Inside, however, the home's abstract accents and glass walls are as modern as its exterior is traditional; it's a surprising combination of preserved history and progressive design. Photo by James Knowler.
The reality is much more complex. McDonald was faced with the challenge of preserving a home that dates back to the 1890s, while making it structurally sound enough to live in. His solution was to lift the entire house off the ground so he could rebuild its foundation; while he was at it, he updated the interior, making it clean and modern. Photo by Jason Madara.
Don't be fooled by the demure 20th-century charm of this San Francisco home; its mint-and-white exterior hides an adventurously modern addition in the back—the result of its latest renovation. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.
But unlike its exterior, the vacation home's interior has been redesigned for the 21st-century. Wood floors and furniture tie into the overall rustic aesthetic, but the chalkboards on the island and the blue wall of the kitchen are two notable components of its modern bent. Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.
The home takes its experimental design further on the inside, though; a sleek wooden island and a set of elegant chairs contrast with the traditional look of exposed rafters. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
Architect Benedetta Tagliabue wasn't intimidated by the grandeur of the crumbling flat when she decided to save it. She started to make her home's interior completely modern, but told the decorating crew to stop before they finished painting over the walls completely when she was struck by the bold contrast between original stone and an unfinished layer of paint in her living room. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.