Renovations and additions to existing houses are the most common architecturally designed homes. The challenge with renovations is to incorporate the style and layout of the existing building with the modern needs of the family. When down well, renovations combine the charm of traditional buildings with the conveniences of modern living.

Here are just a few incredible architecturally designed renovations:

Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture
Featured Project Crazy About Cats? We May Have Found Your Perfect Inner-City Abode... If fur-babies, travel, colour and fun are ticking some mental boxes for you, you'll love Casa de Gatos (or 'House of Cats' in Spanish).
Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Modernist 1970s Home Addresses its Shortcomings For 21st Century Life A home rich with character is updated to improve comfort, privacy and connection to the landscape without losing its vintage feel.
Avalon Beach Apartment_G by Studio Benicio (via Lunchbox Architect) Avalon Beach Apartment_G by Studio Benicio
Featured Project 1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog By opening up to kitchen to the living area and creating a better connection to the deck, this apartment makes better use of its space.
Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect
Featured Project What Surprises Are Hiding Behind This Humble Victorian-Era Facade? 'Ethel' has a number of delightful surprises up her sleeve, proving there's more to this humble Victorian home than she lets on...
Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio
Featured Project 1970s Home Opens Up Front and Back to Connect Indoors and Outdoors A series of small additions left this home's living areas dark and detached from the garden, but Trace Studio have changed all that.
Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects
Featured Project A Translucent Studio Creates a Soft Backdrop for an Inner City Yard A garage and studio with seperate access from the laneway is a flexible and sensitive space at the rear of this inner-city terrace.
Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects
Featured Project Could You Live Overseas During the Construction of Your Home? With a good architect, much of the stress of building can be alleviated. This home was renovated while the owners were overseas!
Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox
Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects
Featured Project Footscray Apartment Renovated for More Flexibility and Light An unorthodox, but clever, renovation creates a series of light-filled flexible living spaces and creates the illusion of space.
Riverside Alterations and Additions by Lachlan Shepherd Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Riverside Alterations and Additions by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Featured Project Clever Renovation Creates New Building Over Bones of the Original Renovation uses half of the original roof structure to create a new raked roof and wraps the original fibro shack in new cladding.
Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe (via Lunchbox Architect) Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe
Featured Project Apartment Renovation Turns Out to be the Perfect Retirement Plan In this woman's retirement plan? A desire to downsize and determination to age in graceful style in a city central apartment.
Loft House by CHORDstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) Loft House by CHORDstudio
Featured Project A Building at the Back of the Garden Solves a Lot of Problems A building at the bottom of this Perth garden contains a music studio and sleeping loft while connecting to semi-outdoor living areas.
Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects
Featured Project You've Heard of Flipping Houses, But This Home Gets a Different Flip With a living area facing a busy road, a separate and congested kitchen and an under-utilised backyard, this home needed flipping...
Green West House by Source Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Green West House by Source Architects
Featured Project Dark 1980s Home in Rural Australia Gets a Modern Reboot Like all good '80s movies, this dated home has been given a modern reboot. The home was transformed within the existing footprint.
SSK Residence by Davidov Partners Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) SSK Residence by Davidov Partners Architects
Featured Project A New Living and Dining Wing Connects This Home to the Backyard Two barn-like roofs define the living and dining areas of an otherwise open-plan living space, while connected seamlessly to the garden.
White Delight by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) White Delight by POLYstudio
Featured Project A New Verandah Enhances the Liveability of This Inner-City Home Never underestimate the power of a well-designed outdoor living area to transform your home. This clever verandah is a great example.
Monolith House by Rara Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Monolith House by Rara Architecture
Featured Project A Home Designed for Light and Family, Not 'The Market' When you need to fit a lot onto a small block, forget market expectations and look for light and functionality to suit your family.
Project M by Studio 15b (via Lunchbox Architect) Project M by Studio 15b
Featured Project A Home That's Been In the Family for Generations Gets a Lift After a series of ad-hoc alterations, this long-time family home was in need of a major overhaul - it was raised, built-in and under.
Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects
Featured Project This Addition Was Architect's Gift for His Daughter's 13th Birthday A small addition and internal reconfiguration of a '60s home designed by a renowned New Zealand architect makes it fit for a family.
Journey House by Nic Owen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Journey House by Nic Owen Architects
Featured Project A House Where the Journey is More Interesting than the Destination Old and new are connected by a black tunnel with no end immediately in sight. But there is a light-filled end to this tunnel.
Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects
Featured Project Sustainability-Minded House for an Average Family With a Lot of 'Stuff' It takes a lot of 'stuff' to run a family. Just because you're interested in sustainability doesn't mean you need to go without...
Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects
Featured Project A Series of Airy Spaces Cascade Down the Natural Slope of This Block An eco-friendly, 7 star energy rated addition to an inner-city terrace feels bright, breezy and, importantly, comfortable year-round.
South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Featured Project Light 'Funnels' Fix East-West Orientation at This Fremantle Renovation Orientation is the best way to make your home feel light and bright. So what can you do when your home faces the wrong way?
Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems (via Lunchbox Architect) Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems
Featured Project New Solar Extension Designed to Power the Whole House A rear extension takes advantage of a North-facing backyard to connect to the garden and generate electricity for the whole house.
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Featured Project An Elegant Black Timber Extension Compliments a 19th Century Home An elegant and restrained timber addition provides the perfect modern living space for a family of five (plus two energetic dogs).
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay (via Lunchbox Architect) Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay
Featured Project A Bold, Curvaceous Joinery Unit Completely Transforms this Apartment Both architecture and furniture, the joinery unit designed to fit in the middle of this studio apartment allows for numerous functions.
Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture
Featured Project This Home Takes the Need to Connect to Green Space Very Seriously You can tell something's different about this heritage home from the moment you see the lime green door and pastel green walls...
Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Featured Project From Painting Storage for a Gallery to a City Centre Family Home Renovating an apartment is a challenge because you're confined to the existing envelope. What if it's also a heritage building?
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Escu House by Bijl Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Escu House by Bijl Architecture
Featured Project This Home Shines By Extending the Living Area Into the Verandah Meaning 'shield' in Old French, Escu House creates an expanded North facing living area protected by floor to ceiling timber screen.
Around the Corner by Statkus Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Around the Corner by Statkus Architecture
Featured Project Think of the Polar Bears! This Home Updated for Energy Efficiency... Rising costs and melting ice caps. Why not use your renovation as an opportunity to improve your home's environmental credentials as well.
Llewellyn House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Llewellyn House by studioplusthree
Featured Project Derelict Inner-city House Now a Sophisticated Home for Two Musicians The journey through this home is one of contrasting light, colour and materials, making this narrow extension feel bright, warm and rich.
High House by Dan Gayfer Design (via Lunchbox Architect) High House by Dan Gayfer Design
Featured Project High House Reno Takes Light, Functionality and Space to New Heights An extensive renovation of a Melbourne home gives the owners all the benefits of inner-city terrace living without the drawbacks.
Inbetween House by Inbetween Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Inbetween House by Inbetween Architecture
Featured Project Unconventional Front Addition Compliments and Contrasts Original Home We're familiar with rear additions but at Inbetween House a clever front addition reorients and reconnects the house and garden.
Inbetween House by Inbetween Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Inbetween House by Inbetween Architecture
Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
Featured Project A North Facing Cloister Connects This Terrace to New Master Bedroom Dealing with poor orientation this North-facing cloistered space acts as circulation and additional indoor/outdoor living space.
Parkville House by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Parkville House by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Glazed Atrium Dining Room Links and Lights This Heritage Home Older homes typically face two problems: lack of natural light and poor planning. A glazed atrium dining room solves both issues here.
Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architects
Featured Project A New Two-Storey Living Space Unfurls From Original Federation Home In contrast the cellular plan of the existing Federation-era home, this light extension is open-plan where spaces overlap and interact.
Dawesville House by Archterra Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Dawesville House by Archterra Architects
Dawesville House by Archterra Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Dawesville House by Archterra Architects
Dawesville House by Archterra Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Dawesville House by Archterra Architects
Alfred House by Austin Maynard Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Alfred House by Austin Maynard Architects
Featured Project One Clever Idea Turned a Dodgy Little Light-Well into an Entire Garden By building an extension at the end of a narrow site, Austin Maynard Architects created a courtyard instead of a typical light-well.
Annandale Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop (via Lunchbox Architect) Annandale Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Featured Project Remnants of the Original House Give This Home a Sense of Wilderness Parts of the original house are left intact to create sheltered outdoor areas in this renovation, grounding the home to its history.
Port Melbourne Heritage Cottage by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Port Melbourne Heritage Cottage by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
Featured Project A New Upper Level Brings Much Needed Space to a Heritage Cottage Renovating a heritage house is a challenge at the best of times. But when the only option is going up, the challenge is all the greater.
Stevenson House by Danny Broe Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Stevenson House by Danny Broe Architect
Featured Project A Double Height Space Connects Old and New In This Renovated Terrace This renovation shines with a light well bringing light deep into the house, bright red accents and pops of personality throughout...
Surry Hills House by Benn & Penna Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Surry Hills House by Benn & Penna Architects
Featured Project Indoors and Outdoors Blur Together to Maximise Space in Surry Hills The entire ground floor of this house has become one continuous indoor/outdoor space thanks to a well conceived alteration and addition.
Pod House by Nic Owen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Pod House by Nic Owen Architects
Pod House by Nic Owen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Pod House by Nic Owen Architects