Amazing ways to extend a traditional Victorian terrace

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  • Planning your next project? From double height doors to outdoor staircases, take your inspiration from these amazing properties

    Almost a quarter of the population live in a Victorian terrace and while we love the original features and stunning windows, they can often feel small, crampt and not suited to the demands of modern life.

    If you’re thinking about adding value to your terrace with an extension, remember there can be many ups and downs – from planning permission and budgets to upheaval and mess. But if you’re going to do it, why not do it in style? Take your inspiration from some of these amazing projects….

    1. Minimalist masterpiece

    If you fancy something really dramatic what about glass extension both upstairs and downstairs? The owners of this house designed ceiling height windows to open the house to the seasons and create a seamless flowing space.

    2. Black magic

    Want to create a space that feels vast but flows? Apparently Renaissance architect Palladio designed rooms with multiple entrances to make them feel huge. This Victorian terrace is a perfect example of his thinking. It looks pretty stunning, too.

    3. Steely gaze

    Want to create an extension with the wow-factor? This stunning south London home has been transformed with a box-style extension built on to the back of the property. The house behind it pretty much sits intact and the huge steel-framed windows are reminisant of a New York loft.

    4. Stairway to heaven

    In order to let as much light in as possible the owners of this Victorian home in west London removed the back wall of the ground and first floors. Glass doors at the back of the first floor slide open to reveal a balcony and staircase leading to the light-filled basement.

    5. Let the light in

    This smart south London home has been extended into the basement, which now runs underneath the kitchen-diner. Here a glass skylight allows sunshine into the floor below, while above, in the kitchen bi-fold doors maximise the space.

    6. Wooden wonder

    A stunning two-story extension gives this Victorian home plenty of character. The kitchen extension is a flat roof box structure while the original pitched roof floor above has been replaced with a wider extension. Wood cladding and a huge windows give this project the wow-factor.

    7. Another level

    Be bold and make a statement with your space. Here a square-like stucture has been added to the back of the house, extending both the basement and the floor above. Double-height doors have been installed as well as an outdoor balcony and staircase which give this home a breathtaking, almost industrial vibe.

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