There's no doubt that the average "family home" in London has to work harder than ever. A spare ensuite for your au pair, a separate TV room for your adult offspring, or an entire floor for your retired parent...
As the trend for building upwards grows, we're impressed by the clean lines of the rooftop kitchen at number twelve on The Resident's list of ways to extend your home.
We think number fourteen on the list - showcasing Mark Titman Designs' conversion of a listed property - is worth a look too. Whether you already own a listed property in London, or are considering buying one, finding an architect that specialises in this area is invaluable.
When you view a London property with a Dexters agent, you'll find them unfailingly well-informed about its development potential, without losing sight of what's realistic for you as a buyer. If you like the sound of that, get in touch with one of our central London offices for more details.
It is now easier than ever to open up the outmoded rear kitchens of Victorian terraces to let in the sunlight and create better access to the garden. Mark Titman Designs specialists in such properties, particularly listed buildings or those in Conservation areas. An extension should link with the middle of the house, where utility spaces can be incorporated for storage or a WC. The simplest of layouts involves locating storage, shelves and kitchen units either side of the newly extended kitchen, leaving space for movement and furnishing between the flanking cupboards and units.