Terraced houses are some of the most popular in the UK, filled with character and features from the Edwardian, Victorian, and Georgian eras. And while they do have a lot of great benefits for homeowners, their long and narrow floor plan that’s filled with small rooms and blocked off from natural light isn’t one of them. The best way to take on this challenge is with a kitchen extension. This not only allows you to increase your floor space and redesign the flow between downstairs rooms for modern life, but it also creates opportunities to bring in more light and the outdoors. Here are some terraced house extension ideas that will help you change the way you live in your home, and create value in your investment.
Types and Examples of Terraced House Extensions to Inspire You
Flat roof extensions are the most affordable and least labour-intensive types of kitchen extensions because they are comparatively quick and easy to design and build. The rooflines are less obtrusive, helping the extension to settle against the older building, and they can be finished off with some elegant features including wildflowers and hidden drainage.
This Haringey terraced house extension shows how a simple flat roof extension can add an impressive amount of breathing room into a terraced house without being a big project. In total, the roof and rear wall have been pushed out by just 1.5 metres, creating an almost full-sized wall sliding door that extends the dining area out into the garden and space for two large-scale roof skylights that flood the kitchen and dining space with natural light.
Some terraced houses have low ceilings that further reduce natural lighting and make the space feel cramped. The answer to this is to extend the kitchen and living space using a pitched roof extension that adds volume and airiness to the heart of your home.
This Victorian home in Battersea achieves exactly this effect, with a vaulted ceiling spanning the newly-created kitchen and dining space. Thanks to a thoughtful design, the new rear extension perfectly complements the existing terraced house, with the gable, flooring, and character features flowing effortlessly through the old space and the new.
The garden at the rear of the home is the natural space in which to extend a terraced house, as it usually requires no planning permission and is much less labour-intensive than other types of extensions. While a rear extension can make a terraced house even longer, a good design will prevent this from feeling tunnel-like. This is achieved by maximising glazing, letting the home flow into the garden, and creating a feeling of airiness throughout the lower level.
You can see this in action in this Southfields home’s terraced house kitchen extension, which involved demolishing a rear outhouse and building a contemporary extension with crown roof vaulting and three skylights. The positioning of the skylights and the full rear sliding door ensure that light is brought into the home throughout the day, giving it a natural warmth and spaciousness.
When you have a family, it can feel like a terraced home simply isn’t enough! But that doesn’t mean it’s time to move from your small house. If you have the option to do so, a wraparound extension will transform your tight space into a proper family home.
This Hounslow home added a huge amount of family living space with a 1.8 x 3.4 x 7.5-metre wraparound extension that changed the floor plan of the home. This extension created a comfortable entry hall, private lounge and office areas, and an open plan family kitchen, living space and dining space that flows effortlessly into the garden.
Side passageways are a waste of space in most terraced homes, so a side extension is a perfect way to get some much-needed breathing room inside. Much of our modern lives revolve around a shared kitchen and living area and having just 1.8 metres more space added to the width of this room can utterly transform it.
The terraced kitchen extension in this East Dulwich home is a great example of this, allowing the homeowners to make a wide and spacious kitchen and dining area by shifting the downstairs WC and extending through the side return. As always, bespoke skylights and large glazed doors out into the garden create a light, nature-filled space to enjoy.
Bespoke Terraced House Extensions in London
If your terraced home no longer fits your family, don’t think about moving just yet. Our end-to-end design and construction team can show you how to transform your home and make it a space your entire family can enjoy. Over the last 17 years, we have completed more than 1,400 bespoke construction projects in the London area, managing every project from the first designs, through construction, to the handover of the final result.
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