If Pinterest has taught us one thing, it's to dream big. And for many a city dweller (like your dearest Lonny editors), that bigness comes in the form of a comparatively sprawling urban townhouse to replace our shoebox apartments. While certainly far from suburban McMansions or, hell, actual mansions, in square footage, the idea of having a staircase (gasp!) and a little walled garden (sigh) are fantasy enough.
Though, if you're feeling extra daring and your hopes aren't quite high enough as it is, might we suggest you slide into the fantastical world of townhouse extensions. From glass-and-steel-framed sun rooms to rooftop cabanas to subterranean, sky-lighted studios, these spaces seem almost like an urban myth. Lucky, we're here to lead you down the rabbit hole into those hidden back yards to sneak a peek. Keep scrolling to see 10 of the coolest modified row houses on the web.
1. (Above) A glassy London townhouse with a stealthy underground element by Daniel Lee via Remodelista. (See the pin.)
2. An open-air living space hidden atop Marcus Nispel's New York City pad via Sous Style. (See the pin.)
3. A refined double-height dining situation by Elizabeth Roberts in Brooklyn. (See the pin.)
4. Greenhouse vibes and floor-to-ceiling windows in Cobble Hill by Fernlund + Logan Architects. (See the pin.)
5. Moxon Architect's minimalist dream in London's Chelsea via Huh Magazine. (See the pin.)
6. A Bauhaus, solarium-meets-office extension in Kensington via SFgirlbybay. (See the pin.)
7. An NYC fashion designer's treehouse-like town home by Archi-Tectonics. (See the pin.)
8. Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partner's opened house via Arch Daily. (See the pin.)
9. A 19th-century townhouse with a masterfully minimal backyard by Julian King via The New York Times. (See the Pin.)
10. Designer Timothy Whealon's Monte Carlo solarium via Architectural Digest. (See the Pin.)