Semi-detached houses are built in pairs and they share at least one common wall. More specifically these houses are mirror images of each other and are build in a manner so that they are attached to one another sideways sharing one common wall.The 2 storey extension are made in this type of houses to provide more space in kitchen and dining areas as well as more living space for growing families. Since semi-detached houses are mirror images of one another, the architects having more challenge in creating extensions, which may be symmetrical or asymmetrical depending upon the situations.
Sometimes existing windows on the first storey are taken as a reference for both types of style. Moreover, as for as possible matching finishing material is used to retain the original look of the existing building and if it is not possible, contrast appearance is created to give the building a modern look. There also exists a big threat when you plan to extend this type of property and this is the neighboring home with which your property shares a common wall. This could affect your plans and sometimes can compel you even to drop the whole idea of extensions.
As a basic fundamental practice, per square construction cost is lesser in double storey extensions for semi-detached houses also, and no doubt much more space is available for a better lifestyle. Not only has this but the value of such properties also become high due to their beautiful and elegant look.However,few hurdles are also associated with double storey extensions for semi-detached houses. One major issue of these is the issue of overlooking as there is a common wall shared with neighbor. Glazing to the side walls and maximum glazing to the roof are solutions to this problem. The other issue may arise is of natural light in the central part of the firststorey, and it may be addressed by putting an open plan in the central part in the secondstorey.
Permitted Plans And Regulations:
There are some permitted planning rights, under which a building or its extensions can be constructed without observing lengthy planning processes. These rules may differ for a different type of properties, so one should always check about these with local authorities before going to construction. As extensions cannot be done in the front of the house, these are almost every time done in the rear or side of the building.