Neumann Monson turns Iowa farmhouse from “dog’s dinner” into liveable home

Neumann Monson Architects has restored a 1850s farmhouse in Iowa, stripping away a series of poorly coordinated additions before updating it for the owners’ “modern” lifestyle. Located outside Iowa City, the Foster Road Retreat is a single-bedroom residence that overlooks the Iowa River. The original building dates back over 150 years, but had been updated

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Edward Ogosta brightens Californian bungalow with Rear Window House extension

Edward Ogosta Architecture has renovated a 1940s house in California with light-filled white interiors and a master bedroom extension overlooking the garden. The house, originally built in 1944, was overhauled with a glazed expansion towards the back of the lot by the local firm. Architect Edward Ogosta and his team sought to breathe new life into

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Wowowa adds fluted-brick extension to refurbished Melbourne house

Local architecture studio Wowowa has renovated a Victorian house in Melbourne and added an extension with a scalloped brick facade that contains an open-plan living space. The practice was invited to oversee the modernisation of a property in the city’s Fitzroy North neighbourhood by a client who had watched one of a series of YouTube

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Remix Studio wraps metal mesh around artists studios and residences in Beijing

Layers of metal mesh are used to regulate the level of privacy and daylight for glazed creative studios added to a residential building in Beijing by local architecture firm Remix Studio. The WanWanShu project involved renovating two existing buildings and adding an extension that connects them in a single volume, to creates private residences topped

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Large openings connect grey-brick extension by Soup Architects with landscaped garden

This angular extension to a typical suburban house in the English town of Weybridge was designed by Soup Architects to make the most of the unusually shaped plot. Soup Architects, which has offices in London and on the island of Guernsey, was asked to propose a strategy for modernising and extending the existing 1920s three-bedroom

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Geoffrey von Oeyen designs jagged-roof office addition for Malibu home

American designer Geoffrey von Oeyen has created a home office in southern California that features wooden exterior walls and a highly abstracted sawtooth roof. The project, called Case Room, entailed creating a home office for a pair of attorneys living in a two-storey, late-1980s dwelling in the beach city of Malibu. The couple wanted a

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Matheson Whiteley adds pared-back brick extension to Sebastian Wrong’s Victorian house

Matheson Whiteley has completed a simple brick extension to designer Sebastian Wrong’s east-London house, featuring a combination of traditional and contemporary details. The studio led by Donald Matheson and Jason Whiteley was tasked with designing an addition to the semi-detached Victorian townhouse that could accommodate a workshop on the ground floor with an en-suite bedroom

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Converted stable and “pocket park” feature in revamped Melbourne house by Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects has created a “forever home” for a family of four, by overhauling a dilapidated horse stable, building a curved extension and planting a new garden. Called King Bill, the project involved upgrading and extending a two-storey property in Melbourne suburb Fitzroy, which forms part of a terrace built in 1850. The family asked locally based

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Feldman Architecture completes The Shack nature retreat for creative couple in California

American studio Feldman Architecture has renovated and expanded a cottage just outside of San Francisco, adding a two-storey extension, a pool terrace and a garage blanketed with a green roof. The project, called The Shack, is located on a wooded property in Marin County, which is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Urban Agency completes pigmented-concrete extension alongside Irish cottage

This concrete extension to a traditional cottage in Ireland’s County Kerry was treated with iron oxide to give it a russet hue that complements colours found in the surrounding landscape. Architecture firm Urban Agency, which has offices in Dublin, Copenhagen and Lyon, was asked more than a decade ago to develop a proposal for extending

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Lakeside cottage extension by ACDF takes cues from traditional neighbour

This extension to a Canadian cottage by Montreal studio ACDF Architecture echoes the traditional language of the original home, but executed with contemporary geometry and finishes. The new addition is dubbed La Petite Soeur – or The Little Sister – based on the references it takes from the pitched-roof home to adjoins. “The extension preserves

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In Situ Studio revitalises dilapidated brick Nolintha Residence in North Carolina

Architecture firm In Situ Studio needed to overcome rotting trim and crumbling brick mortar to renovate and slightly enlarge an American foursquare-style dwelling that had fallen into shambles. The Nolintha Residence is located in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. The clients – a brother and sister who are successful restaurateurs – hired local

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Simon Astridge adds white-brick extension to refurbished Victorian house

A large porthole-like window punctures the white-brick facade of this extension to a terraced house in north London, designed by Simon Astridge. London-based Astridge was tasked with renovating and extending the property near Highbury Fields, to create a sequence of more contemporary spaces for a scientist and her family. He set about remodelling the semi-detached

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Matt Fajkus creates office addition for mid-century Austin home

Texas studio Matt Fajkus Architecture used wood, stucco and glass to form an extension to a 1960s dwelling on a sloped site overlooking a creek. The project, called Creekbluff Studio, entailed adding a spacious office to a mid-century-modern home that is owned by clients who work in the financial sector. The 1966 house, which is

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Taylor Knights opens up garden views at Melbourne home with glass-fronted extension

Australian studio Taylor Knights has linked a house in Melbourne to its garden with a modest brick extension, and taken subtle cues for its interiors from the colours in an abstract painting by Wassily Kandinsky. The single-storey property is located in the city’s Brunswick West suburb, and belongs to a creative couple and their child. They approached local

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Edmonds + Lee overhauls slender Victorian home in San Francisco

California studio Edmonds + Lee has refurbished and expanded a gabled-roof dwelling in San Francisco, transforming rooms into light-filled spaces with wood flooring and minimalist decor. Encompassing 3,000 square feet (279 square metres), the Gable House occupies a long, narrow parcel in the city’s Noe Valley neighbourhood. The residence, built in 1908, is owned by

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Eckford Chong adds blackened-timber garden studio to refurbished London house

UK architecture office Eckford Chong has renovated and extended an end-of-terrace property in east London, adding a garden studio that evokes traditional Japanese tea houses. The studio headed by Doug Eckford and Tania Chong was tasked with overseeing the internal and external renovations of the property in Walthamstow, which is occupied by a growing family.

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Martin Fenlon completes expansion of his own Los Angeles home and studio

Expanding a remodelled bungalow in Los Angeles and connecting it to an adjacent commercial building has allowed architect Martin Fenlon to create more living spaces for his family and offices for his studio. Completed over the course of almost five years, the architect conceived the Fenlon House in three phases, and built it with a

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Masonry walls enclose courtyards and living spaces at Ritz&Ghougassian’s Melbourne extension

Architecture studio Ritz&Ghougassian has extended a traditional Melbourne house, using a minimal material palette that sees blockwork walls left exposed both inside and out. The property in the suburb of Prahran is situated on Highbury Grove – a street lined with traditional federation-style cottages surrounded by leafy gardens. Local practice Ritz&Ghougassian was tasked with adding

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BDFO adds extensions and skylights to Brooklyn townhouse

Barker Freeman Design Office has completed the renovation of a townhouse in Brooklyn, demolishing some sections and adding others to make better use of the space. The 20th Street House occupies a corner lot, and previously had front and rear extensions added to it. Barker Freeman Design Office (BDFO) decided to reconfigure these add-ons for

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Sean Griffiths uses visual trickery inside London house extension

Optical illusions including a trompe l’oeil painting and mirrored walls alter the perception of space inside this extension to a south London house by architect Sean Griffiths. The property is situated in a conservation area bordering Brockwell Park in the London Borough of Lambeth. Griffiths’ design for the extension aims to increase the amount of

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Timber shed gives retired couple room to paint, garden and have friends to stay

Jon Danielsen Aarhus has designed a gabled shed to accommodate the hobbies of a recently retired couple in Lillehammer, Norway. The Oslo-based architect created spaces for the clients to paint, sculpt, practice botany, store their cross-country skis, and have family and friends over to stay. Barn House replaces an existing run-down outbuilding in the grounds of the couple’s

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Joel Sanders updates mid-century-modern home on verdant site in Connecticut

A new bedroom wing and an opened-up entertaining area are among the modifications that US studio Joel Sanders Architect has made to a 1950s house in New England. The New Canaan Residence, which takes its name from the Connecticut town where it is located, sits on a leafy property encompassing just under three acres (1.2

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Kaplan Thompson Architects completes angular extension to rural Maine residence

The contemporary extension that Kaplan Thompson Architects has added to a traditional home in Maine is linked to the original structure by a bright yellow volume. Originally built in the 1980s, the farmhouse-style New England home was in need of repairs. “The renovation needed to add vibrant character, more spaces that could take advantage of

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Hayhurst and Co adds charred-timber extension to basement flat in north London

Dark timber cladding applied to the exterior of this extension to a London flat by Hayhurst and Co contrasts the white-oiled boards that line the kitchen and dining space within. The east-London studio headed by architect Nick Hayhurst was tasked with reorganising the layout of the flat in a Victorian terrace, and enhancing its connection

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Seattle garden studio by Wittman Estes provides model for “courtyard urbanism”

US firm Wittman Estes has added a studio building and a Chinese-inspired courtyard to an existing residence in a dense neighbourhood, aiming to show how to maximise an urban lot. The project, called Grasshopper Studio and Courtyard, is located on a rectangular parcel that contains a modest home dating to the 1940s. The project entailed

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Steven Vandenborre creates light-filled extension for Ghent home

Belgian practice Steven Vandenborre has added this annex to the rear of a family dwelling in Ghent, employing abundant glazing to frame garden scenes. The project called Pied-a-Terre extends into the back yard of a home in Ghent’s city centre, which belongs to a married couple and their four children. The husband and wife –

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Alter & Company creates playful extension to historic farm cottage

A slide and bright yellow ladder are among the playful interventions employed by Alter & Company in its modernisation of a farm in Surrey, England. The project by Brighton-based architecture and design office Alter & Company involved renovating a series of outbuildings situated alongside the 400-year-old Grade II-listed Stanyards Cottage. The cluster of structures that

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Holzer Architekten adds black extension to 1920s house in Stuttgart

A sliver of glazing separates a white house in Stuttgart from this black extension Holzer Architekten designed to create additional living spaces with plentiful garden views for its owners.  The local practice was asked to renovate the the 1920s house to suit the needs of a family of five, adding the two storey annex to the southwestern

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Guy Hollaway adds contemporary extension to his quintessential country cottage

British architect Guy Hollaway has transformed an 18th-century cottage in the Kent countryside into a modern home featuring a concrete and glass extension. Hollaway, whose eponymous studio has offices in London and Kent, designed the house for his own family over the course of several years, and wanted it to encapsulate many of the ideas

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Gardens and terraces slot around timber-clad extensions to Auckland house

William Tozer Associates has completed an extension to a house in Auckland, comprising a series of blocks clad in wooden shingles and vertical boards that enhance the connection with various gardens and decked terraces. The Victorian villa in the New Zealand city’s Mount Eden suburb is now loosely enclosed by the cluster of pavilions, which

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Canal boat interiors inspire space-efficient extension to London house by Archmongers

Archmongers has extended the rear of a terraced house in Stoke Newington that features interiors lined with built-in plywood furniture to maximise the available space and a staircase made from a jigsaw of pieces. London studio Archmongers designed the closet-wing and mansard extensions for a growing family who wanted to create more space at their two-storey property

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Fougeron Architecture overhauls Victorian townhouse in San Francisco

A vivid orange stairwell and a canted glass facade are among the modifications that US studio Fougeron Architecture has made to a century-old house in San Francisco. Encompassing 2,500 square feet (232 square metres), the Cut Out House is situated in Noe Valley, an affluent neighbourhood of the city. The project entailed the complete remodel

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HHF Architects adds pergola-like extension to traditional Swiss villa

This extension to an historic villa in the Swiss town of Arlesheim by Basel-based studio HHF Architects features an expressed steel frame intended to provide a contemporary counterpoint to the house’s traditional architecture. The original villa was designed by Swiss architect Hans Bernoulli and completed in 1913. When its current owners bought it in 2013,

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Angular doors connect tapered extension by Mustard Architects with tiled patio

Mustard Architects has added this extension to an Edwardian house in west London, featuring a tapered plan that expands towards angular glazed doors set into its asymmetric gabled facade. East London studio Mustard Architects was asked to renovate and extend the property for new owners who wanted a brighter, more contemporary interior with an enhanced connection to the

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Nick Deaver enlarges 1930s cottage in Austin with glass and metal additions

Nick Deaver Architects has added a corrugated metal extension to the rear of a bungalow in Texas, along with a new dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows. The project, titled LeanToo, entailed the addition of a structure that resembles a rusty shipping container alongside a traditional white gabled house in Austin, which was built in 1936.

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Studio Ben Allen adds pair of brick vaults to terraced house in York

Two arches made from handmade bricks form an extension at the rear of this Victorian terraced house in York by London practice Studio Ben Allen. Studio Ben Allen used locally made bricks to build the two barrel vaults at the back of the L-shaped property located near the River Ouse. “It was the simple beauty of these rear spaces, a

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Stark Architecture overhauls Whistler home with black cladding and monochrome interiors

Steel frames stand out against the white interior of this extended house in Whistler, where Canadian firm Stark Architecture has also updated the existing residence and clad the whole building in black. Drifter Way is situated on a sloping site of 20,000 square feet (1,858 square metres), and overlooks Whistler’s Blackcomb mountains. Based in Ontario, Stark

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Sun Rain Rooms named London’s best new house extension in Don’t Move, Improve! 2018

A revamped Georgian townhouse with a patio that transforms into a reflecting pool has won top prize in a contest to find the best new house extensions in London. Designed by architecture studio Tonkin Liu, Sun Rain Rooms is the winner of this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! awards. The project, which forms both a home and

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Skapa updates prefabricated Norwegian seafront house with glazed walls

Oslo-based architecture office Skapa has transformed a tired villa near the Norwegian capital into a contemporary home featuring full-height glazed walls that open up to views of the surrounding trees and seascape. Villa Bergheimveien is situated on the Snarøya peninsula in the inner Oslofjord. The owners wanted to update their property on the waterfront site

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Al-Jawad Pike uses pale, exposed materials to extend west London home

Pale brickwork, oak furnishings and terrazzo flooring combine in this light-filled extension to a Victorian house in London’s Shepherd’s Bush, designed by architecture studio Al-Jawad Pike. Made up three interlocking brick volumes punctuated by different-sized windows, the extension forms part of a terrace property belonging to an art director, an investment banker, and their two children. Their brief to

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Dominic Pandolfini updates his century-old Melbourne home with huge zinc-clad extension

Architect Dominic Pandolfini has more than tripled the size of his once run-down home in Melbourne, by adding a contemporary extension clad with zinc. Port Melbourne House is a 100-year-old heritage property in one of the city’s bayside suburbs. The Pandolfini Architects founder lives in the house with his wife, two young children and pet dog. When the architect initially

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Glazed extension to Taiwan home by 5X Studio provides views of plants and the sky

This extension to a house in Taiyuan City, Taiwan, contains independent living spaces for two brothers, which are connected by a glazed corridor that traverses a narrow plant-lined courtyard. Architects Joe Wang and Alfie Huang of local office 5X Studio designed the extension for clients who wanted their sons to have a sense of independence

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Tom Givone’s Floating Farmhouse features a glazed waterside kitchen

Designer Tom Givone has overhauled a farmhouse in rural New York, with the addition of a glass-fronted extension overlooking a creek. Self-taught designer Tom Givone transformed a dilapidated building in Eldred – a small town in upstate New York – to create a large, light-filled residence with generous kitchen, dining and lounge spaces. The extension also features a veranda that projects

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Curved opening frames reflective pool in London house extension by Tonkin Liu

Rain can fall through a cut-out in the concave roof of this Clerkenwell house extension by Tonkin Liu, animating a shallow pool of water beneath. Rain can fall through a cut-out in the concave roof of this Clerkenwell house extension by Tonkin Liu, animating a shallow pool of water beneath. The extension called the Sun Rain Rooms

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Klopf Architecture updates mid-century modern Eichler home in Silicon Valley

San Francisco studio Klopf Architecture has renovated and expanded a mid-century modern home in northern California that was built by pioneering post-war real-estate developer Joseph Eichler. The 2,285-square-foot (212-square-metre) dwelling is located in the San Mateo Highlands neighbourhood, which features numerous modern homes built by Eichler in the 1950s and 1960s. Eichler, who died in

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Curvaceous extension by Tom Givone abuts farmhouse in Pennsylvania

Self-taught designer Tom Givone has extended a white house in rural America with a warped metal-clad addition that starkly contrasts the traditional architecture. Originally built in the 1850s in the Pennsylvania countryside, Twisted Farmhouse now includes a two-storey extension wrapped in a silvery exterior. Givone teamed up with JRA Architects in nearby Scranton to design

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Timber and textured-brick surfaces soften interior of extension by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects

O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects has rearranged the ground floor of a Victorian terraced house in north London and introduced a material palette to the extended space that complements the original brick walls. The practice headed by architects Jody O’Sullivan and Amalia Skoufoglou was asked to develop a proposal for reorganising the ground-floor of the house in

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Extension to Walter Segal’s modernist London home is modelled on ruins

Jonathan Tuckey Design has revealed plans to extend the former home of Walter Segal with an addition like an “overgrown ruin”, while Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble has designed a shed for the garden. London studio Jonathan Tuckey Design drew up the plans for Matt Gibberd, one of the founders of design-led estate agent The Modern House. The two-storey brick extension, which has just received

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Yellow Cloud Studio adds distinctive triangular extension to east London house

London-based practice Yellow Cloud Studio has designed a triangular-planned glass and plywood extension for a Victorian house in Hackney that makes a virtue of its awkward space. The existing layout included a north-facing, triangular garden that was slightly higher than the lower-ground floor and accessed via a bulky external staircase from the ground floor. Practice co-founder Eleni

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Post Office Architectes adds vaulted roof extension to Paris apartment for a photographer

Post Office Architectes has added a timber-lined barrel vaulted roof extension to an apartment in Paris, giving its owner an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment building is located at the intersection of four Paris districts and was originally built in the 19th century as a two-storey department store. A third floor was added in

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Laura Ortín adds “aesthetically disobedient” extension to beachfront home in Spain

This faceted extension added to a holiday residence in Spain’s Alicante region features plywood-lined interiors and a picture window angled to frame a view of a nearby watchtower. The owners of the property in the town of Torre de la Horadada commissioned architect Laura Ortín’s Murcia-based studio to design a two-storey extension for use by

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London’s best new house extensions revealed in Don’t Move, Improve! 2018 shortlist

A timber-lined loft renovation, a seven-square-metre extension and a triangular room feature among the 30 projects shortlisted in a competition to find London’s best home extensions. Don’t Move, Improve! is an annual contest organised by New London Architecture (NLA), to champion “emerging trends, imaginative design and original problem-solving” in home renovation and extension projects. A kitchen

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Rural Office for Architecture adds row of red gabled sheds to rural Welsh property

Rural Office for Architecture used locally available materials and a single russet hue to ensure this cluster of service buildings and a rear extension to a smallholding in mid Wales fit in with their agrarian setting. The owners of Aeron Parc are a family of vegetable growers who purchased a site containing a Victorian house and

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Matthew Wood adds seven-square-metre extension to his small London home

The founder of MW Architects used black-blue engineering bricks to add an extension of just seven square metres to his renovated London home. Matt Wood’s narrow Victorian house had an area of just 19 square metres when he bought it. Small but significant, his extension takes the total size up to 26 square metres. Previously, the central

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Natalie Dionne extends Montreal residence using offset black boxes

Canadian architect Natalie Dionne has attached a geometric extension onto the back of a brick townhouse in Montreal, to include more space in the kitchen and a balcony for the master bedroom. Clad in large plates of fibre-cement board, the Black Box II addition measures 180 square feet (17 square metres). It creates extra floor

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Angular frame juts over Montreal house extension by Naturehumaine

Canadian studio Naturehumaine has extended a house in Montreal to create a family living area and an elevated master bedroom, which are all encased in a large grey frame that offers privacy from neighbours. The local architecture firm designed the extension as part of its transformation of the two-storey De La Roche residence in the

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Productora adds steel-frame extension to pink bungalow in Los Angeles

Mexican architecture studio Productora has attached a two-storey steel unit onto the back of a bungalow in California to add more living space. Fleischmann House is located in Echo Park, Los Angeles, on a sloped lot that was previously underused. The entire project, which measures 2370 square feet (500 square metres), included a complete remodel

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Etch House by Fraher Architects contains clues about its previous layout

Traces of the original architecture are incorporated throughout this renovated Victorian house in south London, which Fraher Architects updated with a new staircase that creates multipurpose landings on each level. Joe Fraher and Lizzie Webster of London-based Fraher Architects purchased the property two years ago and decided to undertake a complete refurbishment of the outdated interior to create

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Office S&M uses scale-like tiles and vibrant colours to add personality to London house

This revamp of a family home in west London features a loft extension covered in scale-like wooden shingles, yellow-framed arch windows, and interiors that use colour to separate spaces for adults and children. Architects Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwen of Office S&M were asked to oversee the improvements to a Victorian terraced house in Ealing,

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O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects adds “simple, warm and characterful” extension to London house

O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects has extended a typical terraced home in northwest London, by adding a new timber-lined room that opens onto a brick-paved garden. The Dewsbury Road extension was designed by locally based O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects to replace a 1970s addition at the rear of a property in Dollis Hill, which had split the kitchen and dining area into two

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Anik Péloquin creates contemporary addition for historic cottage in rural Quebec

Montreal architect Anik Péloquin has built an angular extension to a quaint cottage in Canada, with an off-kilter roof and white-washed interiors. The project titled The Sisters, or Les Soeurs in French, involved creating more space for a Canadian house built in the 1930s. The owners purchased the cottage six years ago, and lived there

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Giant pivoting door connects Columbia Road extension to secluded rear courtyard

A frameless glass roof panel connects with a window to allow natural light to flood this extension added to the rear of a Victorian house in east London by The D*Haus Company. The house is located on Columbia Road, which hosts a famous weekly flower market in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Local studio The

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Vaulted zinc roof tops extension to coastal house in Dublin by Arigho Larmour Wheeler

This extension to a cottage in a Dublin suburb by Irish studio Arigho Larmour Wheeler features an asymmetric pyramidal roof, which is sliced off at the top to incorporate a roof light that illuminates an open-plan living area. Arigho Larmour Wheeler was tasked with refurbishing and extending a 1950s worker’s cottage in the seaside suburb

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Craig McMahon renovates concrete bungalow in San Antonio for his family

American architect Craig McMahon has renovated and expanded a residence on a compact lot in San Antonio, Texas, to comfortably accommodate his family of three. The 2,200-square-foot (204-square-metre) House 334 is situated in the residential area of Alamo Heights, within the limits of the Texan city. It sits on a lot that is only 50

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Magnus Ström models gabled annex for Hampshire home on “rustic boutique hotel”

British studio Ström Architects designed this timber-clad annex to house a bar and games room for a home in England’s New Forest he completed seven years ago. Watson House Annexe replaced an existing two-storey structure demolished prior to its construction. It is situated in the garden of the client’s main residence which – like the annex –

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Al-Jawad Pike combines brick, concrete and timber for restrained London home extension

“Matter-of-fact” materials such as concrete, brick, and timber in muted tones have been used to create this extension to a family home in Stoke Newington, north London. London-based architects Al-Jawad Pike expanded the Victorian property for a teacher, a TV producer, and their young daughter. The studio was asked to create a new cooking and dining

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Laura Dewe Mathews creates spaces for birdwatching and painting in London home of a retired couple

Architect Laura Dewe Mathews has added a staggered red brick extension to a London house, as part of a renovation that involved creating spaces for the clients’ various hobbies. The clients, a retired couple in their 70s and 80s, specified that they wanted to remodel their semi-detached Edwardian house in Barnes, west London, to accommodate

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Pre-cast concrete staircase forms centrepiece of basement extension by Studio Octopi

This south London house extension by Studio Octopi features a pre-cast concrete staircase that had to be craned into position. London-based Studio Octopi designed the zinc-clad basement extension for a four-bedroom terraced property in Wandsworth, to provide the owners with a guest bedroom, a shower room, a utility room and a playroom. The original building is typical of Victorian and Edwardian properties constructed in compact

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Christian Wassmann uses sun’s path to shape Miami bungalow extension

This plant-covered extension to a bungalow in Miami is supported by a spiral concrete core that was precisely calibrated to match the sun’s path at the height of summer. Completed for renowned chef Frank Prisinzano, the standalone Sun Path House comprises an exterior kitchen on the ground floor, a master bedroom on the first storey,

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