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Updating your Victorian terrace

Whether you’ve spotted a renovation opportunity or are looking to update your tired terrace, Opinder Liddar explores the design options available to maximise space and create a modern dwelling without losing period charm
This two-storey side extension by Giles Pike Architects (www.gilespike.com) allows the owners of this house to enjoy a larger living area on the groundfl oor. Upstairs, the extra room is used for a walk-in closet

Large terraced properties make for an attractive renovation prospect – especially for families looking for somewhere that can accomodate their growing needs. However, these dwellings often need a fair bit of updating to suit modern living.

Victorian homes tend to come with plenty of character – I’d go as far as to say that this era’s architecture is the epitome of the UK’s favourite house. These structures often show original design, use of local materials and excellent craftsmanship – which is exactly how we should be building today, although this spirit is somewhat forgotten by large developers.

At Lapd Architects we’ve updated and extended many terraced homes, creating an array of innovative spaces that match the owners’ lifestyles. Having done so many projects, I can usually guess how the original house is going to be laid out before seeing it.

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!