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M House

In a suburb of Melbourne, MAKE architecture expanded a family home brilliantly. The unusual roof lines that form the M actually mimic the original home’s double hip roofs. A flat roof section connects the new addition to the initial building. The minimal modern extension is sized to maintain as much garden space as possible. Facing south, it is also designed to capture northern light year round and shelter the interiors from the blazing summer sun. That’s a tall order and one fulfilled through the use of deep overhangs, high glazing, and sheltered courtyards. Continue reading

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Tucker Lake Cottage

A 20-year-old cottage in Ontario is brought in to the 21st century. Altius architecture designed an addition to the lakeside cottage that doubles its size, views, and versatility. Continue reading

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Prince Philip Residence

A 1960s Montreal residence is stretched in to the 21st century with mid-century lines. Thellend Fortin Architectes added a wealth of living space and light to the formerly one-level home. Notched in to the steep site, the two-story expansion is grounded by a contemporary limestone-sheathed gym. Outside, the narrow walk, pool, and terrace are clad in limestone. A wooden terrace and planter box wall add warmth, interest in their varying levels, and privacy. Continue reading

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Dulwich Residence

With a nod to the original 1920s Montreal home, this addition nearly doubles its size to 2845 sq.ft. Nature Humaine Architects entirely updated the existing structure’s interior to meld with the expansion. On three new levels, the house now provides voluminous living spaces. Continue reading

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Chetwynd Road Project

A delightful and light addition to a Victorian London townhouse brings this home in to the 21st century. Cousins & Cousins designed the 185 sq.m. expansion with a delicate yet firm hand. By stretching the addition fully across the property’s width, they maximized the allowable footprint. The depth extends as far as allowed and so matches the neighboring property. Continue reading

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Kirchplatz Residence

Extending a farmhouse that was built in 1743 is no easy feat. Oppenheim Architecture + Design realized this three story, 3,015 sq.ft. single-family home addition through the use of familiar shapes, lines, and materials. Continue reading

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The Vegetarian Cottage

At first glance, I was certain this was a renovation project. However, it is actually a two-story addition to a brick townhouse in Hackney, London. Designed by Cousins & Cousins, the expansion adds a bedroom and reconfigures the living spaces for the family of six. Continue reading

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Maison de Chateaubriand

Once the home of a train station master, this expanded Montreal house adapts remarkably to its evolved surroundings. The train tracks have been replaced by an urban park with mature trees. On the east side, the elevated highway addresses the street face of the home. The discreet and sober brick facade hosts a swath of vertical wood slats and limited-in-number windows and doors. Their blackened steel frames enhance the iron tones of the original rusty brick. Continue reading

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Chemin Bord du Lac

A distinctly modern addition has been created, by architect Henri Cleinge, for a multi-generational family home in Montreal, Canada. The original home, built by the Hudson Bay Company, is 200 years old and built of immense thick stone walls and heavy timber framing. It’s occupied by the great grandfather and the grandparents. Residing in the new brick, weathered steel, and glass two-story addition, the parents enjoy expansive views of the lake. Originally the street lay on the lake side. Now the street lies on the opposite side, opening the water side to incredible views. Continue reading

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Westmere Alteration

In a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, a family home receives a luxuriously simple addition that takes full advantage of the climate and sea views. The original home houses all of the bedrooms so the new two story extension, designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, is for living and lounging. Continue reading