A semi-detached home, or simply a “semi” has been a constituent of English residential architecture throughout the centuries, with the quintessential design permeating the quaint villages, town, and even cities. The semi is a beloved design by homeowners and architect alike, and it can be found in a variety of shapes and form, ranging through the eras.
However, when the time comes to do a little remodelling in an attempt to rejuvenate your living environment, the project will require a unique approach in order to use the existing architectural solutions to your advantage. Here is how you can get the most out of your semi-detached home while remaining a good neighbour.
Embrace the open-plan design
A wonderful way to bring spaciousness and a sense of freedom in a semi-home is to embrace open-plan living, as oftentimes the interior design of a semi depicts a setting that is overly constrained by walls and sections. While the open-plan design is not without its potential downsides such as the inability to control noise levels and prevent kitchen smells from permeating the rest of the house, it’s nothing that a bit of smart decorating cannot fix.
Naturally, in order for the open-plan to truly come to life, you do want to divide the space into essential rooms such as the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, and the living room. These sections will be divided by glass doors, low walls, furniture, etc. For intimate areas such as the bedroom or the bathroom, you want to retain the initial design.
Consider a rear extension
One of the easiest ways to add extra space to your home that can serve as a study, a play area for the kids, or even a man-cave, is to introduce a rear extension into your backyard. While you might not need a planning permission unless your home is in a conservation area, you will most likely be obliged to build the extension from the same material as the rest of the exterior.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t go for a modern approach, such as a glazed space to a traditional house or a striking clad extension with a timber frame box above. The possibilities are numerous, and while you can tailor the design to your liking, you want to make sure the space receives plenty of natural light and doesn’t disturb the neighbours’ view.
Transform the backyard
A semi always has a backyard, and no matter if you have a rear extension or not, your garden should always look beautiful. The first step is to do some thorough landscaping and bring the vibrant greenery to life and order.
Next, think about the various amenities that will enrich the setting and create a true backyard oasis. Consider creating a pool area and make sure it fits well with the greenery. Free-standing above ground swimming pools are excellent aesthetic additions to a semi-home. Also, create a centrepiece in the form of a fire pit or a grill area with surrounding garden furniture and a gazebo for those rainy days.
Bring in plenty of natural light
As mentioned earlier, welcoming natural lighting into the interior is extremely important in a semi-detached home, as you are already receiving less light during the day because of the parting wall. Consider expanding your window scheme facing the garden, and use glass frames for your rear extension as well. If you like the open-plan approach, you will be able to benefit from added light exposure as well.
Remodel for a marriage of old and new
Finally, a great way to rejuvenate the interior is to combine the old architectural solutions with modern design and decor. While you can leave the kitchen where it is, you might decide that more space is needed to build a study, or a nursery, so transforming the garage or walling off the raised deck might be a great way to add space to the existing interior.
A semi-detached home is a wonderful place to live in, especially if you invest time and effort into tailoring the design to your liking and to provide functionality as well. By considering these design solutions you will have no problem getting the most out of your semi-detached home.