Out-There Extensions: 16 Times Homeowners Embraced Bold Ideas

a bold side extension with curves and colour
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There are largely two ways to think about adding an extension to your home. First up, you could opt for a sympathetic addition — looking to match the existing architecture and materials, as though the extension had always been there. 

The problem with this approach is that it can come off inauthentic — an architectural pastiche that doesn’t contribute anything new to your home’s design. The second path, then, is to create contrast between the old part of the house and the new extension. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.