Improving and Updating Period Properties

Many period properties have dark, dank rooms, small living spaces and long thin gardens.  A perfect solution to modern living is to develop the rear of the house, subject to planning regulations, by using some of that garden space.  The original open plan idea is still popular, despite the kitchen smells and general noise, which pervades these designs.  Instead of extending to complement the existing house, how about building to contrast with a contemporary extension?

Developers are increasingly encouraged to make a new extension look new and take advantage of modern materials and technology to create a contrasting look with the older aspects of the building. Not only aesthetically pleasing, this allows new building technology to be utilized, creating more sustainable housing.

Adding a modern extension to the back of a traditional period house creates an eye-catching feature and a unique selling point.  It allows the owner to incorporate their own contemporary designs without compromising original features.

Some can be built under permitted development rights but building regulation compliance must still be met.  If planning permission is required, most councils will consider it within 12 weeks from application.  Practically, if there is no side access to the rear garden, the foundations will need to be tackled by hand and the materials brought through the house.  If the work involves the wall between your house and a neighbour, it is a requirement that you get a party wall agreement and permission for any scaffolding that is on the boundary.

With building regulations, thermal performance and ventilation are essential to get right.  Having enough wall, ceiling and floor insulation is paramount and you may consider trickle vents, opening glazed units, under floor heating or heat reflective blinds.  Some building companies, like Studioni, who use BBA approved SIPS building systems can accommodate all these requirements.  To avoid a cowboy team of builders, why not try searching through a registration body like the Consumer Protection Association?  Your new build will be guaranteed for 10 years by an independent insurer and under their warranty scheme, your deposit is secure.

 In all these ways, you’re safe and secure with a Studioni investment.


Jewel attained a medical degree with Honours in 2003. She is passionate about
environmental issues and the benefits of home-working, including the health and environmental advantages of flexible working practices – among others.  She currently works from home as a company Director and tends to her growing family.

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