With over 25% of British houses being terraced, it’s fair to say these properties are a staple of British towns. They’re suitable for almost everyone from first-time buyers to small families, but there are sometimes downsides to them.
Many terraced houses – particularly period ones – can lack light and space despite having a reasonable square footage, and extending isn’t always an option, either for financial or planning reasons. So what can you do to introduce a sense of flow to your property? We’ve come up with a few ideas that may help you out.
Tackling the ground floor
Often the kitchen of a terraced property is at the back and rather small – galley kitchens are fairly common in Victorian houses, for example. To turn the kitchen into a bigger space that’s more suitable for socialising, you could try reversing the original layout and put the kitchen at the front with the living and dining area behind. This provides plenty of work and storage space as well as a little more room to manoeuvre.
Alternatively, if your home is structured in such a way as to support it, you could open out the living and dining rooms, creating one larger space that allows light to flow all the way through from both ends of the property. It’s then possible to have an open plan kitchen and living space, with the original kitchen serving as a bathroom or utility room.
If your aim is to allow more light into the downstairs rooms without renovating your terraced house completely, consider larger windows or French doors leading out into the back garden. Hallways can be brightened with the installation of a fanlight or by simply installing a front door that has more glass inlaid than the existing one. If the entrance has an inner door, think about removing it in order to let light flow more freely.
Changing the upstairs of your home is trickier, as generally the master bedroom is at the front of the house with the second bedroom and bathroom behind. So what if you need an extra bedroom but can’t extend? It may be possible to reduce your bathroom space in order to fit an extra bedroom on the first floor, but three smaller bedrooms may prove less appealing to buyers than two larger ones.
A loft conversion is often a suitable way around this problem. Speak to a loft conversion specialist such as Bluelime Home Design about whether your property is suitable for this development and how to get the most from the space – for example, you will need a minimum of 2.3m of headroom for the area to be considered usable. Before going ahead with it, think about what the room will be used for – a child’s bedroom, for example, may not need to be as big as a double room for you or for guests. How much space you need and accessibility to the area will ultimately determine the price of the conversion.
To find out more about renovating a small terraced house, contact the team of experienced professionals at Bluelime Home Design on 01322 521026 today.