The rear of a renovated home in Sydney, Australia, designed by Christopher Polly, features a variety of windows that allow light and air to enter the house. Breezway Altair louvers, Viridian Comfort Plus low-e glass, and Western Red Cedar–framed sliding glass doors on the ground floor—plus pivot stay windows on the second story—allow residents to control how open or closed the house is.
Samaha + Hart Architecture completed an adventurous remodel of a San Francisco Victorian. Post-renovation, the back of the house opens to take in the surrounding views.
Architect Gregory Phillips created an airy addition for a Victorian just outside London, which opens out onto a decidedly nontraditional English garden—a large lawn bordered by exotic palms, bamboos, ferns, and other flamboyant foliage.
Architect Cary Bernstein recently completed the renovation and expansion of an old cottage in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, which includes massive floor-to-ceiling windows and copious amounts of light.
An addition to the back of a historic house in Boise, Idaho, features large blocks of windows that bridge the space between indoor and outdoor. Accordion window doors allow the dining room to overflow onto the back patio, creating a perfect area for entertaining.
A resourceful couple incorporated numerous budget-conscious ideas into the renovation of their 1908 Edwardian in San Francisco's Mission District. The tour de force is a storefront facade constructed from salvaged double-insulated glass panels arranged in a shingle pattern.
Architects Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles revamped a dilapidated turn-of-the-century townhouse in Harlem by replacing the brick rear elevation with a curtain wall of sliding glass doors, translucent panels, and glass windowpanes.
A self-taught designer transformed a 19th-century structure in Eldred, New York into a modern, light-filled home by removing two bays in the back of the house and erecting a wing with a transparent portal of 22-foot-tall skyscraper glass.