Make the most with the home you have. Modern renovations are one of the most popular design stories on Dwell. Renovation presents challenges, and smart design delivers solutions. Modern design and architecture allow old construction to meet new ideas and materials. Hire an architect or interior designer whenever possible, because professional training helps mitigate issues and yield truly beautiful spaces.

Philadelphia Row House Renovation
In historic Philadelphia, Jibe Design gives a row home a bright modern update—and a dose of Persian pattern.
A Renovated, Midcentury Glass-and-Steel House in New York Asks $2M
Designed by Roy O. Allen, the Woodward Residence in Westchester County, New York, offers the chance to own a restored...
7 Brooklyn Row Houses Renovations
The dream of owning a Brooklyn brownstone is just one of many reasons why people make the move to the popular outer borough.
A Modern Octagonal Barn House in Upstate New York Asks $1.28M
About 90 minutes from New York City on over four wooded acres in Columbia County, this steel-and-glass barn house is a minimalist...
Modern Rowhouse Renovation in New York
With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict...
Renovating a Modern House in a Historic District
What constitutes good modern design in a historic district? Kansas City architecture firm Kem Studio proposes a solution that...
Modern Lilong House Renovation in Shanghai
Seeking a stronger connection with his adopted city, Edoardo Allegranti revamps a lilong house in China’s bustling municipality.
An Enclave of Modern Cottages in New York's Hudson Valley
At Hudson Woods, architect Drew Lang creates a modern community with a strong local flavor.
Merging Old and New With These 10 Modern Renovations in Scotland
The thought of Scottish homes often conjures a vision of stone row houses nestled together on cobblestone streets, rolling green...
An Ad Copywriter Edits His Manhattan Row House—and Finds a New Calling
Tom Givone reworked a rare 19th-century row house in upper Manhattan on his own, and found a new career along the way.
A Ruddy Shipping Container House Is Installed in New York in Only Two Days
With a prefab structure near Hudson, LOT-EK—the pioneers of shipping container architecture—make a new case for the genre.
A Stylishly Renovated 19th-Century Brooklyn Row House Lists For $3.2M
The 6-bedroom home was built in 1899 by prominent architect Axel Hedman, while the recent restorations were led by designer duo,...
5 Firms Eager to Build You a Modern Prefab in New Hampshire
Discover the benefits of prefab construction with these New Hampshire–based companies.
An Old Row House in Montreal Gets a Colorful Modern Upgrade
Warm, repurposed building materials are favored in this savvy renovation by MARK + VIVI.
6 New York Prefab Companies That Prize Modern Design
Check out New York State’s offering of innovative modular homes.
A Group of Friends Build an Off-Grid Tree House in New York for $20K
The remote cabin in Sullivan County hovers above a steep slope, suspended by the trees that surround it.
Live from New York
A major market for our furniture, and the headquarters of some of our most important designers, Manhattan has long been Herman...
Escape From New York
It was no exodus, of course, but when Kathleen Triem quit her job at a Manhattan design firm in July 1996, her associates were...
A Respectfully Renovated Modern Beach House on Fire Island Asks $1.8M
DAS Studio Architects tackled the improvements to this 1964 home on Fire Island, just south of Long Island, New York.
Old Meets New in This Modern Extension to an Edwardian House in Melbourne
Ninety-nine years after this 1915 Edwardian-era house was built, Australian firm Preston Lane transformed the interior via a...