and more naturally-lit than before, taking unused space and creating a new and beautiful heart of the home.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension  Woodbastwick Road

Broken Plan Beauty in Sydenham

Older properties truly come to life when a bespoke and thoughtfully designed extension is created. This lovely Sydenham home shows how versatile an extension can be – there’s no need to settle for one-size-fits-all. By embracing the character of the home, a unique broken plan living area is created, filled with light and supported by a massive and characterful solid timber beam. An exposed brick pier allowed us to hide away the support the flat roof house extension required, helping to create zones within the new space for dining, relaxing, cooking, and entertaining.

Plus Rooms Kitchen Extension Rectory Rd

Modern Contrast for Open Plan Living in Tooting

A flat roofed extension is an elegant and subtle way of creating something new on the canvas of your home. Rather than having this extension subtly slip into the background, this Tooting home brings it to life with plaster and paint to sit against the traditional exposed brick structure. This creates soft contrast without overwhelming the traditional Victorian exterior, and the slimline sliding doors expand the new open plan space out into the garden to create a seamless and airy space for entertainment and family life.

Flat Roof Extension Earlsfield

Best of Both Worlds in Earlsfield

Flat roofs work well in combination with pitched roofs, as this Earlsfield home shows so well. By demolishing an existing rear extension and expanding the kitchen into the side return, the existing pitched roof seamlessly meets the new timber-frame flat roof to create a beautifully vaulted multifunction space. This is a great example of how a small extension can make an impressive difference to how a home can be used, which is so important in modern family life. 

Flat Roof Extension Herne Hill

Taking Home Life to New Heights in Herne Hill

In family homes, extensions provide practical space – but they can provide luxurious privacy too. This flat roof loft extension creates a bespoke master bedroom, dressing room, and en-suite high above the skyline, providing a space for relaxation, peace, and tranquillity. The views over London are maximised in each room using floor-to-ceiling glass, and the large-scale skylights create a sense of living far above the streets where the air is clear. 

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Bespoke Flat Roof Extensions from London’s Master Designers

The success of a flat roof house extension is a combination of thoughtful design and expert construction, ensuring that the finished result is elegant, practical, and durable. As a full-service team, Plus Rooms has designed and delivered over 1,400 home extensions across London, including exceptional quality flat roof extensions. To find out more about what we do and how our bespoke services can bring your dream family home to life, contact us today.