From Austin to Adelaide, these historical bungalows received much-needed, modern tune-ups.
Looking at the traditional Victorian facade of this 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, you would never imagine it hid such a voluptuous and modern derrière. Engaging both an architect and an interior designer to collaborate on a renovation and two-story extension, the residents managed to open up the interior and transform the back of the house into an improbably airy and light-filled retreat.
When artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson teamed up with architects Escher GuneWardena for a full-scale renovation, they bestowed a remarkable view of Los Angeles upon a formerly unremarkable bungalow.
Austin architect J.C. Schmeil's family home, a 1935 bungalow in the South Congress neighborhood, had lots of charm but lacked square footage and some crucial modern conveniences. Lassoing his experience with several local renovation projects, Schmeil added over 1,000 square feet to the house while respecting the scale of its surroundings, and his family's budget.
Sam Shah and Anne Suttles were planning for an investment property in Austin, but ended up with a home that was too terrific to let go. The couple enlisted architect Kevin Alter to renovate their 1920s bungalow and add a rear addition, which contains a living area downstairs and an office upstairs.
A couple renovated a 1930s bungalow in Berkeley, California, adding 500 square feet and plenty of natural light. Remodeled by resident and interior decorator Jill McCoy and her husband David Hassall with the help of architect Paul Molina, the open-plan living space opens to a small outdoor area.
Stephen Waddell and Isabel Kunigk worked with architect D’Arcy Jones to breathe new life into their “dank old” 1940s bungalow in Vancouver. The couple chose to sacrifice square footage inside in order to make the most of outdoor space.
A gut renovation and landscaping makeover helped this home connect with the outdoors. Seeking more space and a seamless transition to the outdoors, Steve and Colleen Nusinow of Redondo Beach, California, turned to Robert Sweet of studio Ras-a Inc to renovate their 2,000-square-foot Craftsman-style bungalow.
When designer Joel Contreras decided to renovate his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District, he wanted to respectfully preserve the building’s past while also incorporating his love for contemporary architecture. Jonah Busick of Foundry12 happened to live in the same neighborhood, so Contreras hired the architect to help him reach that vision.
Sara and Jeremy Imhoff bought their first home, a run-down 1918 bungalow, in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood in 2005. The Imhoffs, both of whom are architects, embarked on an extensive renovation in the spring of the following year, designing it and doing much of the work themselves, and serving as their own general contractor.