For those looking to improve, and not move, extending your property as part of an internal (and often external) remodel can offer the additional space you need and create a more attractive home.
When it comes to building an extension, a contemporary addition to the rear or side of your home is a popular choice. These examples are sure to offer plenty of design ideas and inspiration to get you started.
1. A Futuristic Design
Arts & Crafts meets futuristic fantasy with this modern addition and its wing-like roof from Stan Bolt Architect.
2. A Glass Box Extension
Frameless glazing sits alongside period brickwork in this stunning project designed by Hampshire-based practice AR Design Studio.
3. A Victorian Home Extended
Two modern ground floor box-out extensions, designed by architect and homeowner Nils Feldmann, have increased the living space in this Victorian home, and contrast against the existing brickwork.
4. A 1930s Home Extended
A modest rear extension to this 1930s semi-detached home offers the extra space the growing family needed, while keeping within a tight budget.
5. A Cantilevered Addition
A dynamic new cantilevered extension connects with this original stone barn, forming an angular and quirky stepped layout inside and providing a spectacular master bedroom space.
6. A Flat Roof Extension
A flat roof rear extension designed by AR Design Studio houses a large kitchen diner and opens up the ground floor of this Hampshire home. A second two-storey side extension, clad in the same London stock brick as the existing property, houses a utility at ground level and a new master suite above.
7. A Series of Contemporary Bolt-Ons
A collection of contemporary extensions designed by Paper Igloo, clad in timber and Cor-ten steel and connected by glazed links, has been added to an old farmhouse.
8. A Bungalow Transformed
A far cry from the existing dated red-brick bungalow, the homeowners here added a single-storey extension and internal and external remodel to create a California-style home.
9. A True Wrap-Around Concept
Thanks to the vision of Ellis Williams Architects, a convex two-storey extension with glass façade wraps around this listed water tower.
10. A Box-Out Addition
From bungalow to brilliant — this timber frame first floor addition with contrasting cladding boasts wow-factor.
11. A Timber Triumph
Designed by Beam Cottage Architect, a new glazed link offers a transition between this period cottage and its modern rear, complete with a dramatic timber first floor box.
12. From Chalet Bungalow to Chalet Style
A dramatic first floor extension, complete with covered balcony has turned this bungalow into a chalet-style home that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury ski resort.
13. A Basement Extension
A stylish basement extension designed by Riach Architects offers open plan family space to a Victorian terrace in Oxford.
14. A Steel-Clad Extension
This double-height Cor-ten steel-clad wedge by Andrew McAvoy of Retool Architecture offers striking contrast to a granite steading.
15. A New Bedroom Corridor
A post-war property has been expanded thanks to a unique timber-clad corridor of bedrooms designed by Dan Brill Architects.
16. A Two-Storey Addition
A boring bungalow becomes a Modernist masterpiece thanks to a two storey additio by Matt Maisuria Architects.
17. A Farmhouse Extended
A larch and stainless steel wing by Room Architects offers a dynamic contrast to this period farmhouse — and proof of just how these older agricultural buildings can be transformed.
18. A Glass Basement Addition
This glazed box designed by Belsize Architects proves that extensions do not have to be huge to make a visual impact.
19. A Glazed Side Extension
Shards of glass lend to the futuristic feel of this flat-roof addition to a Victorian home, designed by Coffey Architects.
20. A Timber Box Extension
A new timber frame box linked via glazed panels from PAD Studio renders this 1970s home unrecognisable.
21. A Multi-Storey Tower
Adding interest, this multistorey timber tower rear designed by 51% Studios sits above a new light-filled base, offering increased accommodation.
22. A Jagged Addition
A series of jagged boxes set off from one another – one grey rendered, one timber clad – offers a splash of modern style, designed by AR Design Studio.
23. A Glass Link
This functional, frameless glazed link by Emrys Architects connects three buildings to form one home.
Daisy was Features Editor on Homebuilding & Renovating for more than five years and had a passion for all things design. She has since moved on to pastures new.
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