Before and After Exteriors and Home Additions: Dramatic Renovations

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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