Old + New = Custom-Made Character

While we are huge fans of everything from 1920s to Mid Century, we also have a deep appreciation for new architecture, especially when seamlessly integrated with the original bones and character of an older home. Building a contemporary addition to an older house not only gives it an exciting facelift, but it can also create extra space and square footage while adding one-of-a-kind character to your abode.

While a hefty dose of imagination is required (as well as a highly qualified architect!), owners of traditional homes who want to expand or add on face unique challenges in integrating the old and new in a tasteful, functional way that makes sense. Eighteenth-century homes didn’t feature sparkling floor-to-ceiling glass. Families in the 1930s wouldn’t dream of cooking or eating al fresco. Original occupants of artsy bungalows didn’t prioritize living in light-filled homes with a swimming pool. And in the 1970s, big-screen TVs weren’t a consideration in the design process.

The bottom line? Building structures have changed over time, as have our needs and lifestyles. So many homes built in decades past often ignore the things we crave from modern living. Making your own mark with a contemporary addition while respecting what’s already there is a one-way ticket to custom-made character.

Go gaga over the old + new homes we’ve rounded up below featuring modern home additions that transform the traditional to the unique so your home, like you, can stand out from the rest.

“Architect Gregory Phillips connected the original house to a new modern extension that doesn’t interfere with the surrounding houses. ‘I try to be true to the location,’ he explains, ‘so it doesn’t seem like some spaceship has landed.'” – Dwell
“Today the house looks rather different: a striking contrast between the original 1780s cottage and a large timber-framed addition whose tin cladding and banks of glass give the effect of a semitransparent shed opening up to the landscape. The extension not only succeeds in creating a working home for a family of five, but compellingly combines the old stone cottage with the contemporary belvedere.” – Dwell
“Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws, the rear is modern eye candy at its best.” – Dwell