Semi-Detached House Extension Ideas

GBS Architectural on May 18, 2021

Semi Detached House Extension Ideas

We have previously spoken about house extensions and house extension ideas on our Extension Architecture page; if you haven’t taken a look at that first, we suggest having a read-over to familiarise yourself. This blog post will look at something more specific: house extension ideas for those with a semi-detached property. It may seem trivial, but little to no information defines the difference between property types, their inherent benefits and, more importantly, how and why homeowners should take advantage of their homes to maximise their potential.

The Benefits of Semi Detached House Extension Ideas

As with other house extensions, the benefits from extending your semi-detached home will have a significant impact on your home; they include the following:

Space – Those with house extension ideas will undoubtedly see increased usable space added to their home. This space will be designed tailor-made to your project brief, ensuring that you will have more space and that the area you will now have is exactly what you need.

Value – Extending your home will increase the value of your home; the actual amount will, of course, depend on the size of the works, the quality of the design and the level of finish on the project itself.

Layout Efficiency – Clients with semi-detached house extension ideas will most likely want to alter the layout of their home whilst undergoing other works; this will allow the project to be designed holistically with the entirety of the house, ensuring that the property works with a more efficient layout.

Light – We always like to press natural light’s importance onto our clients. Each project we work on is unique, but one of the most constant house extension ideas is increasing natural light intake into the home.

Energy Efficiency – Just like with a loft conversion, a lesser-known benefit of a new house extension is that you will see an improvement in your home energy efficiency; as the unique construction will be of higher performance, you should expect an upturn in energy efficiency.

But What About Semi-Detached Houses?

It is fair to say that the benefits listed apply to those with their house extension ideas, whether this be a ground floor flat, terraced, semi-detached or detached home; what benefits are those with semi-detached houses and semi-detached house extension ideas like to see?

Space – Those with a semi-detached house are likely to have a bigger plot of land to work with; generally speaking, the more room you have to ‘play’ with, the more space you can add to your home.

Design Freedom – Because one side elevation of the property is exposed and therefore further away from the nearest neighbour, those with house extension ideas at their semi-detached house can hope to have access to a broader design spectrum as the usual limitations are likely to be less critical, this could mean higher ceiling heights, a more modern/contemporary design or simply using materials that may not have been allowed elsewhere.

Side Extensions – Again, adding onto the two previous points, the exposed side elevation opens itself up to a world of possibilities; this is where we at GBS Architectural can bring a creative flair to the project and add something different for our clients with semi-detached house extension ideas. This could be something simple, such as a side utility room/boot room, or something more complex, such as creating a larger, more expansive family reception room.

First-Floor Extensions – Depending on the local authorities’ design guidance and the specific street scene we are working with, it may be feasible to look at a first-floor extension either at the side, the rear or both. First-floor extensions can bring something entirely different to a project. This may include enlarging the existing spaces or uplifting the property with an additional bathroom, bedroom or even a walk-in wardrobe to create a main bedroom you didn’t know you needed.

Permitted Development – It would not be an architectural article if permitted development weren’t mentioned; those with house extension ideas should always look to the guidance to see if their proposals can work with the rights to make the planning process smoother. Those with semi-detached house extension ideas will be highly pleased to know they can access an additional space allowance of 10 cubic metres if they want a loft extension.

GBS Architectural – How Can We Help You?

The above outlines how those with house extension ideas can benefit, especially if your home is semi-detached. To better understand the benefits you are likely to see or the potential constraints on your property, we suggest you send us an email or give us a call, and we would be happy to discuss your project with you.

From there, we can provide you with a more detailed outline of the benefits specific to your property and the process you will need to go through to get from the initial conception stage. We will also aim to provide you with several house extension ideas, specifically semi-detached ones, to help maximise the potential of your house extension and ensure that it satisfies your needs today and into the future.

GBS Architectural is a London-based CIAT chartered residential architecture practice with offices in Wimbledon. We specialise in handling the entire architectural process (conception, planning, technical, tendering, contract administration/project management) of all residential projects, such as house extensions, loft conversions, outbuilding designs, and bespoke new-build homes.

We provide a stress-free service that puts our client’s satisfaction at the forefront of our working relationship by acting as a single point of contact for our clients.

Please get in touch with us if you want us to help you with a new or existing project.

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