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Extending a heritage home

Any extension will have a major effect on the appearance of the property, so the design always requires real care and attention – but this is especially important if you’re working on a heritage building, says Alan Tierney
This turn of the century Victorian villa in Surrey has been extended and remodelled by OB Architecture. The team explored how they could work with the existing house to reinstate and preserve its original character. They also aimed to extend and reconfigure it to better suit modern family life. The two-storey addition is separated from the original dwelling by a frameless glazed link, presenting a clear division between old and new

Careful research, planning and design are key to achieving a successful extension to an older building. A well thought-out approach will also help to ensure permission is granted, where necessary.

If you wish to extend a listed property then you’ll need to get listed building consent, because any new addition is bound to impact on the special historic or architectural interest that is being preserved.

Older buildings that aren’t listed are often in conservation areas or national parks, which have special protections. Plus, some houses are locally listed, meaning that the council is likely to look closer into the heritage implications of a proposed extension when you submit your planning application.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!