Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at

Construction Diary: It Took a Decade, But Their Experimental, DIY Home Was Worth the Wait
Using an abandoned Portland house as their personal design lab, the couple behind JHL Design craft a sustainable, cost-effective...
Before & After: The Brownstone Boys Overhaul a Brooklyn Garage Into a Family Home
Barry Bordelon and Jordan Slocum convert an 1894 carriage house into a bright dwelling with a central courtyard, two rooftop...
Before & After: Old Beams Meet a New Metal Staircase in a 1700s Farmhouse in New Jersey
Fuller/Overby Architecture inserts treads and railing in perforated steel, a colorful bathroom, and sleek millwork that...


Architects Share Helpful Tips From Their Own Home Renovations
These expert insights will help you navigate the dos and don’ts of the remodel process.
What’s the Most Overlooked Feature When Planning a Kitchen Renovation?
We turned to our panel of Dwell Pros for the answer—here's what they said.