Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces

Home Extensions are an inventive and flexible way to expand a home, and with many cities’ prevailing period housing stock, they are also many an architect’s bread and butter. They can be striking, or humble, large, or bijou, but always aim to improve their inhabitant’s living space. These seductive recent projects show fresh ways of extending a traditional home, bringing new life and light into a house through a new kitchen and living area. Explore with us some of the genre’s finest Home Extensions in London and beyond. 

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Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
The Extruded House by MCK Architecture. Photography: Willem Rethmeier

Home extensions create contemporary living spaces

The Extruded House by MCK Architecture – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: Willem Rethmeier

The humble front façade of the Federation-era-style suburban house in Australia conceals a dramatic rear extension by MCK Architecture. One end is entirely glazed, the other clad in wood, with access to the original house, while floors and walls are left as bare concrete. A sleek kitchen occupies one wall, with an outdoor barbeque appearing as a continuation of the cabinetry. 

Curve Appeal by Nimtim Architects – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: Megan Taylor

Nimtim Architects has transformed a 1920s semi-detached house with what the architects call a ‘single joinery element’. The new kitchen is a collection of plywood vaults, alcoves, and cupboards that creates a unique new element within the house without the need for massive structural invention.

West Square by Nick Leith-Smith  – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography:Juliet Murphy

For the extension of a listed Georgian house in south London, architect Nick Leith-Smith has chosen to accentuate rich materials and strong colours. The client, photographer Marcus Lyon, wanted the classic London extension, expanding the lower ground floor into the garden and using glass to make a connection between inside and outside.

A House for Sunday Lunch by Forgeworks – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: French & Tye

This north London project explores the open-ended aesthetic of the modern kitchen extension, transforming the rear of a Victorian terrace into a series of tectonic spaces that mix materials and forms.

Framework House by Amos Goldreich Architecture – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: Ollie Hammick

As the name suggests, the Framework House makes the most of the structure required to expand a house out into the garden. Combining white stock brick with an exposed, light-colored pine frame, the asymmetric project weaves storage into the structure, maximizing the amount of available space.

Lankaster Gardens by Lumin Architects – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: Anna Stathaki

A modest proposal to increase the living space of this 1940s house in East Finchley, London, has resulted in a serene space beneath a new pitched roof extension. Lumin Architects has used a muted color palette, with a kitchen finished in greys, navy, and natural wood, complementing the cement floor. Large Crittall doors inside and out bring light into the original part of the house and connect the house to the garden. 

Wraparound House by SAW and White Space – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: Paul Dyer

A Spanish Revival home in San Francisco has been given a 21st-century makeover, courtesy of architects Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW). Wraparound House, the commission for a family of five, involved updating an existing home, adding space to accommodate group activities and entertainment, and also stabilizing and tackling the land below, which was contaminated and in need of remediation. 

Franklin Road House by Jack McKinney Architects and Katie Lockhart Studio – Home Extensions

Amazing Additions: Home Extensions For Expanded Living Spaces
Photography: David Straight

An Edwardian house in the Ponsonby neighborhood of Auckland, New Zealand, has been given a 21st-century facelift with a thorough redesign and a touch of minimalism – through an extension’s monolithic architecture. 

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