Upon its completion in 2003, Bruce Doblin's Chicago home was the ideal bachelor pad. Built in a former factory, the house featured large exposed beams, polished concrete floors, and a flat galvanized steel façade with large hangar doors. But when Doblin was married a few years ago, he and his wife decided they needed to expand. Their vertical two-story addition springs from the original horizontal structure, and its interior utilizes warm, natural features like white oak flooring to counter the predominantly manmade materials in the preexisting section.
The office addition to scientist Geoff Woolford's East Falmouth, Massachusetts home fulfilled all of his existing requirements: it is uncluttered, light-filled, and opens onto his backyard garden.
When midcentury enthusiast Margaret Riley purchased a rundown Los Angeles ranch, she turned to architect Cory Buckner to remodel the home after nearby modernist icons. Along with redwood siding, sliding glass doors, and a butterfly roof, Buckner added a second floor balcony with views of Santa Monica Bay.
Because their Victorian was on a "heritage street" in Melbourne, a family with three young sons had to expand their house from the rear. The addition, which features a rugged exterior of Australian hardwood is meant to encourage a flexible, outdoor-friendly lifestyle. Large telescoping sliding doors directly connect the space with the backyard.
Though Thomas and Susan Ockerse both agreed that it was time to expand their 1920s Providence, Rhode Island home, their primary expectations seemed to be at odds. He wanted a dim study to preserve his sprawling book collection, and she needed ample light for her plants. When the couple enlisted 3six0 Architecture, the firm crafted an "envelope" for the 1,100-square-foot addition, which contained 15-inch-deep recesses which could hold bookcases or potted plants.