Every city has its own set of beautiful homes and structures with interesting architecture and some tend to stand out in the crowd. For instance, we can’t help but feel charmed by all the lovely London houses and in particular by the remodels that give them eye-catching extensions. Whether they contrast with the original structure or they blend in, we find them all interesting and worthy of our admiration. But let’s have a closer look at these old houses and hopefully understand what makes them so charming.
This house is pretty unusual in the sense that it occupies the basement and ground floor of a Victorian house and that actually makes it a sort of apartment organized on two floors. When the owners decided it was time to make a few changes, they hired Scenario Architecture to take care of everything. Their biggest desire was to have more natural light and the wooden extension that was later built offers them that. The owners and the architects agreed that this project has to involve as few changes to the existing building as possible in order to preserve its original character. As a result, the original brick facade was kept as it was but the conservatory that blocked the light was demolished and replaced with this extension.
Not all extensions are so subtle and in sync with the original structure. Take this one for example. It’s basically a transparent glass box, not at all similar to the existing house to which it was added. This was a project done by bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture. The owners wanted an extension for their thatched cottage which was Grade II listed and they had to work with the local planning department and the architect to come up with a design that doesn’t alter the original structure of the cottage. Glass turned out to be the perfect material for the project.
This extension is quite special. It doesn’t only complete an existing building but it actually links two structures, a Victorian workshop and an old shop. These two were combined by Threefold Architects to create a home and gallery space for their client, an art curator. The two previously separate buildings were emptied out and redesigned, their interiors being reorganized to create a series of large, multipurpose areas. The extension completes the new look.
Before it became the bright home that it is now, this was a teaching space used by the Goldsmiths university. Architect Henri Bredenkamp of Studio 30 Architects is the one that transformed the building and turned it into a beautiful family home. The 19th century Victorian building became the architect’s new home but not before it got a new extension. The goal was to bring more natural light in and to also make a better use of the basement. The extension was added to the rear and it houses the kitchen, lounge and dining areas, all connected to the garden.
Sometimes a house extension might be small and only meant to complete an already spacious floor plan while other times it may be big enough to add new areas to the house. This one was designed by Blee Halligan Architects for a house in north London and it measures 100 square meters. Its role is that of an open space kitchen and dining area which comes as an addition to a large family room inside the existing Victorian house. In addition to this, the house also got a roof extension which now contains a home office facing the garden.
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