I own a traditional 1930s 3 bed semi and would like to make better use of the downstairs living space.
We have a driveway 7ft wide running the full length of the house on the side of the old kitchen which we could also extend into (next door have done this).
My first thoughts are of an open plan downstairs with the back of the original house flowing into the new extension and opening out the old kitchen / utility room and moving the white goods to the kitchen, but am unsure how this would feel.
Has anyone else done this or what alterations did you make to your 1930s semi?
We're a young family & went through the same thoughts you did about 18 months ago.
1930s semi with plenty of space around it.
We extended out to the side (the full length of the house, 2 stories) and across the back.
Garage at the front and an extra bathroom and bedroom upstairs.
Previously, downstairs we had one room at the front alongside a hallway. A the back used to be a room and next to it a kitchen.
The front room was left alone. At the back we went down the open plan route.
The engineer threw in some complications like padstones all over the place to hold up the steelwork.
The council then insisted on brick piers and joists in the extended areas instead of a concrete floor. Celltex(sp) in the ceilings and floors menas the insulation is fantastic - of the 4 rads, only 2 are ever used.
Having lived in it for the past 9 months there is a drawback.
We both work and our boy is 3 so the house can end up a tip during the week - being open plan means it is seldomn tidy for long.
On the other hand - having space is good - basically one big family room. It makes the most of the extension and works for us . . . . but won't be for everyone
Most important thing imo is enough extraction to get rid of cooking smells.