“Bear in mind that the planners might require you to match materials – for instance, the roof tiles or slates – to the house next door,” says James Munro.
Needless to say, getting an architect or designer on board with experience of this type of project can help your chances of success.
“The staircase featured a number of half-landings too.
We moved the new staircase to the side of the property during the remodel, opening up the view from the front of the house to the garden.” While the period street-facing façade has been restored, it’s the rear elevation which has seen the most dramatic makeover.
So what do you need to consider when overhauling a semi-detached property, and more importantly, how do you overcome the challenges presented?
If the examples over the following pages are anything to go by, transforming a semi can also be a rewarding endeavour.
Presented with ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of this Victorian semi in London, it’s difficult to believe that this newly extended and remodelled home is the same house.
An extension will result in a deeper floorplan too, which can create central rooms, which are deprived of any source of natural light.A series of new extensions culminate in a single storey addition – home to an open plan kitchen, dining and living area – with shallow-pitched roof.“We provided the client with several versions of the rear.Views of the garden can be enjoyed from the new extension through the sliding patio doors and a large picture window Setting the new extension 3m away from the boundary – the sizable garden helped in this instance – served two purposes: it helped to pull the extension away from the boundary (so as not to impede on the neighbour’s light), and also provided opportunity to create access and introduce natural light to the basement level.A new landscaping scheme, including clean, crisp hardscaping, completes the picture. You don’t want to specify lots of glass and then look out over an old shed left by the previous owner,” finishes Robert.