How to Transform a Semi-Detached Home

Remodelled semi-detached house with throughview and bookshelf storage
(Image credit: Agnese Sanvito)

The semi-detached home is the backbone of Britain’s housing stock, and a quintessential part of the streetscape in most villages, towns and cities. Our beloved ‘semis’ come in many guises — from the characterful bay windows so common to Victorian semi-detached properties, to the strong gables and rendered and mock timber-frame façades of 1930s builds, and brick-clad estate homes of the mid to late 20th century.

Remodelling and/or extending this type of property is not without its challenges, however. Unlike the detached home, there is a significant factor which could impact, and even put the breaks on your project ambitions — the neighbouring home with which the property shares a party wall.

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.