Enjoy this gallery of gorgeous dream home additions, including some of the most outstanding architectural extensions, historical renovations, and remodel projects. Take look at the dramatic contrasts and how these additions bring the interior into the exterior in the most creative, energy-efficient, and beautiful ways.

Our first 10 Dream Home additions are entire house renovations, like this transformed Victorian with modern additions. The last 5 are a delectable selection of gorgeous luxurious add-ons.

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1. Hillside Modern

This Westlake historic Fred Day home was renovated and added on to with the original design in mind, and an awareness of the hillside view. Talented architect Michael Hsu added a deck, glass metal features, and concrete.

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This addition in “a shotgun form” hosts bedrooms, a workout room, a den, a garage, and an herb garden! Not to mention a gourmet kitchen and energy efficiency additions.

2. Victorian Reimagined

This amazing high design dream home addition and expansion in southwest London includes the remodeling and extension of the basement, ground, and first floor.

“The Client asked us to transform the existing building into a series of spaces that had a strong reference to Eastern Design influences whilst manipulating daylight.”

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 3. Transformation Treehouse

This 2013 to 2014 rooftop addition provides a view of the forest and grasslands for this Netherlands vacation home (built in 195os). The extension includes two bedrooms and a washroom at the landing, as well as built-in beds and storage.

This home is framed by the canopy of trees. Imagine waking to this beautiful world in the morning or watching the sun set. The architects also added a new off-grid solar system and hung stairs to provide access to the extension. This wood extension is blissful and so beautiful–birds in the trees and rain on the window pane all in plain sight.

4. Barn Addition

Whiting Architects used reclaimed materials to add to this existing house, the front of which looks fairly traditional, while the reclaimed brick, cladding, and roofing is linear and allows lots of light inside.

the simple, barn-like home presents a traditional face to the surrounding neighborhood. Its exterior features reclaimed brick and zero-maintenance cladding and roofing, while the interior has clean lines and an abundance of natural light.

5. Garden Views

The most successful home additions seem to have this in common–a transparent view of the garden. This Noji home won the “Best House Extension” Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) award in 2014.

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I love the way the texture of the grass, gravel, and glass blend together to create a rich, deep texture and a layered way of living.

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6. Grand Porch

Can’t you just imagine spending hours on this gorgeous rustic style porch? Architects Ferguson and Shamamian combined traditional architecture with the reclaimed-style materials.


7. Historic Renovation

This tiny Cape needed an expansive addition, however this was an 18th century historic home. The architect, Nancy Fishelson, faced a dilemma–how to make more space while maintaining the unique character of this vintage beauty? Nancy Fishelson specializes in architectural design and renovation of period homes.


To open up the space she took out upper drywall to show the beams and expand the ceiling height, as well removing interior walls. One thousand square feet were added by using the barn for the master suite and one big room with carriage doors allowing for a transparency.

All these additions were complemented by muted palettes and white paint. She also extended the kitchen and yet, the exterior retains its historical appearance.

8. Amazing Cabana

This amazing 1894 Victorian was in poor condition and was completely renovated inside. While the porch and façade were preserved, the house was moved to make room for the additions, which include the spectacular cabana, a pool, and a luxurious garden.

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This is an estate you would never want to leave. There are so many glorious niches, hide-a-ways, and party spots.

9. Guest House Addition

This is another antique home that was in need of upgrades, renovations, and expansions. The Kuhn Riddle Architectural team added a large front porch and an expanded dining and kitchen area. And, to top it all off, the garage was transformed into a beautiful guesthouse.

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This lovely dream home is the Winner of the 2013 Chatham Preservation Award.

10. Another Story

A 1940s two-unit ranch building on a hill is crowned with a gorgeous glass pane top unit addition that allows for stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.

11. Deck Addition

This ultra modern beauty has the indoor/outdoor theme perfected. Seamless contemporary design takes it cue from holistic living.


 12. Swimming Pools

So even if you have a small space, you can still have your own luxe pool. We love stone decks, wood surrounds, and tiny wading pools.

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Imagine coming home to a quiet moment in one of these dream home additions.

13. Conservatories

This glass conservatory is small and made of recycled glass windows and doors. Designed by the architect Randolph Scott Keller and constructed by Jennie Hammill, this is creativity at work!

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14. Timber and Wood Ceilings

Wood adds warmth, depth, and character to a home. Wood is also a wonderful material for cathedral ceiling expansions, and to add historic integrity and flow.

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Sculptural, flat, traditional, or contemporary wood beams rule!

15. Modern Clerestory Windows

Privacy, modern flair, and light even in winter, clerestory windows are a wonderful addition. These windows are great for watching the weather, and beautiful patterns of light refract in a lovely manner.

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Images courtesy of VanillawoodArchitectural DigestMichael HsuFraher Architects Ltd and Jack Hobhouse, PhotographerBloot Architecture and Jeroen Musch, PhotographerArchDailyNoji, IrelandFerguson & Shamamian Architects, LLPNancy FishelsonCottage GardensKen Linsteadt ArchitectureKeller + Keller, Kuhn Riddle ArchitectsTGH ArchitectsRob Kennon ArchitectsVisi Magazine, Marie claire Maison,  Anna GillarRandolph Scott Keller, Jennie Hammill & ShedworkingElle Decor, Vivons Maison, The KitchnFeatherstone Young ArchitectsCorvelynDesire to Inspire, and Martin Gomez Architecture.


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