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August 7, 2015
Hardly tacked on, these contemporary additions complement their historic hosts.
Boston prefab guest home and pool with Sears Roebuck kit house from 1928

A prefab pool- and guesthouse designed by LABhaus frames views of a Massachusetts property’s original structure, a Dillman model Sears, Roebuck kit house from 1928.

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Originally appeared in Cute Couple Alert: Modern Prefab Poolhouse Addition to a 1920s Sears Kit House
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traditional shingle clad exterior

Adventurous but subtle. Something different that doesn’t scream for attention. These were the prompts John and Erika Jessen gave to architect Elijah Huge for the addition to their 1920s home in New Haven, Connecticut. With those in mind, Huge set out to find a cladding material that was both eye-catching and cost-effective. “They wanted the skin to be exciting,” he says. “I thought the shingles would be a good choice because they would echo the texture of the existing house without trying to imitate it.” Even better, the stamped recycled aluminum shingles cost just two dollars per square foot—on par with run-of-the-mill vinyl siding, which “wasn’t an option!” exclaims Huge.

Originally appeared in Color Coded: 7 Vibrant Exteriors
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Dublin Victorian Extension from the rear

In Victorian homes, conservatories were originally meant to be sources of light and connection with the outdoors. But what if they didn’t bring in enough light? In Dublin, Ireland, NOJI Architects designed a modern extension that replaced a Victorian home’s gloomy, old conservatory. Built out of plywood beams arranged in a diagonal grid form and filled with bespoke fittings by OIKOS Furniture, the extension houses an open-plan kitchen and dining area that is bathed in light. The plywood structure, which was partially prefabricated, minimized cost as well as the environmental impact of on-site installation.

 

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Originally appeared in With a Bright Plywood Extension, This May Be the Least Stuffy Victorian Ever
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Modern backyard pool patio BBQ area

In Adelaide, Australia, an 1880 bungalow with an elaborate sandstone-and-brick Victorian facade lets loose with an angular modern addition of glass and steel.

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Kitchen extension in London with a recycled timber frame

If you’ve ever wondered what chefs want out of their own kitchens, Fraher Architects’ latest project offers one answer: simplicity. Through an extension to an existing flat, they gave their client, who runs several fast-paced restaurants, a no-fuss cooking space where she could relax and socialize in the off hours with friends.

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Exterior of New Addition pavilion.

Thomas and Susan Ockerse agreed that it was time to reorganize and enlarge their 1920s house in Providence, Rhode Island, but they had seemingly contradictory expectations. He wanted a dim study to protect his extensive book collection, and she required ample light for her plants. To help reconcile their desires, the couple enlisted 3six0 Architecture. The firm’s solution lay in the 1,100-square-foot addition’s envelope: Its “thick skin” provides 15-inch-deep recesses to hold bookcases or to become niches for potted plants. “The finned structure addresses the inherent contradictions of the project: books versus plants, storage versus space, light versus shade, library versus garden,” architect Jack Ryan says.

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Boston prefab guest home and pool with Sears Roebuck kit house from 1928

A prefab pool- and guesthouse designed by LABhaus frames views of a Massachusetts property’s original structure, a Dillman model Sears, Roebuck kit house from 1928.

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