Those considering adding a glazed extension to the home need look no further than Canadas Royal Ontario Museum for an example of how edgy modern glass design can work with a classic building.
Although most visitors will have an interest in the museums exhibits, few will fail to notice the magnificent glazed extension that juts out from the old building.
The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal centrepiece, designed by Daniel Libeskind and Bregman and Hamann Architects, is clad in 25 per cent glass and 75 per cent aluminium.
The extension, with its pointed edges and modern design, is named after Michael Lee-Chin, who donated around £15 million towards its construction.
The original building is almost 100 years old and the classic Neo-Romanesque architecture contrasts with the recent expansion.
While the final cost will be in the region of £135 million, adding a bespoke extension to the home will cost considerably less. Despite that fact, modifying the home with a conservatory or lean-to can enhance the building and the lives of those who reside there.
Examples of how new glazed extensions work with older buildings can also be found closer to home. Londons Museum of Natural History recently added a huge glass extension to its classic building in the west end.