Whether it’s an extra room or an entirely new wing to accommodate a growing family, house extensions offer a great way to expand a living space. On this page, you can browse through a wide range of projects that focus only on the new volumes added to an existing home or family retreat. Featuring various designs, shapes, and sizes, these extensions are also highly varied in the programs they house. Most of them contain lounge areas or a larger dining space, but others are art or music studios, guest rooms, or home offices.
House extensions can also add a contemporary accent to more traditional dwellings. For example, a black timber volume that enhances the space of a rustic house in the countryside. Or a glazed element that complements an exposed brick house in an urban setting. Some architects create structures that take inspiration from the history of the site while others intentionally create a bold interaction between past and present. Either way, these extensions become part of rural living spaces and urban homes, marking a new chapter in the life of a family and of the architectural design – in equal measure.
When it comes to house extensions, architecture studios use materials that match, complement, or contrast the existing dwelling. In the first and second categories, you may discover projects that use similar or even the same materials, but in creative ways. For example, a wood-clad volume with a different pattern and fenestration or a light brick structure that gives a nod to a Victorian red brick terraced house in London. Regardless of design, these projects aim to improve the quality of life of the residents and to also connect living spaces to nature – whether it’s a garden in a city or agricultural fields in a village.