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Before and After Exteriors and Home Additions: Dramatic Renovations

See amazing home-renovation transformations--you won't believe they're the same houses!

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    • Major Home Addition

      This house was infused with a whole new personality. It went from a grim little box to a wonderful cottage that loosely recalls 19th-century Greek Revival homes. Transformed during the makeover were the entry, kitchen, family room, den, dining room, and garage.

    • Major Home Addition

      This house was infused with a whole new personality. It went from a grim little box to a wonderful cottage that loosely recalls 19th-century Greek Revival homes. Transformed during the makeover were the entry, kitchen, family room, den, dining room, and garage.

    • Back-of-the-House Makeover

      This home went from drab to delightful. The window-lined breakfast room bump-out adds a classic backdrop to the backyard garden and allows for plenty of light inside.

    • Back-of-the-House Makeover

      This home went from drab to delightful. The window-lined breakfast room bump-out adds a classic backdrop to the backyard garden and allows for plenty of light inside.

    • Family Room Addition

      A home with a flat front facade can be a bore. This one came to life with a family room addition that gave it some much-needed character. A master bedroom bump-out on the opposite end of the house also helped improve the look.

    • Family Room Addition

      A home with a flat front facade can be a bore. This one came to life with a family room addition that gave it some much-needed character. A master bedroom bump-out on the opposite end of the house also helped improve the look.

    • Two-Story Home Addition

      A 100-year-old Atlanta home got an uplifting makeover when a two-story addition created space for a den on the main level and a master bedroom suite on the upper level. The exterior gained grand stature.

    • Two-Story Home Addition

      A 100-year-old Atlanta home got an uplifting makeover when a two-story addition created space for a den on the main level and a master bedroom suite on the upper level. The exterior gained grand stature.

    • Waterfront Renovation

      Cedar shingles gave an uninspired exterior a huge lift. The home's decidedly down-market former look was transformed into an appealing seaside retreat.

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      Waterfront Renovation

      Cedar shingles gave an uninspired exterior a huge lift. The home's decidedly down-market former look was transformed into an appealing seaside retreat.

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      Home Renovation with Distinctive Roof Details

      This home puts on a pretty face with a new screen porch, balcony, and unusual double-gable roofline. A single peak on the expanded roof would have stretched the home's profile too high, so the angles doubled up.

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      Home Renovation with Distinctive Roof Details

      This home puts on a pretty face with a new screen porch, balcony, and unusual double-gable roofline. A single peak on the expanded roof would have stretched the home's profile too high, so the angles doubled up.

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      Cottage Home Renovation

      By banishing the boring awning above the entry, beefing up the flat-plane facade, and raising the roof to accommodate additional living space, this small Atlanta cottage assumes an English manor sensibility.

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      Cottage Home Renovation

      By banishing the boring awning above the entry, beefing up the flat-plane facade, and raising the roof to accommodate additional living space, this small Atlanta cottage assumes an English manor sensibility.

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      Master Bedroom Addition

      Deep overhangs, tall double-hung windows, and wide trim help merge old and new on this exterior. French doors in the bumped-out wall of the family room open to a flagstone terrace. Upstairs, a roof deck adjoins the master bedroom.

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      Master Bedroom Addition

      Deep overhangs, tall double-hung windows, and wide trim help merge old and new on this exterior. French doors in the bumped-out wall of the family room open to a flagstone terrace. Upstairs, a roof deck adjoins the master bedroom.

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      Split-Level Home Makeover

      Raising the roof on a 1960s split-level home was the key to a more eye-pleasing gabled design. Replacing the old siding with shingles and stucco makes it hard to tell it's the same house.

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      Split-Level Home Makeover

      Raising the roof on a 1960s split-level home was the key to a more eye-pleasing gabled design. Replacing the old siding with shingles and stucco makes it hard to tell it's the same house.

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      Bump-Out Addition

      Bump-out and second-story additions dramatically improve the front exterior of this house. Homes that gain height also gain presence on the block. Changes took the 1,500-square-foot floor plan up to 2,700 square feet.

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      Bump-Out Addition

      Bump-out and second-story additions dramatically improve the front exterior of this house. Homes that gain height also gain presence on the block. Changes took the 1,500-square-foot floor plan up to 2,700 square feet.

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