Here at homify, we believe that you should look to the space you do have, rather than spending the time you most probably don't have, searching on the market for the home of your dreams. Why? Because more often than not, a wonderful result is waiting for you on your own doorstep—and we mean this in a literal sense. Our first homes may not reflect the growing needs of our family and changing life circumstances, but instead of hastily putting your treasured house up for sale, why not consider what can be improved before conceding defeat? Perhaps it's more entertaining space, or an additional bedroom that you need? Or maybe you are living in an older home that requires a little (or a lot!) of care and attention. Whatever the scenario, start thinking inside the box—the solutions that both you and your designer come up with will amaze you.
For some, the option to extend seems a far scarier prospect than to pack up and start from fresh. Battling with planning permission and the local government can be a drag, but it is a process that in the end, becomes something worth waiting for. Therefore, today we are going to look at some stellar examples of residential extensions, all in the UK. From barns to townhouses, there is plenty of inspiration here for you to consider! Take a look…
George Buchanan Architects were commissioned to undertake the design and extension of this Victorian style villa. Completed in seven months, the brief was to transform the existing space into a contemporary home that facilitated modern family life. The new extension houses a large open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as converting the existing garage into a private home gym and study. As you can see by this image, exquisite natural materials were used to create the exterior façade, which was largely made up from reclaimed sandstone from the demolition of the previous extension. On top of this, the architects chose zinc cladding and high performance glazing to boost the energy rating of the home, keeping it at a pleasant and liveable temperature all year round.
In the above image, the internal sandstone wall not only looks incredible, but it also acts as a wonderful thermal mass for maintaining the inside temperatures. The high level windows to the rear provide privacy for the occupants, as well ensure plenty of natural light can penetrate the space. The interior décor is fresh and vibrant, almost with a little retro hint. The low slung silver light fittings, in conjunction with that sleek round table and accompanying curved purple sofas, makes this area a dream for relaxing and entertaining.
It may not be at the forefront of our minds, but there are often times when, by simply replacing the glazing, we can update and completely transform our homes. This renovation was completed by IQ Glass UK, and shows how incredible a modern glass façade can look on a traditional brick home. The reflective glass helps this contemporary addition to blend seamlessly into its environment, with the simple black frame ever so gently exerting its presence. In our humble opinion however, you must view the next image to see the impact this newly implemented glass structure has on the interior—there is a little surprise in store!
What appears to be just glazed walls, actually reveals the implementation of a breathtaking glass roof structure. With delicate supporting beams, the translucency and airiness of this space is second to none. Of course, sustainability was of utmost importance given the amount of glass panels used. Therefore, super insulating units were installed with a U-value of 0.6 to ensure that no heat would escape during the winter, or vice versa in summer. This is a truly magical and ethereal space that will be the envy of your friends and family.
ArchitectureLIVE have fused red brick, wood and glass together to create an outstanding exterior envelope. This home battled with many problems mentioned in the introduction, which you also may have faced in your day-to-day life, such as small rooms, lack of living space and poorly connected spaces to both internal and external points. The new design added an open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as gallery and study zone. Again, thermal benefits were added to this home, by the newly included timber cladding and by replacing the existing concrete tile hanging. A new south facing terrace was added too, as well as an east-facing kitchen garden.
The main conversion was completed by transforming the existing dining room into a kitchen, which can be viewed here. A new master bedroom was added, too. The fresh white interior creates a striking contrast to the exterior view, which is sultry and dark. The flow of light provided by the new openings helps to transport natural light through the space, as well as giving the adjoined rooms a sense of openness.
In our final extension example, this contrasting wooden and stone home was completed by Fiddes Architects. In this instance, restoration and an extension were completed to an old Scottish farmhouse. As you can see, the architects have not tried to hide where the new and old constructions start and finish, rather, they have opted to showcase the new extension in a contemporary and modern light. Instead of trying to mimic the past; it has been embraced by adding a bold wooden and glass structure to the rear and front. We love seeing old and new worlds in such a sharp contrast, it just goes to show that it is possible to combine different eras and materials to an incredible effect.
Inside, we see a light filled and inviting space, made welcoming by the choice of furnishings and simple wood stove. This is the perfect space to enjoy a cup of tea, either alone or in company. The doors, which open out fully onto the rear outdoor area, create a great spot for entertaining, with the ability to utilise both internal and external spaces. This not only brings the outdoors in, but allows the occupants to celebrate the scenery in a various range of seasons and climatic conditions.
If you are interested in seeing more renovation and refurbishment projects, check out the following ideabooks:
- Before & after: Garage transformed into modern apartment
- Before & after: Basement apartment conversion in West London