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Dealing with heritage issues in the design of a new home or renovation can be challenging, but equally the results can be inspiring. The best heritage projects don't simply copy the styles of yesteryear (this isn't a period drama), they take inspiration from the original home to create something modern yet sympathetic and complimentary to the heritage home.

Check out some of the Heritage projects featured on Lunchbox Architect

A Clever Addition Turns a Potentially Problematic Site Into Gold

Others overlooked this heritage-listed home because of its exposure on three sides, but a playful addition turns it into an asset.

Tiny Heritage Cottage Transformed into Surprisingly Spacious Home

Once home to the local milkman, this quaint cottage has been transformed into a light and bright home with a surprising sense of space.

Light and Bright Addition Turns This Tiny Terrace Into Spacious Home

At 52 square metres, this two-storey terrace was about the same size as a two-bedroom apartment, now there's space to entertain guests.

This New Addition Creates a Sunny Courtyard Shared by Old and New

Originally a parsonage for the neighbouring church, this historic home has been transformed with a contemporary addition.

A Timeless New Addition is Quietly Hidden Behind the Original Home

This new addition is unquestionably modern, but it has an enduring, timeless quality which makes old and new perfect companions.

Rather Than Removing an Existing Addition, They Reimagined It Instead

By reimagining the way this existing addition functioned they were able to transform this home, adding only 15 square metres in total.

You'd Never Guess What's Behind This Facade (But That's the Point)

Ultimately council agreed to let them make some changes behind this heritage facade, convinced no one on the street would be the wiser.

The Challenges (and Rewards) of Renovating a Heritage House

Renovating a heritage house the right way means you can enjoy the benefits of a modern home while respecting the house's history.

Laser Cut Screen Shields Addition and References Heritage Building

The lace-like screen protecting the rear of this home is a way to tie old and new together while also dealing with practicalities.

Abandoned for Years, This Elegant Villa Is Now a Sustainable Home

This house had become a squat and burnt down during the design stage, but Dean and Lisa transformed it into a modern, sustainable home.

Heritage Homes Are Romantic, but They're a Challenge to Renovate

An architect wrestles with the romance of renovating a historic home and the challenge of meeting planning and regulatory requirements.

Turning Two Art Deco Duplex Apartments Into One Modern Family Home

'When Two Become One'. Not just a Spice Girls hit, also the story of transforming two duplex apartments into one cohesive family home.

New Life for a Victorian-Era House Fit for Multi-Generational Living

Reimagining a heritage home to fulfil the modern needs of three generations of the one family, highlighting its layered history.

Barn Conversion Does "As Much As Necessary, As Little As Possible"

This incredible barn conversion retains much of the original stone and timber work highlighted against new insertions where necessary.

Is Some Private Adult Space and More Storage on Your List of Wants?

Finding a way to create a private retreat space for the parents of a growing family plus extra storage area in a heritage home...

Converted Warehouse in Fitzroy Creates a Home for an Extended Family

This converted warehouse in Fitzroy involved refitting of a beautiful old warehouse to become a flexible home for an extended family.

Inventive Addition to Heritage Cottage Challenges Our Idea of a Roof

The unusual roof of the small but effective addition is the real winner - providing plenty of light to the small, overshadowed site.

A Fun, Kid-Friendly Home for a Family with Four Children Under Four

A sculptural timber pod conceals the bathroom and laundry, allowing the living area to flow seamlessly into the garden on two sides.

Historic Sandstone Cottage Shows Off Refined Contemporary Addition

This understated addition to an historic sandstone cottage is designed to age and weather gracefully to fit into its surrounds.

Building a New Home in a Heritage Area is Sure to Be a Challenge...

Despite strict heritage controls and a tight site, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects manage to deliver this charming and bright home.

A Tumble of Rooms in a 1980s Extension Becomes a Bright Living Area

A disorganised and poorly oriented extension to the rear of heritage listed home is reconfigured into a beautiful open-plan space.

Rejuvenating a Sydney Sandstone While Respecting its Heritage Value

One of Balmain's earliest homes, a humble sandstone cottage, is renovated to reveal its inherent beauty - revealing layers of history.

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