Although terraced houses are common in the UK, they tend to get a bad reputation, with many assuming they offer little in the way of space and style.
Whatever your opinion on them, a terraced house extension presents you with an opportunity to add more space to your home while giving it a contemporary facelift.
If you're looking to expand your terraced home then you're in the right place. This article covers:
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Terraced houses, otherwise known as 'row homes', are rows of similar houses joined together by their sidewalls.
They can be pretty small and are infamous for their darker interior.
A terraced house extension, however, gives you the option to convert your minimal living space into a larger area and, with the right design, incorporate more natural light as well.
Terraced house extensions provide a lot of benefits, some of which are:
If you've been wondering how you can extend your terrace home, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
There are a number of ways you could add a single storey extension to your terraced building. You can decide to:
Add a rear extension into the garden
If you have a decent-sized garden, carrying out a rear extension is an excellent option. By extending the rear of your home you could add another bedroom, a study, office, the possibilities are endless.
You can extend up to 6 meters to the rear of a terraced house without applying for planning permission, provided you undergo prior approval.
Go for a bigger kitchen
Terraced houses are often characterised by their small layouts and are primarily known for narrow kitchen areas, usually tucked away at the rear of the house. The most popular way to get a bigger kitchen is to create a terraced house extension.
Add a new dining area
Adding a terraced house extension is a great way to add that dining room you've been longing for. There are plenty of dining options to choose from, so make sure you opt for a dining space that suits your family. Many people like the idea of a separate dining room, but informal breakfast bars sometimes suit busy households better.
Add a bigger entrance hall
Most terraced houses do not have an entrance hall, and even when they do, they tend to be relatively small. Adding an extension would enable you to add a tailored and stylish entrance hall, rather than opening your front door right into your living spaces.
Install a WC and bathroom downstairs
Many home buyers expect to find a WC downstairs, as they’re not only more accessible but also stop guests from traipsing upstairs to more private areas. When adding a WC downstairs, you must remember that the minimum practical space around standard sanitaryware in a WC is 200mm on each side and 600mm in front.
Add more bedrooms
Adding an extra bedroom provides one of the best opportunities for increasing the value of your home. Zoopla once estimated that a new bedroom could add up to 21% of extra value - nothing to be sniffed at! With a terraced house extension, you could either opt for a two-storey addition, or extend your ground-floor and situate a new bedroom here. However, bear in mind that ground floor bedrooms are deemed less desirable than their upstairs counterparts.
Adding a two storey extension to your terraced house might not seem cost-effective, considering how big of a project it is, but you’ll actually find the cost per square metre to be lower for these kinds of builds due to the huge amount of space they generate. What’s more, with a two storey extension, you get double the living area for the same amount of garden space as a rear extension.
Many old homes were built with cellars that can be converted. However, converting your basement depends on various factors, such as the existing condition of the area and whether or not you want to retrofit extra space on top of your conversion. Before converting your basement, you should weigh the cost of the conversion against the value it will add to your home to confirm it's a profitable venture.
If you've some extra space in your attic then you seriously should consider a loft extension. Not only will a loft extension add floor space to your home, it's also a clever way of adding value to your property. Loft extensions are perfect for growing families and can be used as a guest bedroom, a study, a playroom or lounge.
Depending on your budget and what you have in mind, you can opt for a dormer loft extension, a hip to gable loft extension, a mansard loft extension or a rooflight loft extension.
This dated Victorian terrace house was modernised by the addition of a side extension, which helped to create an open-plan kitchen, diner, and living space - complete with storage for bulky appliances. Alongside this ground floor addition, we also used a loft conversion to create a stunning master bedroom, with a white tiled en-suite and juliet balcony.
It's difficult to state directly how much a terraced house extension would cost as many factors determine this value.
For one thing, the type of extension you go for will significantly affect the cost of extending your home. Other factors worth considering include:
A rear extension terraced house can cost roughly £1,200 to £3,300 per square meter, with the higher spectrum applicable to homes in London.
How much value will an extension add to my terraced house?
Adding a terrace to your extension could increaseyour property’s value by as much as 20%. However, this will be dependent on several key factors…
Listed here are some important factors to consider when designing your terraced house extension.
When designing a terraced house extension, consider incorporating more natural light into your home. You can achieve this by adding a skylight or sky tunnel to your roof, installing internal glass doors, opting for an open plan, or turning external windows into doors.
When adding your extension, you must ensure no part of your extension overlooks your neighbours. You can mitigate this by either clever design, provided by an experienced architect, or opting for frosted glass in key areas.
Constructing a two storey extension that extends too far out the back (from your house to the garden) may overshadow the neighbours. This too can limit how big you can build the extension. As with most technical issues, it best to discuss your options with an architect.
A terraced house single storey extension can stretch as far back as 3m under permitted development and 6m with prior approval. Anything more than this and you'll need to apply for planning permission.
You will not usually need to apply with a full planning application for a terraced house extension if:
Here are a few other permissions to consider when planning an extension.
Permitted development can be strict in terms of design and size. To ensure your project is within your permitted development rights, you should employ the services of an architect, who can help you secure a lawful development certificate - proving to future buyers your build was legal.
If you are extending a terraced house, you'll need handle any relevant party wall matters. The first step will be to service your neighbour(s) with a party wall notice. If they fail to give written consent, you'll need to hire one or more surveyors to get a party wall agreement in place.
Your neighbours are entitled to an amount of light, which must be seriously considered when building an extension.
Many homeowners choose glazed extensions to help with the right of light issue. This way, their extension allows light to flow through into the neighbouring property.
For your home to be deemed habitable, it must adhere to building regulations concerning ventilation, fire safety, heating, and the likes. These regulations ensure that your home doesn't pose any harm to you or the surrounding environment.
Upon your application for planning permission, letters will be sent to your neighbours for their consent. However, their approval or disapproval does not determine if you are given permission.
You should also bear in mind that prior approval allows your neighbours to complain if your extension infringes on their privacy or affects their right of view.
Still, we recommend you speak to a Resi expert to ensure that your project is compliant.
Here are some mistakes to avoid when extending your terrace house.
It's imperative you consider access when adding an extension to your home. Homes without access will leave the builders with no other choice but to carry the materials through the house while the extension is under construction. Settling access earlier will avoid dusty inconvenience.
As terraced houses are extended to the back, the middle rooms of the house are often cut off from natural sources of light, making them dark and gloomy. To avoid this, ensure you have as much light on the rear wall as possible.
Budgeting for an extension can be pretty daunting, and a terraced extension is no different. To avoid any nasty surprises during your renovation journey, it helps to get a breakdown of all the costs you’ll likely encounter from the start, as well as giving yourself a 10% contingency fund. Things rarely run as smoothly as we would like, and on a construction site, unforeseen costs can pop up out of nowhere, either from bad weather to shipping delays. Having a contingency fund at the start will prevent you from having to scramble for extra cash at the most important moment of your project.
If you'd like to extend your terraced home but aren't sure how to go about it, you can start with booking a free consultation with our experts.
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Can I build an extension on a terraced house?
In most cases, you’ll be able to build an extension onto a terraced house. However, it’s worth getting in touch with your Local Planning Authority to ensure that your plans are lawful and not exceeding agreed restrictions.
What is the maximum extension for a terraced house?
A single storey extension on a terraced house can stretch as far as 3m under permitted development rights and up to 6m with prior approval. Anything above this amount will require obtaining planning permission
Can you extend to the side of a terraced house?
Due to the nature of a terraced house being attached on both sides to its neighbouring property, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to extend your property out to the side. However, this will be dependent on the individual layout of your existing home. Rear extensions that extend into the back garden are more commonly chosen for terraced properties.
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