Amazing ways to extend a traditional Victorian terrace

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.

exterior of house with white walls trees and dinning table

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

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.

exterior of house with brick walls and white windows

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

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.

exterior of house with brick wall dinning table chair sofa with cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

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.

exterior of house with brick walls stair and sofa set with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Luke White)

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.

exterior of house with trees sliding door and sofa set with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

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.

exterior of house with brick wall house with white windows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

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.

white and brick walls of house plants sofa set with cushions with exterior of house

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)