A major renovation is the perfect opportunity to bring more light into a space. These remodeled homes incorporate vast swathes of windows to help bring the outside in.
The rear of a renovated home in Sydney, Australia, designed by Christopher Polly, features a variety of windows that allow light and air to enter the house. Breezway Altair louvers, Viridian Comfort Plus low-e glass, and Western Red Cedar–framed sliding glass doors on the ground floor—plus pivot stay windows on the second story—allow residents to control how open or closed the house is.
Architect Gregory Phillips created an airy addition for a Victorian just outside London, which opens out onto a decidedly nontraditional English garden—a large lawn bordered by exotic palms, bamboos, ferns, and other flamboyant foliage.
An addition to the back of a historic house in Boise, Idaho, features large blocks of windows that bridge the space between indoor and outdoor. Accordion window doors allow the dining room to overflow onto the back patio, creating a perfect area for entertaining.
A resourceful couple incorporated numerous budget-conscious ideas into the renovation of their 1908 Edwardian in San Francisco's Mission District. The tour de force is a storefront facade constructed from salvaged double-insulated glass panels arranged in a shingle pattern.
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A self-taught designer transformed a 19th-century structure in Eldred, New York into a modern, light-filled home by removing two bays in the back of the house and erecting a wing with a transparent portal of 22-foot-tall skyscraper glass.