Manchester Terraced Houses – A Firm Favourite

When you think of a typical Manchester house, what immediately springs to mind? There’s a strong chance that its red-brick terraced houses epitomise your image of the classic Mancunian home. But there’s more to this quintessentially northern design than being the backdrop to the nation’s favourite soap opera. Here we look at one of our most iconic English homes and offer some helpful ideas as to how you can transform your own terraced house.

Popular in the UK since the 17th century, particularly in England and Wales, terraced houses were originally built for the nobility, with their upmarket design typified by the grand terraces situated around Regent’s Park and Bath’s Georgian architecture.  But the archetypal ‘two-up, two-down’ design emerged in the 19th century to provide high-density accommodation in urban areas for industrial workers. Manchester proved to be no exception, with terraced houses reaching the height of their popularity in the mid-1800s. The relatively high quality of some builds also appealed to the middle classes in certain areas and this continues to be the case today, as we see many of these robustly-built properties proving popular with people from all walks of life.  The sheer quality that these houses have to offer proves an irresistible lure, from students to city workers, with good market value only adding to their timeless appeal.

A typical Victorian terraced house has two original bedrooms, is red-hued in colour and features two or three front-facing windows. Many of these houses are situated alongside the pavement but some properties, like this one we spotted in the leafy streets of Didsbury, feature a path, a small front garden and a large bay-window. Areas like Didsbury and bohemian Chorlton have a proliferation of these types of houses, which are proving attractive to buyers who want to invest in a solidly built home that’s located within five miles of Manchester city centre. And who could blame them? We feel that there’s never been a better time to engage with what the city has to offer; whether it’s an all-nighter down the Warehouse project (which started in the old Boddingtons factory, and now hosts evenings in cultural landmarks like the Albert Hall) or paying a visit to the Lowry to catch a comedy night, art exhibition or musical.

Of course, there’s nothing better than relaxing in the comfort of your own home, and one of the best and most practical solutions for improving the feel of your terraced house is shutters. What we love about shutters is how they not only transform the look of a home’s interior but also its exterior appearance. Those of you living in the inner city of Manchester may appreciate how shutters exclude the interruptions of noise and unwanted light.  They’re also extremely easy to clean when dust gathers. For those who reside where the house is directly on the pavement, shutters provide a stylish solution when some much-needed privacy is required. Owners who are converting heritage buildings will find our bespoke hardwood shutters perfect when attempting to dress unusually designed windows. We can fit just about any shape of shutter you can think of!

As Greater Manchester embarks on its three-year cultural transformation in 2019, what could be a better time to revamp your home?

If you’d like to find out more about revamping your current windows, you can contact our expert team to discuss what would be best for your requirements. We can then arrange for one of our skilled, Manchester-based, wooden shutters specialist to deliver an in-home consultation. There’s no requirement to purchase and we’ll survey and measure your windows, giving you all the information you need to make your decision. Call us on 0800 044 8045.