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13 tricks to make your terraced house stand out

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Traditional British terrace houses are gorgeous, but what with them lining street after street in the UK, it can be difficult to make yours stand out, for all the right reasons! Naturally, you want your home to be a reflection of you and your tastes, but at the same time, you want to preserve the heritage of the property and maintain a good potential sale value, so what can you do to give yours a little more oomph? 

Ask any architect and they'll tell you that terrace houses have an innate charm that you don't want to overshadow with too many outlandish additions, which is why we've honed in on some subtle yet effective changes that you can make. Come with us now and see how spectacular your terrace could look, but be prepared for some serious neighbour envy!

1. Paint the façade.

A fresh coat of paint will instantly give your home a new lease on life, especially if you tackle any cracks or flaky finishes while you're at it!

2. Make more of your trim.

Victorian Terrace gate provides a welcoming entrance to this beautiful double fronted house:  Garden  by The Victorian Emporium
The Victorian Emporium

Victorian Terrace gate provides a welcoming entrance to this beautiful double fronted house

The Victorian Emporium

Terrace houses always have lovely window and door trims, so why not think about painting them in a contrasting colour to the rest of the façade? Stick to something understated for a really classic look, such as this charming sage green!

3. Highlight period features.

Front Exterior of the Two Properties:  Terrace house by Collective Works
Collective Works

Front Exterior of the Two Properties

Collective Works

If your terraced house has a wealth of period features on the front of it, such as ornate door accents, really make more of them! Commit to a regular cleaning and repainting schedule and maintain them properly to make sure they always stand out.

4. Be bold with colour.

Darnley Road:  Terrace house by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Darnley Road

Will Eckersley

If you love the heritage of your home but are a little more modern in your tastes, just go for it with a bold colour choice! The dark grey here shouldn't really work, but it looks exceptional, as everything else has been kept simple.

5. Add an extension.

Slot House, London W12: modern Houses by AU Architects
AU Architects

Slot House, London W12

AU Architects

There's nothing quite like a beautiful extension to make sure that your terraced house is different from the rest! If you place it at the rear, the front of your home will look untouched, but you'll have so much extra space inside!

6. Modernise the look.

As long as your home isn't listed, you can modernise the façade, if you want to. Smooth, unfussy bay windows, more energy efficient windows and an unusual colour will certainly get a lot of attention!

6. Give it curbside appeal.

Transformed NW London Terrace :  Terrace house by Model Projects Ltd
Model Projects Ltd

Transformed NW London Terrace

Model Projects Ltd

Step back and take an objective look at your home. If there's anything that just doesn't look right, change it! It could be as simple as hiding your bins, trimming your hedges or even changing up the hardware on your door. Look at your home as if you were planning to buy it and you'll see anything that needs freshening up.

7. Make the front door stand out.

Your front door is a great way to add a little personal style to your terraced house! Whether you stick with a traditional style and paint it in a bold colour, or add something a little newer, it can become the main focal point of the whole façade.

8. Tidy up your front garden.

Your front garden intrinsically impacts on how good your home looks, so don't neglect it! Some simple privet hedges and shingle are a low maintenance yet pretty way to keep the front area looking well curated.

9. Try some window boxes.

Major renovation, extension and loft. Fulham W6: classic Houses by TOTUS
TOTUS

Major renovation, extension and loft. Fulham W6

TOTUS

Here's a great tip! Add some window boxes to your home and plant seasonal, pretty blooms that you can easily manage and swap out. A little dose of natural colour will really grab passers-by's attention!

10. Add some custom railings.

Wilton Terrace: classic Houses by Flower Michelin
Flower Michelin

Wilton Terrace

Flower Michelin

Terraced houses look amazing when they have some heritage-style railings in place. They really are a match made in heaven! If you don't have any or yours are a bit tatty, replace them with something eye-catching and authoritative and you'll see what an impact they have.

11. Maintain your walls.

Don;t forget about your garden walls, whatever you do! Not only do you need to make sure that they are in good condition, you need to think about keeping them clean too! City homes are always getting covered in much and dirt, so grab a pressure washer and bring those bricks back to life!

12. Add a parking space!

Single Storey Extension, Roxborough Rd: modern Houses by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Single Storey Extension, Roxborough Rd

London Building Renovation

Ask any terrace home owner and they'll tell you that having an off-road parking space is a huge selling point! If you can negate a garden in favour of some parking potential, we really recommend it and just think how much money you'll save in permits!

13. Make the path dazzling.

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation:  Terrace house by Tyler Mandic Ltd
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

Last, but not least, how about adding a period-appropriate garden path that neatly leads visitors to your front door? Perfectly laid tiles, as seen here, really do look phenomenal and add so much majesty to a home!

To see a wonderfully renovated terrace project, take a look at this Ideabook: Brilliantly Updated Edwardian Terrace.

Which of these ideas could really perk up your terraced home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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