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18 modern extensions that enhance old British homes

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We'll forgive you for thinking traditional period homes and modern extensions don't naturally go together because, before we saw these examples, we might have agreed with you.

It's surprising to see just how well an old British home can accept a contemporary addition and we take our hats off to the architects that managed to create such symbiotic arrangements. All it needed was a little garden sacrifice and a lot of design know-how to create these amazing extensions.

If you have an older property that you thought wouldn't look good with a new addition, prepare to think again!

1. A gorgeously lit extension

That really accentuates this rear façade!

2. A modern injection

For this traditional Victorian terrace.

3. Metal-framed extension

The stone blockwork of the original period house looks great with its new addition.

4. Why have one extension when you can have two?

These orangeries are perfection.

5. The best kind of surprise

Clifton Road - Period Refurbishment:  Houses by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Clifton Road—Period Refurbishment

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

Found at the back of a Victorian semi-detached home.

6. Open up your heart

Rear Extension:  Houses by DDWH Architects
DDWH Architects

Rear Extension

DDWH Architects

The way this London townhouse has been opened up is incredible.

7. Heritage cobbled house

No. 2 Escallonia:  Houses by CCD Architects
CCD Architects

No. 2 Escallonia

CCD Architects

Did you ever think a modern extension could look this good with an old home?

8. Old but not forgotten

Even old country cottages can accept a super modern extension.

9. Best of friends

Front view of the new single storey extension:   by ArchitectureLIVE

Front view of the new single storey extension


Though totally different in style, this modern extension and period home look made for each other.

10. A happy adoption

Hunsett Mill:  Houses by ACME

Hunsett Mill


This historic mill has adopted the modern black-clad extension beautifully.

11. A great connection

This late 18th century home didn't mind accepting a modern dog-leg extension.

12. Surprising success

This ultra-modern extension works remarkably well with the traditional terrace house.

13. Modern flat-roof extension

Full renovation on Trinity Road, London:  Houses by Grand Design London Ltd
Grand Design London Ltd

Full renovation on Trinity Road, London

Grand Design London Ltd

A seamless addition to a stunning end-terrace house.

14. Almost camouflaged

This Edwardian home has accepted the modern extension here so well, it's almost hard to spot!

15. Young at heart

This rustic farmhouse has eloquently welcomed a little modern extension into its heart.

16. Fantastic combination

Dick Place - garden:  Kitchen by ZONE Architects
ZONE Architects

Dick Place—garden

ZONE Architects

This period brick villa and modern glazed extension are a match made in heaven.

17. Grade A success

Extension to Grade II* listed building in Clifton:  Houses by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Extension to Grade II* listed building in Clifton

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

This Grade II listed building didn't put up too much of a fight.

18. Never would have guessed

Single Storey Extension and Loft Conversion, Lance Rd:  Houses by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Single Storey Extension and Loft Conversion, Lance Rd

London Building Renovation

Would you ever guess this extension could be found at the rear of a Victorian townhouse?

For even more extension inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 1920s semi gets a fantastic extension.

Are you thinking about an extension for your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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