Can I extend my mid terrace house?

Nestled in between rows of similarly styled houses, typical mid terrace properties are one of the most economical and energy efficient prospects for first time buyers, young families and households looking to downsize. That said, the drawbacks to compact mid terraced homes often centre around a considerable lack of storage, outdoor space, and privacy, as well as noise nuisance from neighbouring properties.

Obviously, mid terraced houses don’t have the option to extend to the side. But could a rear extension or a front extension be a viable possibility to extend your mid terrace house?… SEHBAC investigate.

Can you build an extension on a terraced house?

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How far can you extend a terraced house?… Well, as of 1st June 2019, relaxed planning permissions were made permanent in England only. This means that rear single-storey extensions built on attached houses in England don’t require planning permission as long as they do not exceed 6m from the original back wall of the property.*

You must also make sure that your rear single storey extension adheres to these rules:

  • The extension roof does not exceed 4m’s in height and is no higher than your home’s roof
  • The extension is permanently separated from the remainder of the property by means of a door
  • The extension is sited at ground level
  • There are no balconies, verandas or raised platforms.

* Mid terraces situated within designated land and Sites of Specific will require planning permission.
* Semi-detached or terraced houses in Wales, Scotland or NI must not exceed 3m to stay within permitted development rules.
* Different rules apply to flats and maisonettes.

Large single-storey extensions are also subject to The Neighbour Consultation Scheme, where you must apply to the local authority who will then consult the adjoining neighbours. If they raise any concerns or objections to the extension, the local authority will investigate further as to whether it can go ahead of not. Access to equipment and materials is a serious aspect to consider with mid-terrace extensions, so, in most cases, active cooperation with your neighbours is crucial.

Different rules apply for two storey extensions on mid terraced houses.

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Can I add an extension to the front of my house?

When it comes to front-facing extensions, if your terraced home fronts up to a public highway, it’s unlikely that a front extension is a viable option without planning permission. But if it doesn’t, and you can stick to the rules outlined above as well below, it may be a possibility:

  • Only half the area of land around the “original house”** can be covered by extensions or other buildings
  • Where the extension comes within two metres of the boundary* the height at the eaves cannot exceed three metres
  • The materials used must be of a similar appearance to those on the exterior of the existing house.

** The term ‘original house’ means the house as it was first built; or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date).

At SEHBAC, our team of experts will work with your individual requirements to create a unique extension design and advise what will suit your property and lifestyle best.

Learn more about how our extension buying process works.

Does selling a house with planning permission add value?

Other than improving thermal insulation and kerb appeal, another way to increase your home’s market worth is to obtain planning permission without actually having to go ahead with the work yourself. Potentially adding up to 15%, the exact value will be determined by a variety of factors, including property location, the type of work covered by the permission, and when it was granted – as it will expire after 3 years. Householder planning application fees for extensions and garden buildings are currently £206, which is a small expense to pay to potentially add 15% to your asking price!

Single storey extension ideas for mid terraced houses

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Mid terraced houses tend to be quite long and narrow. But savvy Essex homeowners avoid dark and gloomy interiors by opting for extensions that let as much light as possible inside. Timeless French doors and classic glazed roofing are favoured in more traditionally styled terraces, whilst beautiful bifold doors, modern tiled roofs with large glazed panels and gorgeous lantern roofs are preferred in contemporary styled single storey extensions.

Once your new mid-terrace extension is complete, it’s time to start thinking about refurbishing the rest of your home. Otherwise, your beautiful new extension space could leave the rest of your home looking outdated, dark, and uninviting – especially in older Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes. New windows and doors are just one way to give the rest of your home the attention it deserves, whether that be spacious, contemporary open plan living or rustic, country-cottage charisma.

If you have enough room for a front-facing extension, you could also consider reversing the layout of your home, so that the kitchen is relocated to the front of the house.

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With the average price of terraced property rising quicker than any other property type in the past decade or so, there’s never been a better time to improve your terraced home. Discover our convenient finance options, get a quote, or contact us to find out how to make the most of your terraced property.

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