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.

10 Bright and Airy Modern Attic Renovations
If you are looking to add square footage—without a move—an attic renovation can be a fantastic solution.
A Transformative Attic Renovation in Montreal
Removing a sloping ceiling adds five feet of headroom to this brightened live-work space.
A Chicago Renovation Taps Into its Attic to Almost Double its Square Footage
Careful craftsmanship, spiral stairs, and an airy catwalk help define this Second City architect's home.
The Light and Airy Apartment G in Downtown Singapore
In downtown Singapore, marble, light wood, soft hues, and subtle touches of gold come together to create a stylish, light-filled,...
A Cramped Attic Became a Sunny Dining Room in this Renovation of a Copenhagen Tudor
A furniture designer carves out a modern family home in a renovated 1925 structure on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
A Musty Attic is Transformed Into a Luminous Loft
In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.
6 Best Dwell UK Apartments
Across the North Atlantic in the United Kingdom, you may spot subtle variations in style when it comes to the architecture and...
A Modern Attic Renovation: Home Ec OP Design Studio and Lounge
Natalie and Alan Papier had lived in their Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic home in Oak Park, IL with their two kids for a few years...
6 Modern Wineries on the West Coast With Beautiful Architecture
A weekend away at a vineyard doesn't just have to be about the wine tasting—rather, it should be an opportunity to escape to a...
An Airy Addition to a Historic Boise Home
An airy addition on the back of a historic house in Boise is a model of sensitive renovation, seamlessly melding new and old.
Renovating Old and New in Barcelona
When Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso of Habitan Architects bought their first-floor apartment in an 1894 block of the Fort Pienc...
An Airy Sydney Home Goes Vertical to Gain Space
A snug footprint and protected streetscape in Sydney prompt an architect to build skyward.
Philadelphia Row House Renovation
In historic Philadelphia, Jibe Design gives a row home a bright modern update—and a dose of Persian pattern.
6 Modular Houseboat and Floating Home Manufacturers Around the World
If you’re bored of solid ground and want to try out a life on water, then these international companies will give you the tools...
A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy
A couple in northern Italy trade a cramped flat for a renovated farmhouse in the country.
9 Stellar San Francisco Renovations
If you've ever embarked on a renovation in California, you know how challenging the historic preservation laws can be.
6 Modern Hotels Around the World Made Out of Shipping Containers
Shipping container hotels—quite literally—keep popping up across the globe.
How to Recognize Different Wood Species and a Guide to 6 of the Most Common Types
If you’ve been wanting to add to your bank of knowledge or sound like a pro at identifying some of the most common species of...
6 Modern Pool Villas to Stay at While Visiting Koh Samui, Thailand
If you're thinking of taking a trip to Thailand, consider staying at one of these luxurious modern pool villas on the tropical...
Midcentury Renovation in Austin
With the goals of improving storage and flow in their midcentury home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects...

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