Incredible Bungalow Renovations

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From Austin to Adelaide, these historical bungalows received much-needed, modern tune-ups.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Shrubs. The back, however, is a different story. The shape of the roof eave is designed to allow winter sun into the house while cutting out the hot summer sun. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations

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.

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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.

Architect J.C. Schmeil renovated and added onto a 1935 Austin bungalow in order to better accommodate his family: wife Ashley McLain, sons Corbin (13) and Beckett (10), and Shiner the rescue dog. They purchased the cottage in 1998, and after a couple of small renovations and considering a move, they realized they needed to add some serious square footage. So in 2012 Schmeil gutted the original cottage, upgraded all systems, and added on to the upstairs, bringing the former 820 square feet up to the current 2,150 with four bedrooms. Photo by Whit Preston. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations modern home

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.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Grass. Shah, Suttles, and their daughter, Tesla, use their outdoor space as an extra room. Near the pool is a seating area with Bistro chairs from Fermob. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations

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.

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Chair, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Storage, Floor Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, Sectional, and Ottomans. 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. French doors and a wall of windows bring in light. An Eames lounge chair and a Noguchi table add a modern sensibility. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations

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.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Hardscapes, and Grass. In the backyard, Kunigk “montaged” what she admired in the work of John Pawson, Tadao Ando, and Piet Oudolf, the Dutch garden designer who collaborated on landscaping for New York’s High Line. She plans to reconfigure the plantings again with the landscape designer Rina Zweig, who worked on the front yard. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations

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.

Seeking more space and a seamless transition to the outdoors, Steve and Colleen Nusinow of Redondo Beach, California, turned to Robert Sweet. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations modern home

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.

The modern addition sits on a concrete platform that extends past the house’s envelope, creating welcoming patios on each side. “From any space within the home you are no more than a few steps from one of the outdoor spaces,” Busick says. On the west-facing back porch, Green Kite Chairs by Karim Rashid and a poppy-red hammock offer ideal spots from which to take in the sunset. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations modern home

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.

A door frame was preserved as "a sculptural memory piece," Sara Imhoff says, after a wall separating the old kitchen from a small dining room was demolished. The countertops and backsplash are by Caesarstone. Photo  of Incredible Bungalow Renovations modern home

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.

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