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March 18, 2013
Updated, transformed: These five creative renovations, from a bustling neighborhood in Singapore to a Wyoming suburb, propel the past into the present.
Modern backyard patio with contemporary furniture

Yang Yeo and his girlfriend Ching Ian relax on the back stoop of their renovated and radically updated Singapore shophouse—an archetypal building type in this busy port city. Photo by: Richard Powers.

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Retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley hired a pair of brainy New Haven architects to breathe new architectural life into the property they’ve inhabited for over thirty years. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Terry removed the entire second floor, which featured a gabled roof and two diminutive bedrooms, and replaced it with an aluminum-trimmed box covered in cement fiberboard.

The house at 157 Congress Run in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was once a sturdy 1940s brick Cape with trim, boxy rooms and an undulating yard punctuated with old trees. But four years, and five and a half tons of concrete fiberboard later, the iconic suburban house has been transformed, and everything is the better for it. Photo by Chad Holder.

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The exposed original brick is one of the few reminders of this 700-square-foot apartment’s old bones. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Sunlight streams through formerly boarded-up windows in the living area that was once Madame Wong’s stage. “When we took off the drywall, we realized there were windows in there. So we had more made to match these four,” says Dan. The new windows open up

In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is anything but boring. Photo by Bryce Duffy.

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Modern backyard patio with contemporary furniture

Yang Yeo and his girlfriend Ching Ian relax on the back stoop of their renovated and radically updated Singapore shophouse—an archetypal building type in this busy port city. Photo by: Richard Powers.

Photo by Richard Powers.

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