What were Victorian builders thinking of when they created the ‘side return’, the poky, dank, useless passage from the rear kitchen door up the side of a house to the garden…
Many aspects of Victorian houses in West London, such as ornamental plaster work, are superior to modern ones. But the side return, which might once have served a purpose, perhaps easing access to the outside loo, is now redundant!
The best way of converting it into useful space is with a glazed side extension; demolishing the side wall of the kitchen or sitting room to extend it to the garden boundary. It can have a roof made of convex glass or vaulted in a Victorian style. The result is a bigger room, which is flooded with light.
It’s an economical way of making use of wasted space and adding light. Recently we worked on a side return infill in Shepherds Bush W12 and created a huge amount of new space for c£40k+VAT
Incorporating the side return into the house doesn’t sound like it adds a vast area, but the difference can be startling. The Shepherds Bush W12 project has been extended sideways and back into the garden turning what was a narrow room into a wide, open space.
If you are looking for a side return infill extension to your Victorian house or ground floor flat in West London please contact Ash Island Extensions of Chiswick W4 on 02081665145