Extending Downwards - Cannonbury Grove N1
The young couple in this small two bedroom, Georgian terrace house needed more space for their expanding family. It would not have been desirable or even possible to extend upwards in this Listed terrace. There was no room to extend backwards without ruining the beautiful mature garden but there was nothing to stop developing downwards. With the average cost of moving house being roughly the equivalent of fifty thousand pounds (what with all the often forgotten costs) it was no more expensive to underpin and excavate an extra floor. Another added advantage was that the building operation could be conducted from a new light well in the front garden without disturbing the family. The original staircase was copied and an old under stair cupboard door removed at the end to let the family in. Steps lead simply up from the new basement to the garden.