Renovations

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Renovations and additions to existing houses are the most common architecturally designed homes. The challenge with renovations is to incorporate the style and layout of the existing building with the modern needs of the family. When down well, renovations combine the charm of traditional buildings with the conveniences of modern living.

Here are just a few incredible architecturally designed renovations:

Stunning Art Deco home renovation blends classic with modern

This Art Deco home renovation references the original to create a home that is full of character and perfect for modern living.

The one where a heavily pregnant architect undertakes her dream reno

Architect attempts to design her own renovation of a 1950s stunner while heavily pregnant. What could possibly go wrong?

Transforming a Fixer-Upper into a Dream Passive House Renovation

Discover how a dilapidated property was reborn as a stunning, sustainable Passive House, blending modern needs with classic charm.

The Tesla Model Y of houses: a mid-sized, luxury, all electric home

This old home needed rebuilding from the stumps up, but the result is an energy-efficient, all-electric family home.

Transforming a '90s red brick project home into something special

Who would have thought a modest red brick project home could be hiding so much potential. The transformation is stunning...

A multigenerational 'share house' for mother and adult daughter

Transformation of a century-old cottage into a share house for mother and adult daughter with space for bonding and personal retreats.

Reviving Charm: Inside this clever Darlington terrace renovation

Not a square metre goes to waste in this tight Darlington terrace renovation to create a modern, multifunctional home.

Transforming a 1950s home into a modern marvel in Melbourne

Discover how a dated 1950s brick house was masterfully renovated into a stunning, light-filled contemporary home in Melbourne.

A renovation and extension of a heritage house reorients the home...

This beautiful double-fronted home in a heritage precinct of Hawthorn East is renovated and extended for 21st century living...

Living the high life in Surfers Paradise

This beachside apartment had the makings of a beautiful home. It just needed some assistance…

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Updating a Modernist Home Without Losing Its Character

Damp-ridden, cold and leaking, this 1960s home needed a revamp. Luckily, a sensitive approach retains the home's unique character.

Modern Addition Creates a New Heart for This Weatherboard Cottage

By removing poorly constructed add-ons and creating an open-plan living area as the new heart, this quaint cottage is transformed...

When a Series of Renovations Leave a House Feeling Confused...

A house can become dysfunctional as poorly planned renovations alter the layout and strip away original details. But it can be fixed!

Addition to a Home in a Flood Zone Is the Perfect Refuge

An addition sitting high and dry (literally) above the flood level, creates a refuge from the main family home and potential floods.

Extending the Original Roofline Creates Stunning Cathedral Ceilings

Wanting a place to entertain friends and family, this new addition creates a grand living area overlooking the garden

Ply and Steel Joinery Items Turn This Heritage Warehouse into a Home

This heritage warehouse has been sensitively transformed into a home with the careful insertion of joinery units to divide the space.

A Series of New Spaces Unfurl From Single-fronted Victorian Cottage

Far from the classic box-like addition, a series of unique spaces unfurl from the rear of the cottage, opening up to light and garden.

Terrace Transformed Without Extending the Footprint of the Home

A series of expert moves brings in more light, improves livability and connects this terrace to its courtyard all without extending.

Clever Design Brings Light Into the Heart of this Bungalow

Bungalows are charming homes, but they tend to be dark. This addition finds a way to bring light into the depths of this bungalow.

A Modern Take on the Verandah Creates a Connection to the Garden

The front verandah of this Californian Bungalow is reinterpreted at the rear of the home to create a shady outdoor living space.

1970s-era Red Brick Home Completely Transformed by Modern Renovation

Not that you'd know it now, but this sleek, modern-Japanese-inspired home was once a tired '70s brick pad and what a transformation!

Charred Timber Creates a New BAL-12.5 Wing for This Country Home

To create space for the kids as they grow, this new bedroom wing sits beautifully in the landscape and meets BAL requirements.

A Quirky Fireplace Becomes the Focal Point of This Modern Renovation

The owners would have ripped this out-of-place fireplace out if they'd had their way, but it's become the centrepiece of this reno...

Little Maggie: The Perfect Sunny Addition to this Weatherboard Cottage

Creating a light-filled addition where the garden and outdoor spaces feel like an extension of the living areas for year-round use.

Is a Light-filled House With a South-facing Backyard Possible?

Creative ways to bring more light into the home, even when the backyard doesn't get much sun, makes this home light-filled and airy.

1970s Home Transformed by a Charred Timber Addition

The charred timber addition float in front of the home, complementing the original cream brick and transforming the street appeal.

A Forever Home Designed to Showcase Art and Furniture Collection

This Carlton terrace renovation updates ageing interiors to create the perfect home for a collector of colourful art and furniture.

Sometimes Your Home Might Already Have Enough Space...

The amount of space you have is one thing, but its functionality, light and flow is a whole other thing.

New England-style Home Needed an Addition to Complement Not Copy

An addition to this period home sits comfortably alongside the original, oriented to catch the light and open up the backyard.

Architect Creates a Spacious Light-filled Home Against the Odds

Despite a seemingly impossible set of constraints, this terrace has been transformed into a light-filled and sustainable family home.

Government-built Home Lovingly Transformed Into a Mid-century Gem

The renovation of this post-war house leans on mid-century details and views of the native landscape to create a special home.

The Most Important Part of This House Is the Space That Is Not Built

A generous north-facing courtyard becomes the best part of this house, bringing light, breezes and the outdoors into every space.

Historic Chimney Stacks Inspires Incredible Double-height Space...

Chimneys of the old brickworks immediately caught the architect's attention and she knew this renovation needed to capture that view!

Bachelor Pad Reno Finds Unique Way to Create a Better Home for Owner

Transforming a 1960s apricot-brick unit into the perfect bachelor pad meant rethinking the space and adapting what was already there...

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Five reno ‘must haves’ this winter

Before the temperature really drops, now is a great time to start to transform your home with these reno ‘must-haves’ for winter entertaining.

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Queenslander Renovation Creates a Home to Enjoy for Years to Come

Rather than relocate, this family decided on a Queenslander renovation to create the home of their dreams in the street they love.

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.

Inner-city Maisonette Transformed Thanks to New Living Space

A new 60 square metre addition creates a bright and modern living space for this inner-city home.

Step Down Into This New Airy Pavilion Which Spills Into the Backyard

Perfect for entertaining, this new living pavilion at the back of a 1910s home is light, airy and open to the backyard.

Addition Expands This Home in Search of Light and Access to the Yard

An addition which doesn't overshadow the original heritage house, but improves the home's spaciousness, access to light and the yard.

Love Art Deco? Here's a Take on It That's Perfect for Modern Living

If you love the curved lines and detailing of the Art Deco period, but crave open spaces and natural light, this home is for you...

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.

'Box in the Back' Creates an Elegant and Cost-effective Home Addition

A simple, rectangular, double-storey addition was a cost-effective way to gain the space this family needed. Plus some indulgences...

Like a Jewellery Box, This Home Is Perfect for Your Precious Family

This home, inspired by a jewellery box, is perfect for your most treasured people and possessions: beautiful, safe and ordered.

An Incredible Addition Tucked Behind a Heritage Protected Cottage

From the street, all you can see is a sliver of the stunning new addition, designed to protect the heritage value of the original home.

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.

Space-efficient Apartment Renovation Finds Room for a Home Office

Rearranging this apartment opens it up to the views, builds in lots of storage space and finds room for a home office space to boot!

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Four tips for choosing a builder for your home renovation

Your builder is the most crucial component of any home renovation project. Here's how to choose a builder for your renovation...

Dark '90s Apartment Is Now a Bright Home Full of Coastal Style

The owners of this whole floor apartment in Manly loved the location, but not the dark unfriendly spaces. Luckily, there was a solution!

Voids, Volume and Views. This Warehouse-inspired Home Has It All…

Transforming a 1980s house into a warehouse loft-inspired home involved removing the roof but the results are more than worth it!

Home for Two Publishers and Family Makes a Hero Out of the Bookshelf

Every good architectural story needs a hero. In this renovation, it's a striking bookshelf which screens a work-from-home space...

South Facing Backyard? You Can Still Enjoy Passive Solar Design...

This addition to a post-war brick home has a trick up its sleeve to guarantee access to sunlight despite the backyard facing south.

Addition on a Narrow Four Metre-wide Site Defies Its Constraints

Defying its narrow site, challenging east-west orientation and heritage restrictions, this skinny home manages to feel spacious.

Transforming a Californian Bungalow Into the Perfect Family Home

A west-facing backyard and poorly-designed additions left this family with dark mornings and overheated afternoons, but no longer...

Renovating a House That Has Been in the Family for Almost 70 Years…

Imagine having a classic modernist house in the family for three generations? How would you sensitively renovate it?

A Staged Reno Over 10 Years Helps This Home Change With Its Family

Staging the renovation of this home into two phases made budgetary sense and allows the home to adapt to the family's changing needs.

Compact Apartment Feels Luxurious with Hollywood-esque Dressing Room

Clever planning allows this small apartment to feel grand and glamourous. Wait until you see how the dressing room transforms...

Original Home Inspires a Respectful But Radically Different Addition

The roof and layout of the original home serve as the inspiration for a new addition, but a modern twist creates perfect family home.

Location, Location, Location. And, Now, the Other Three Ls...

This 1980s-era home already had a stellar location. Thanks to an internal reno, it has everything else you'd want in a home, too...

Traces of the Original Are Left to Tell the Story of Paddington Reno

The substantial renovation of this terrace transforms the home, but reminders of the past are woven in to create a rich tapestry.

Feng Shui Helps This Reno Achieve Harmony and Happiness

In many ways, Feng Shui aligns with the principles of good design. Here, Feng Shui achieves a light, harmonious and delightful home.

The Secret to Ensuring Light and Breezes for this Long Narrow Home...

Three distinct pavilions create the breathing room needed for maximum light and breezes on this narrow inner-city block.

A Timber-rich Addition Creates a Warm, Character-filled Home

A beautiful new living space wrapping around a courtyard deck plus main bedroom suite creates the perfect home for a family of six.

Multi-generational Family Pool Their Resources to Create Perfect Home

Pooling for a pool: would you join forces with your parents to create the ultimate inner-city pad complete with a rooftop pool?

Why Move When Renovating Means You Can Achieve Everything You Want?

The only way was up at this home, but renovating meant this family were able to achieve everything they wanted without having to move.

This Home Addition Was More Like Solving a Complex 3D Puzzle

With the option of renovating or selling, this family chose to renovate to stay in the area they, but that was easier said than done!

It's Hard to Believe This Home is Tucked in Sydney's Inner-west.

With its lush, wild setting, this home could be worlds away from the city and that's exactly what the owners wanted to achieve.

New Layout of this Inter-war Home Makes it Perfect for Modern Living

By rethinking the layout of this home, a more efficient plan that's perfect for modern living was found within the existing footprint.

Queenslander Renovation Transforms One-bedroom into Family Home

Stunning Queenslander renovation retains the character of the original home while creating a modern addition for a growing family.

Amazing What an Average Post-war Brick House Can Become...

This post-war brick house has been transformed into a stylish modern home with a thoughtful addition and creative reworking.

Inspired by the Original Home a New Pergola Improves Outdoor Living

This new pergola uses the original home's roofline as inspiration to provide additional shade without blocking light and views.

Far From Your Average Shed, This is an Über Shed...

An avid collector needed a place to display and enjoy his assortment of quirky objects. Enter Über Shed 2, a shed/rumpus room/gallery.

A Revamp Turns Tired '90s Townhouse Into Bright and Welcoming Home

It's hard to believe 1994 was nearly 30 years ago, but this home was sure showing its age. No more thanks to a fun and bright revamp.

A Series of Courtyards Turn This Dark Victorian Into a Lush Oasis

Internal courtyards are the answer to finding natural daylight and preventing overlooking issues in this inner-city renovation.

Get the Ensuite and Kitchen You've Always Wanted Without Extending

A more efficient floor plan could unlock the space for an ensuite, open-plan kitchen and plenty of storage without extending...

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.

Tired Apartment is Updated to Better Suit Queensland Living

Despite facing north-east, this apartment felt small and dark not at all appropriate for the capital of the sunshine state!

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