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:

Dark Light House by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Dark Light House by MRTN Architects
Featured Project A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House's new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite.
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Featured Project A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Here's what you can do...
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Boya House by Maarch Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Boya House by Maarch Architecture
Featured Project A New Glass Box Protrudes to Transport this Family into the Landscape Breaking out of the old, brown-brick home, this new glass box for living is surrounded by birdlife and the sounds of insects at dusk.
Brunswick House by Chan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick House by Chan Architecture
Featured Project How to Create a Modern, Flexible and Bright Space on a Narrow Block Renovating an older, inner-city home comes with a peculiar set of challenges - how to make it seem bright and spacious when it's not.
Crisp House by Robert Nichol & Sons (via Lunchbox Architect) Crisp House by Robert Nichol & Sons
Featured Project 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.
Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects
Featured Project What to Do When You Outgrow Your House but Love Your Neighbourhood? Craving more space (and sun) and considering a move? Are you really better off uprooting your family and moving somewhere new?
Joyful House by Mihaly Slocombe (via Lunchbox Architect) Joyful House by Mihaly Slocombe
Featured Project This Joyful House Brings in Light and Opens Onto the Garden A family of five create a joyful home with a series of open, colourful and light-filled spaces for their energetic young family.
Northcote House by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture
Featured Project Some Simple Modifications Transform This Unrenovated Family Home Simple, yet intelligent changes, which reference to the home's post-war cream brick heritage create a period drama of a difference.
Bluestone Terrace Pavilion by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Bluestone Terrace Pavilion by
Featured Project A Sunny Glass Box Helps This Bluestone Cottage Connect to the Garden Owned by a landscape gardener, this 1880s bluestone cottage is now connected to the garden and full of natural light and sea breezes.
Nest House by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Nest House by Zen Architects
Featured Project A Cozy, Nest-Like Mezzanine Studio Floats Above This Living Space To unite all living spaces without creating one large space, a unique nest-like studio sits above the living area in this reno.
House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio
Featured Project A Quirky Renovation Beautifully Reinterprets this 1930s Bungalow Inspired by the whimsical flourishes of the original 1930s home this renovation reinterprets brick sunbursts and Tudor detailing.
Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects
Featured Project A Compact Home Was Made Even Smaller but the Outcome is Extraordinary This compact home was made even smaller yet better, proving the amount of space you have is less important than how you use it...
Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio
Featured Project Removing Internal Walls Gives This Home a Modern Open-Plan Vibe By removing the internal walls of this unit and incorporating plenty of built-in joinery, it feels more spacious and modern.
St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture
Featured Project With Good Design Even the Smallest of Spaces Can Live Large This compact addition proves small spaces can be highly liveable with plenty of storage, daylighting and a connection to the outdoors.
D+K House by buck&simple (via Lunchbox Architect) D+K House by buck&simple
Featured Project These Owners Take Their Love of Gardening to New Heights A deep soil green roof improves this home's environmental credentials, looks great and satisfies the owners' love of gardening.
Glass Link House by Robbie Walker (via Lunchbox Architect) Glass Link House by Robbie Walker
Featured Project New Master Bedroom Pod for a "Very, Very Deserving Mum"... After buying a "rough" knocker-downer in the 'burbs, builder/designer/snow boarder, Robbie Walker decided to renovate instead.
Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture
Featured Project Crazy About Cats? We May Have Found Your Perfect Inner-City Abode... If fur-babies, travel, colour and fun are ticking some mental boxes for you, you'll love Casa de Gatos (or 'House of Cats' in Spanish).
Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Modernist 1970s Home Addresses its Shortcomings For 21st Century Life A home rich with character is updated to improve comfort, privacy and connection to the landscape without losing its vintage feel.
Avalon Beach Apartment_G by Studio Benicio (via Lunchbox Architect) Avalon Beach Apartment_G by Studio Benicio
Featured Project 1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog By opening up to kitchen to the living area and creating a better connection to the deck, this apartment makes better use of its space.
Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect
Featured Project What Surprises Are Hiding Behind This Humble Victorian-Era Facade? 'Ethel' has a number of delightful surprises up her sleeve, proving there's more to this humble Victorian home than she lets on...
Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio
Featured Project 1970s Home Opens Up Front and Back to Connect Indoors and Outdoors A series of small additions left this home's living areas dark and detached from the garden, but Trace Studio have changed all that.
Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects
Featured Project A Translucent Studio Creates a Soft Backdrop for an Inner City Yard A garage and studio with seperate access from the laneway is a flexible and sensitive space at the rear of this inner-city terrace.
Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects
Featured Project Could You Live Overseas During the Construction of Your Home? With a good architect, much of the stress of building can be alleviated. This home was renovated while the owners were overseas!
Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox
Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects
Featured Project Footscray Apartment Renovated for More Flexibility and Light An unorthodox, but clever, renovation creates a series of light-filled flexible living spaces and creates the illusion of space.
Riverside Alterations and Additions by Lachlan Shepherd Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Riverside Alterations and Additions by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Featured Project Clever Renovation Creates New Building Over Bones of the Original Renovation uses half of the original roof structure to create a new raked roof and wraps the original fibro shack in new cladding.
Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe (via Lunchbox Architect) Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe
Featured Project Apartment Renovation Turns Out to be the Perfect Retirement Plan In this woman's retirement plan? A desire to downsize and determination to age in graceful style in a city central apartment.
Loft House by CHORDstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) Loft House by CHORDstudio
Featured Project A Building at the Back of the Garden Solves a Lot of Problems A building at the bottom of this Perth garden contains a music studio and sleeping loft while connecting to semi-outdoor living areas.
Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects
Featured Project You've Heard of Flipping Houses, But This Home Gets a Different Flip With a living area facing a busy road, a separate and congested kitchen and an under-utilised backyard, this home needed flipping...
Green West House by Source Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Green West House by Source Architects
Featured Project Dark 1980s Home in Rural Australia Gets a Modern Reboot Like all good '80s movies, this dated home has been given a modern reboot. The home was transformed within the existing footprint.
White Delight by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) White Delight by POLYstudio
Featured Project A New Verandah Enhances the Liveability of This Inner-City Home Never underestimate the power of a well-designed outdoor living area to transform your home. This clever verandah is a great example.
Monolith House by Rara Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Monolith House by Rara Architecture
Featured Project A Home Designed for Light and Family, Not 'The Market' When you need to fit a lot onto a small block, forget market expectations and look for light and functionality to suit your family.
Project M by Studio 15b (via Lunchbox Architect) Project M by Studio 15b
Featured Project A Home That's Been In the Family for Generations Gets a Lift After a series of ad-hoc alterations, this long-time family home was in need of a major overhaul - it was raised, built-in and under.
Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects
Featured Project This Addition Was Architect's Gift for His Daughter's 13th Birthday A small addition and internal reconfiguration of a '60s home designed by a renowned New Zealand architect makes it fit for a family.
Journey House by Nic Owen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Journey House by Nic Owen Architects
Featured Project A House Where the Journey is More Interesting than the Destination Old and new are connected by a black tunnel with no end immediately in sight. But there is a light-filled end to this tunnel.
Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects
Featured Project Sustainability-Minded House for an Average Family With a Lot of 'Stuff' It takes a lot of 'stuff' to run a family. Just because you're interested in sustainability doesn't mean you need to go without...
Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects
Featured Project A Series of Airy Spaces Cascade Down the Natural Slope of This Block An eco-friendly, 7 star energy rated addition to an inner-city terrace feels bright, breezy and, importantly, comfortable year-round.
South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Featured Project Light 'Funnels' Fix East-West Orientation at This Fremantle Renovation Orientation is the best way to make your home feel light and bright. So what can you do when your home faces the wrong way?
Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems (via Lunchbox Architect) Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems
Featured Project New Solar Extension Designed to Power the Whole House A rear extension takes advantage of a North-facing backyard to connect to the garden and generate electricity for the whole house.
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Featured Project An Elegant Black Timber Extension Compliments a 19th Century Home An elegant and restrained timber addition provides the perfect modern living space for a family of five (plus two energetic dogs).
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay (via Lunchbox Architect) Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay
Featured Project A Bold, Curvaceous Joinery Unit Completely Transforms this Apartment Both architecture and furniture, the joinery unit designed to fit in the middle of this studio apartment allows for numerous functions.
Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture
Featured Project This Home Takes the Need to Connect to Green Space Very Seriously You can tell something's different about this heritage home from the moment you see the lime green door and pastel green walls...
Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Featured Project From Painting Storage for a Gallery to a City Centre Family Home Renovating an apartment is a challenge because you're confined to the existing envelope. What if it's also a heritage building?
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Escu House by Bijl Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Escu House by Bijl Architecture
Featured Project This Home Shines By Extending the Living Area Into the Verandah Meaning 'shield' in Old French, Escu House creates an expanded North facing living area protected by floor to ceiling timber screen.