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:
Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design Featured Project
This Compact Apartment is Like a Transformer to Maximise Space
A tired 1970s apartment undergoes a massive transformation without relocating structure or services.
House Burch by Those Architects Featured Project
A Breezy Beach House Designed for Byron Bay's Sub-tropical Climate
Sub-tropical climates require a special approach to design to ensure they are comfortable in the sticky summers and the cool winters.
Green Shutter House by OOF! Architects Featured Project
A Dour Old Post Office Finds Its Mojo As a Sunny Summer Beach House
A house that was once a post office felt frustratingly disconnected from the outdoors has been transformed into a breezy beach house.
L-House by Alexander Symes Architect Featured Project
From Partially Completed Project Home to Modern, Energy Efficient Home
Working with what was already there to create a modern family home had its challenges on this bushland site in the Blue Mountains.
Burrill Lake House by Jost Architects Featured Project
This Classic Fibro Beach Shack is Updated for a Young Family
This home holds special memories for the architect, Pat Jost, making it important to retain the elements that fill it with character.
Limerick House by Solomon Troup Architects Featured Project
A Poetic Addition Reorients the Home to Take in a Spectacular View
Inspired by shearing sheds in the area and rhyming with the original home, a clever addition transforms this weekender.
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 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
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
Saturn II by McManus Lew Architects
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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