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Adding An End of Terrace Extension
Author:
Tom Norris

End of terrace extensions are a pretty good idea providing you have the space to make it worthwhile. You would be hard pressed to extend if you only have a metre or so which is what most end of terrace properties have just to get around by the side of the house.

Assuming you do have a few metres or so then you still have to tread carefully with this type of house extension as they tend to be additionally problematic if you have chimneys in the outside wall. This been the case you are looking at removing the chimneys to the front and rear rooms all the way up including the attic space and the roof. If you don’t remove the chimneybreasts then the only access available to the newly created living space would be through the alcoves and I’m confident that this type of layout will have a negative impact on the project.

A lot depends on how you want to use the added living space. For example do you wish to increase the room sizes or do you wish to create additional rooms. Creating the access to additional rooms will be difficult to the point that it may look very odd given that we have certain expectation when it comes to an end of terrace property.

The omission of a focal point will also seem a bit weird unless you recreate the chimney and fireplace on the new outside wall.



Will An End Of Terrace Extension Add Value?

Whilst almost all extensions will add value, extending an end of terrace house is not so clear cut as it depends very much on the amount of extra space created, whether you added extra rooms or whether you simply enlarged the ground floor rooms and whether you have managed to successfully get the layouts right.

Getting the layout right is the key to making a success of this project and I would strongly recommend that you consult a qualified architect to make the most of your situation. I would also suggest that once you come up with a design that you give a local estate agent, or two, a call to see how your proposed work will impact the value of the property.

If you’re currently considering extending an end of terrace property there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.
 



Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

End Of Terrace Extensions Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

End Of Terrace Extensions Photos 3Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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