See how this Victorian terrace house has been cleverly doubled in size

A light kitchen extension with white fittings and a garden beyond the bi-fold doors
(Image credit: Still Moving London / Ralph James)

As an architect by trade, Sophie Griffiths has spent years advising her clients on ways to make the most of small spaces and increase the value of their homes. So when she and her partner, Sarah Howell, first set their eyes on a modestly sized end-of-terrace cottage, they were quick to recognise its untapped potential. 

"When we first moved into the house, the rooms were dark and cramped," explains Sophie. The layout of the house was typical of a Victorian property. The dining area served as a thoroughfare to a narrow galley kitchen, while the family bathroom languished at the rear of the house. 

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.