If dark, cramped rooms are an issue, or you don’t want to steal space from a garden that’s already small, extending upwards could be the answer. taking out internal walls and floors to create double-height rooms can give the illusion of a bigger space, allow more daylight inside and, when properly planned, make your home function better. the big costs are likely to be from new structural supports. Such projects come with a lot of upheaval, so it’s best to decamp during building works if you can.
this 19th-century terraced house gained space by scooping out the basement to create a double-height dining room. architectural firm studio octopi also added a column of sash windows at one side, and an impressive 6m pivoting door that opens onto the garden. the mechanism is so smooth that it works with the push of one finger. ‘we removed all the internal walls on the lower two floors and inserted a new steel supporting frame,’ says co-founder chris Romer-lee. ‘this allowed for clear views and a new sense of flow.’