There are plenty of times in renovation work when you come across design challenges. It's all about how you solve them both aesthetically and economically. The owners here wanted to expand their 800 square foot home however ran into some limitations. The municipality would not allow a second story and the soil conditions (and budget) were not conducive for a basement. The architects got creative and designed a small addition split level.
This is the exterior of the 800 square foot home in Montreal, Canada before the architects got loose.
This is a view from the addition looking back toward the existing house. The split level has created three rooms; the dining area, a sitting room and a bedroom. A pretty genius idea working on a limited budget and site restrictions.