“As the inflation rate has started to fall and mortgage rates have drifted down, George Omalianakis, of GOAStudio London architects, says the appetite for renovations has started to creep up.

“Homeowners are deciding that the future looks a bit better now and it is worth the risk of creating their dream home, or upgrading their existing one,” he says.”

The Telegraph

Alexandra Gross, December 2023

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Money / Property

How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

From rebuilding to selling up and renting, Telegraph Money on the tricks of upsizing

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“The odds have been stacked against anyone looking to buy a bigger home. Not only have larger properties increased in value much more than smaller homes since the Covid pandemic, but higher mortgage rates have made it significantly more expensive to bridge the value gap through borrowing.

In order to trade up from a semi-detached to a detached house, the average household in Britain would need an extra £176,610 – or 63pc of their property’s value – according to exclusive new research from Hamptons estate agency. In cash terms, this is the biggest increase since Hamptons started recording the data in 2004.

Moving from a typical terraced house to a semi is less of a leap at an average of £44,370, yet this 19pc premium is still the biggest percentage gap since 2005.”

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Do you live in London? Do you look to carry out home improvement works? Then the chances are that your home is of traditional construction and you need to make sure that your architect understands that.

What sets us apart from other residential architects is that we have the relevant qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience to work with older and traditional buildings like yours.
We understand the chronology, building styles, age and characteristics of traditional (pre-1919) buildings.
We also understand the condensation risks when you carry out any building work, which happens because the thermal performance and energy efficiency of traditional (pre-1919) buildings is affected by extensions, repairs and retrofit refurbishment works.
This is what we are passionate about and this is what we are experts in.

Contact us with your ideas and your requirements and we will get back to you with advice on how we can assist and the next steps.

Since 2009 we have designed for some amazing transformations of properties across London. As expert London residential architects we are often asked to help homeowners create their “forever” home or a home they simply look to grow into until they are ready to move again.

We know that home can mean many different things to different people and we also know that properties in London come with their own unique character, challenges and potential. We enjoy the journey and we enjoy finding potential in every single project we are involved with.

Holland Park Conservation architect designed house extension and renovation in Kensington Chelsea W14 by GOAStudio London architects 09 Existing elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Holland Park conservation architect | Villa house extensions and renovation

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Hackney N16 Kitchen extension

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation Garden kitchen light 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Putney Wandsworth SW15 House extensions full renovation

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension Through views 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Lewisham SE13 Rear kitchen extension

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6 Contemporary architecture 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6

Angel Islington N1 Listed House rear extension Garden view 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Angel, Islington N1 | Listed house rear extension

Architect designed rear house extension Highgate Haringey N6 – Rear elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Highgate, Haringey N6 | Rear house extension

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Stoneleigh KT17 | Extension and alterations to a bungalow

Architect designed roof and kitchen house extension Kingston KT2 Dining area 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Kingston KT2 | Roof and kitchen house extension

High Barnet EN5 Residential extension locally Listed house Living and kitchen 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

High Barnet EN5 | Locally Listed house extension

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Side kitchen extension Breakfast bar area 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Muswell Hill Haringey N10 | Side kitchen extension

Enfield Chase EN2 Rear house extension refurbishment External view 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Enfield Chase EN2 | Rear house extension and refurbishment

Architect designed rear house extension Finchley Central Barnet N3 Fluid use of space 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Finchley Central Barnet N3 | Rear house extension

St James Park Westminster SW1H Penthouse alterations and refurbishment Living area 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

St James Park, Westminster SW1H | Penthouse alterations refurbishment

Nunhead Lewisham SE15 House kitchen extension – Rear elevation 2 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Nunhead, Lewisham SE15 | House kitchen extension

Architect designed house extension Grange Park Enfield N21 View outside in 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Grange Park, Enfield N21 | House extension and alterations

Architect designed Putney Wandsworth SW6 kitchen house extension View from the garden 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Putney, Wandsworth SW6 | Kitchen house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Herne Hill SE24 Lambeth Kitchen and garden view2 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Herne Hill, Lambeth SE24 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 View to the garden 1200x781 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | House extension

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Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | House extension

Architect designed house extension Highbury Islington N5 Ground floor kitchen area 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Highbury, Islington N5 | House extension

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Kitchen refurbishment Canonbury Park North Islington N1

Architect designed Listed House extension Angel Islington EC1 Upper floor internal views 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Angel, Islington EC1 | Listed house extension

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15 View to the garden 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Architect designed house extension Maryland Newham E15

Kings Cross Camden NW1 House extension External view and detail 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

King’s Cross, Camden NW1 | House extension

Paddington Westminster W2 Listed Building flat renovation Open plan layout 1 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Paddington Westminster W2 | Listed Building flat renovation

Warwick Avenue Westminister W9 Flat extension Kitchen design idea 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Warwick Avenue, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

Golders Green Barnet NW11 House extension Views of rear extension 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Golders Green I, Barnet NW11 | House rear extension

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Golders Green II, Barnet NW11 | House extension

Architect designed mansard roof house extension Angel Islington N1 Bathroom design copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Angel, Islington N1 | Mansard roof house extension

Architect designed house extension East Finchley Barnet N2 Inside out 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

East Finchley, Barnet N2 | House extension

Architect designed house extension with full refurbishment Lewisham SE13 View of ground floor1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Lewisham SE13 | House extension and full refurbishment

Kings Cross Islington WC1 – Listed Building rear flat extension – Rear elevation photo copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

King’s Cross, Islington WC1 | Grade II Listed flat extension

Grove Park Lewisham SE12 House rear extension External copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Grove Park, Lewisham SE12 | House extension

Architect designed rear house extension Tufnell Park Camden NW5 3D Section BB 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Tufnell Park, Camden NW5 | Rear house extension

Architect designed rear house extension Penge east Bromley SE26 Rear view 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Penge East, Bromley SE26 | Rear house extension

Architect designed two storey house extension Brockley Lewisham SE4 – Design rear elevation 3D copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Brockley, Lewisham SE4 | Two storey house extension

Architect designed kitchen extension Honor Oak Park Lewisham SE23 Design section 300x266 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Honor Oak Park, Lewisham SE23 | Kitchen extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Pimlico Westminster SW1P West Elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Pimlico, Westminster SW1P | Penthouse extension and alterations

Architect designed Kilburn Brent NW2 kitchen house extension External elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Kilburn, Brent NW2 | Garden flat extension

Southfields Wandsworth SW18 residential development – Architect design section copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Residential development

Architect designed mansard roof extension Finsbury Park Islington N7 Kitchen 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Finsbury Park, Islington N7 | Mansard roof extension

Architect designed rear house extension Muswell Hill Haringey N10 Ground plan 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Muswell Hill, Haringey N10 | Rear house extension

Architect designed house extension Winchmore Hill Enfield N21 Floor plans 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Winchmore Hill, Enfield N21 | House extension development

Architect designed penthouse extension Angel Islington N1 Site section and elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Angel, Islington N1 | Penthouse extension

Architect designed flat extension Hammersmith Fulham W12 Design elevations 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Stamford Brook, Hammersmith and Fulham W12 | Flat extension

Barnes Richmond SW14 – Rear house kitchen extension – 3D image copy 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Barnes, Richmond SW14 | Rear house kitchen extension

Shepherds Bush Hammersmith Fulham W14 House extension Design sections and 3D images 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith Fulham W14 | House extension

Architect designed roof flat extension Chiswick Hounslow W4 Steel frame construction 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Chiswick, Hounslow W4 | Roof extension to a flat

Architect designed kitchen and roof house extension Arsenal Islington N5 Rear garden photo 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Arsenal, Islington N5 | Kitchen and roof house extension

Architect designed penthouse extension Barbican Islington EC1Y West Elevation 1 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Barbican, Islington EC1Y | Penthouse extension

Architect designed garden flat extension Tooting Broadway Wandsworth SW17 Site photo 1 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Tooting Broadway, Wandsworth SW17 | Garden flat extension

Architect designed roof extension Shortlands Bromley BR1 Construction photos 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Shortlands, Bromley BR1 | Roof extension

04 Highgate Haringey N8 House extension 3Ds sections and elevations 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Highgate II, Haringey N8 | House extension

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Highgate I, Haringey N6 | Residential property development

1216 Fulham Broadway H Fulham SW6 7UH Flat alterations to a mansard roof Front elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Fulham Broadway SW6 | Flat alterations mansard roof

Architect designed house extension West Hampstead Camden NW6 – 3D visual 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

West Hampstead, Camden NW6 | House extension

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Maida Vale, Westminster W9 | Flat extension

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Southfields, Wandsworth SW18 | Kitchen house extension

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St Margarets I, Richmond TW1 | House roof extension

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St Margarets II, Richmond TW1 | House extension

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Streatham Hill, Lambeth SW16 | House extension

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Clapham North, Lambeth SW4 | House extension

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Chalk Farm, Camden NW5 | Rear flat extension

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Newham, E7 | House extension

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Clapham Lambeth SW9 Flat extension

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Streatham Lambeth SW16 Flat extension

Kensington Chelsea SW5 Philbeach Conservation area architect services Window replacement and external alterations by GOAStudio London architects 03 Section 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Philbeach Conservation area architects

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 Rear house extension ElevR 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 | Rear house extension

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment PlanG 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Waltham Forest E17 Upper floor house extension refurbishment

Walthamstow Waltham Forest E17 Rear side house extension Floor plan 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 | Rear side house extension

Leytonstone Waltham Forest E11 garden flat rear extension refurbishment Section and elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Leytonstone, Waltham Forest E11 | Garden flat rear extension refurbishment

South Woodford IG8 rear house extension Design section 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

South Woodford IG8 Rear house extension

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion Section BB 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Streatham Lambeth SW2 House extension garage conversion

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development Ground floor plan 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Woodford Redbridge IG8 Architect designed house development

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension Loft plan 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Wanstead Redbridge E11 Roof house extension

Dalston Hackney N16 House side extension Section BB 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Dalston Hackney N16 | House side extension

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions Section AA 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Hoxton Hackney N1 House extensions

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension Architect Section AA 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Aldgate Tower Hamlets E1 Flat extension

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension Architect floor plan 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets E2 Rear house extension

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension Architect Section AA 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Upton Park Newham E7 Ground Roof house extension

Plaistow Newham E13 Rear side house extension architect Section BB 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Plaistow Newham E13 House rear side extension

Lambeth SE1 conservation area residential development Front elevation 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Lambeth SE1 Conservation area residential development

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension Section BB 400x284 The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

Streatham Lambeth SW16 Side extension

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GOAStudio London residential architecture and interior design is an award-winning practice, specialising in architectural services for residential projects across London.

As your local residential architect our team aims to provide a friendly and professional service for your home project.

Our approach is based on carefully considering the particular aspects of each scheme before coming up with a creative way for you to instil your unique stamp on what we do and how we do it. 

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Your local Council will have in place design and planning requirements for your home project and you will need to obtain planning approval for a wide range of extensions and alterations to your property.

When you get in touch we will offer you detailed advice about what is likely that your Council will approve and in the meantime we have prepared the following architectural and planning guides that include extracts of the relevant planning policy and examples of our projects in our Borough.

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We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

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