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Midday Muse: Incongruous Additions

This 5th Ave. Apple Store-esque extension was added to a humdrum McMansion, giving it not only additional space but loads of light. In this case, I think the addition was a success, and added value, especially because it's in the rear of the house and doesn't appear to be visible from the street. But, often I see modern additions going up on older, period homes that don't take into account the history of the space, and I cringe a little. If you own a historic Victorian or even 20th-century Colonial, why not hire an architect who can build something to coordinate? If a modern home is really what you want, why not sell your country cottage and buy one instead? I know things are never as straightforward as that, and there are a lot of factors involved when you're considering buying, selling, and renovating. But sometimes I worry that we'll look at our landscape in 50 years and realize that Mr. Potato Head or Frankenstein may have actually been city planners. Do you agree, or is my thinking just hopelessly traditional?

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Scribbit Scribbit 9 years
Actually, we're doing this right now! We've got an older home and we want an addition but to disguise an addition to look old when it's not seems silly. To try and blend something modern with something vintage isn't possible so why not let both parts speak for themselves and show their own qualities? I know this way of doing things isn't for everyone but we love having the best of both kinds of design.
JeanninePC99 JeanninePC99 9 years
It's like the glass pyramids at the Louvre...some people love the addition, some people hate it. I personally like it!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
I think it goes because it has the same roofing materials. Why not add modern to traditional. Aren't they doing this all over Europe?
vunder vunder 9 years
I thought the modern meets Victorian renovation of the SF LGBT center was pretty interesting, though. where they added the modern to the Victorian building nextdoor:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
we have a lovely attached sunroom...I just love it! we eat out there all the time and grow exotic plants :)
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