Owners of traditional homes who want to add an addition face challenges in integrating old and new. Eighteenth-century homes didn’t have floor-to-ceiling glass. Families in the 1930s weren’t particularly fond of eating outside, let alone cooking there.
The original occupants of Arts and Crafts bungalows didn’t seek to live in light-filled homes with access to a swimming pool. And in the 1970s, large-screen televisions weren’t a design consideration. More fundamentally, houses built in previous decades frequently ignore views, light and gardens. Yet it’s often assumed that the best way to add on to your old house is to go with the same style, no matter how awkward the pairing.
Buildings have changed over time, and putting a bit of woodwork on a basically modern construction doesn’t make it any more authentic. There are many ways to leave your fingerprint on your new addition. With the right design and building team it can be timeless and something to be proud of.