Building an extension on your home is not an easy project. Adding new space to an already existing structure can be challenging. It is even more so when the original structure is an old one. Period home extensions are one of the hardest projects to do. Some of the materials used in the original structure may no longer be available or applicable.
The best way to add an extension is to use modern materials and add a contemporary space. This is also a hard feat. Imagine blending the old with the new. That can’t be easy, right?
We understand the struggle to mix a modern extension into a period home. The things we see on TV do not always apply especially when you do not have an unlimited budget, time and space.
With this in mind, let us help you! We have come up with a list of modern ideas that can work well with your period home.
Go For A Stark Contrast
Most homeowners tend to hide the fact that the new space is NEW. They try to imitate the original building hoping that it will pass as part of the original structure. The end result is usually a cheap imitation that does not give justice to the period home.
Instead of imitating the old structure, go for a completely opposite design. Add a modern extension that will pop out and stand out. By doing so, you will not only make the modern extension shine, you will also elevate and highlight the beauty of the old structure. This way, there is a clear difference as to where the old building ends and the new one begins.
It may seem like an unlikely mix but adding an industrial touch can work well. Exposed metal beams and corrugated sheets can make a good look for a contemporary space that will define the difference between the modern and the old. Dark greys, black and all-whites can add drama to the whole property.
An all-glass extension is a refreshing way to bring in the outdoors and brighten up the whole place. Most period homes do not have big windows and are often dark. An all-glass room can bring in more light, more air and more space.
Using wood and timber frames will not just look good aesthetically, it is also practical. Building extensions can put a strain on the foundation of the period home. Period homes are not designed to take on additional weight from additional structures.
By using timber frames and building it as a self-supporting structure, you can avoid causing damage to the original building and at the same time, achieve a modern but rustic look that will be the envy of your friends and neighbours.
Go For All Black Or All White Extensions
If your period home is made of bricks or a certain type of colour, adding a dramatic all white or all black extension is a great way to highlight the new space and define the original home. This way, you preserve the integrity of the design of your classic home while achieving your new modern space. It is the perfect blend of the new and the old.
Before you take on a modern extension project, be sure to consult with a structural engineer or an architect. Older buildings are delicate so you need to check with the experts if building an extension is feasible. And if so, they will recommend an extension that will complement and will not cause any damage to the existing period home.
Do not forget to set a strict budget with some wiggle room for delays and minor mistakes, set a timeframe and pick the right tradespeople to work with you. Juggling a strict budget with high-quality work can be achieved with proper planning and project managing.
Do you want to build a modern extension to your period home but do not know how to start? Period Extensions & Design is an award-winning expert in period renovations and extensions. Let’s work together to bring your vision to life.
Whether you need help with the design or the actual extension and renovation itself, please call us today at Period Extensions & Designs on (03) 8658 1340 or contact us through our contact form.