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A sensitively designed extension can provide you with a modern, functional space that adds real value to your home. Th is handpicked selection of projects showcases the range of options available – could something here spark inspiration for your build?

Period revamp

LBMV Architects was tasked with turning a 161m² four-bedroom, grade II listed fl at into a comfortable three-bedroom home with generous living space. A rear extension enabled the creation of a large openplan kitchen, while sliding glass doors allow the option of alfresco entertaining in summer. The expansive glass panels, with their striking black frames, create a bold contrast to the traditional Victorian brickwork and establish a statement focal feature that can be enjoyed from the garden. The sympathetic modern design also ensures that the interaction with the listed building is minimal, with clear boundaries between old and new.


Light fi lled makeover

In this transformation of the rear of a Hertfordshire property by Atelier Architecture + Design, a new light and airy open-plan space has been created. The single storey rear and side extension includes full length sliding glass doors, allowing there to be seamless connectivity with the outside and plenty of natural light to fl ood into the home. Modern fi ttings by Kitchen Matters and a neutral colour palette of warm greys and browns complete the scheme.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land