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Andy Martin encore

Please don't ask me why it's called the "Beach House" when it sits in west London. Perhaps it's the bright, casual vibe. Lots of bleached timber, pops of colour, walls of glass to let in the light and capture the sea garden view. A family home that is casually stylish, at ease with its Edwardian era heritage and its modern extension. Evocative of being on holiday in the city. The reason doesn't really matter. Beach House by Andy Martin Architects.

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Modern take on an old worker's cottage

A contemporary extension to an existing character residential cottage in Brisbane, Queensland where it was important to retain the integrity of the original 1906 cottage while providing two levels of extra living space. Love the integration of inside and out including the sliding window walls and the now you see it, now you don't bath. Wooloowin House by bureau^proberts.

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You can't judge a book by its cover

A cursory glance at this period property in Armadale, Melbourne might lead you to believe it's all about tradition and historic features. That concrete driveway to the left should give you a hint that things are not all that they seem. Let's just say that it may be stiff upper lip at the front of the property but it's all party house out the back. Old meets new in this extension and renovation by Nicholas Murray Architects. "The property was dilapidated when purchased and involved complete underpinning and restoration of the Gothic Victorian facade and front four rooms. Beyond that everything was demolished to make way for a vehicle basement and two levels above. A large pond was introduced into the core of the building to delineate old from new."

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New meets old in Medindie

A historic facade and thoroughly modern out the back. Yes another fabulous old meets new Aussie extension. In the suburb of Medindie in the inner-north of Adelaide, South Australia. By William Burton Leopardi. I think the architects description of how it all came about is great.

“Don’t kill the tree!” A gnarly pepper tree formed the planning challenge of an addition for a young family to their Victorian era home. A pool, small block, desire for light, space and ‘room to grow’ rounded out the brief and reaffirmed the challenge. Space for all, parents and kids, and an enthusiasm to embrace this as the “opportunity of a lifetime” allowed for delightful layering of function, whimsy and contemporary eclectism – oh…..and “don’t want to see the kitchen.”

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The extension

I really think that the national pastime of Australians is renovating and the the holy grail is the house extension. We all have dreams of taking a small, pokey period property and blowing out the back to create an open plan inside/outside family relaxation and entertaining space that doubles our floor space and exponentially explodes our enjoyment of home life. Like this fab reno and extension of a Kensington, Sydney house by Angus Mackenzie Architect.

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