Before and After Exteriors and Home Additions: Dramatic Renovations

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

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Major Home Addition

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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.

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Major Home Addition

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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.

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Back-of-the-House Makeover

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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.

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Back-of-the-House Makeover

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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.

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Family Room Addition

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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 primary bedroom bump-out on the opposite end of the house also helped improve the look.

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Family Room Addition

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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 primary bedroom bump-out on the opposite end of the house also helped improve the look.

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Two-Story Home Addition

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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 primary bedroom suite on the upper level. The exterior gained grand stature.

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Two-Story Home Addition

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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 primary bedroom suite on the upper level. The exterior gained grand stature.

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Waterfront Renovation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Primary Bedroom Addition

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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 primary bedroom.

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Primary Bedroom Addition

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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 primary bedroom.

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Split-Level Home Makeover

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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

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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

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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

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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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