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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 The train tracks have been replaced by an urban park with mature trees.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

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Grey Wings House Extension: Contrasting and Complementary

If you must add insulation and new windows to your existing home, I strongly recommend you treat yourself to a sparkling small addition while you’re at it! Of course your good deeds of adding a photovoltaic array and a grey water recycling system make this guilt free. On this couldn’t be lovelier, hilly green site in Looe, Cornwall a locally sourced timber framed and glass walled room with uninterrupted sea views is the perfect example. Continue reading

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Tyler Residence: Simplicity in the Suburbs

The quirky and creative team at el dorado, or as they affectingly call themselves “Eldos”, are located in the mid-western region of the United States. This architect-led, design build firm offers its clients a streamlined process for building and remodeling; they serve as both the architect and general contractor. Anyone who has been through a remodeling project (including me) knows how helpful this can be; trying to effectively communicate with multiple sub-contractors can be stressful.

The Tyler family, whose home is located in Leawood, Kansas, commissioned el dorado to create additional space while maintaining the current footprint and meeting local architectural review regulations. Continue reading

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Essendon Prefab Addition: At Home Precision

ARKit’s prefabricated wall panels made even this addition to an historic home on a small site painless. These interlocking panels with integral insulation and wood or plaster interiors are precisely crafted for high performance. Using often undervalued short lengths of timber, in this case red cedar, the sustainably sourced lumber also is inherently pest and rot resistant. In this Melbourne, Australia residence the building addition, interior and exterior, was factory built and assembled on site. Continue reading