Updating the exterior for a period look

Adding a traditional gabled front and leaded porch and rendering the exterior of this 1960s property has given it a period-style look, and extending to the rear has added valuable living space

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The owners of this house had lived in a small cottage in the same village before buying this spacious 1960s property, which they planned to renovate.

‘As soon as they moved into their new property, the owners started to dream of ways to improve the look of their home,’ says Alexandra Hull, business manager at Back to Front Exterior Design. ‘The lacklustre exterior was given a traditional gabled front featuring a leaded porch, while the walls were rendered.

The extension

‘As the house hadn’t been extended since its original build, we were able to increase its size by 40 per cent. However, we were restricted by location, as it was in a Conservation Area, so increasing the height of the roof would be difficult, while extending to the side would encroach on the boundaries. We therefore extended to the rear, adding a bedroom and master suite to the first floor. A large kitchen-diner has been created downstairs, plus a living room, a boot and utility room and a games room that opens out onto the large decked area.’

What it cost

£450,000, including all the interior and exterior work.

In the gallery: The exterior of this property was lacking in any character. However, by adding new windows and a rendered, gabled front, this 1960s house has been given an elegant new look.