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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.
This Charming San Francisco Condo Asks $1.7M
High ceilings, hardwood floors, and endless bay windows make this Pacific Heights home an airy sanctuary.
A Luminous Renovation in Portugal Creates a Bright and Airy Apartment
An Álvaro Siza-designed apartment in Lisbon undergoes a renovation that results in a more spacious, light-filled interior.
6 Simple Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation
Upgrading a kitchen is seldom a cheap endeavor, but you can save yourself a pretty penny by following these tips.
A Renovation Turns a Once-Abandoned Barcelona Building Into an Airy Home
The design team combined a Japanese sensibility and Spanish details with pine finishes and a red tile floor.
This May Be the Most Ecologically Ambitious Home Renovation on the Planet
On Bainbridge Island, off the Washington coast, Charlie Hellstern Interior Design and The Miller Hull Partnership create the...
The Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider for Your Kitchen Renovation
Whether it's tile, glass, stone, metal, brick, or wood, there's a wide variety of functional backsplash options out there to...
This 90-Square-Foot Kitchen Feels Airy After a Scandinavian-Style Renovation
L.A.-based design duo Taylor + Taylor juxtaposed board-formed concrete with blond cabinetry and statement tile for a wow worthy...
A 1957 Midcentury in Seattle Receives a Striking Makeover
By removing walls, inserting new windows, and using a lighter color palette, Mowery Marsh Architects give this historic home a...
An 11-Year Renovation Helps a Couple Grow Simpatico With the Original Homeowner’s Quirky Vision
An inspired, if poorly constructed, Los Angeles home gets a proper retrofit that preserves its many idiosyncrasies.
In Berlin, an Auto Repair Shop Becomes a High-Performance Home for a Painter and Her Family
Playing into the space’s raw, industrial character, Studio Karhard creates a loftlike dwelling with bohemian flair.
A Major Restoration Updated This Midcentury Landmark in Belgium
A Belgian couple abide by strict preservation rules to breathe new life into an International Style villa by architect Lucien...
6 Flooring Options to Consider for Your Next Kitchen Renovation
Let's face it: your kitchen floor probably gets the most action of any of the flooring in your house.
Before & After: A Country Home Blossoms in the Ruins of an Old Stone Barn
Type rehabs a rundown stone structure into an elegant dwelling—and then sets about rewilding its site in the English countryside.
A Minimalist Bungalow in Miami Welcomes a Sleek New Addition
In South Miami, a thoughtful revamp and extension embraces the outdoors on an intimate scale.
Outside Paris, a 19th-Century House Conceals a Minimalist Tableau Rich With Color
In a nature preserve, two creative directors design a colorful country home.
Before & After: An L.A. Loft in a Former Nabisco Factory Gets a Japanese-Inspired Makeover
Amanda Gunawan of OWIU Design turns a cookie-cutter space into an Asian-inflected haven with an industrial edge.
A Midcentury Home Renovation Celebrates Its Striking, Open-Truss Ceiling
Designed by a little-known architect in 1949, the now streamlined home honors its original bones.
An Antwerp Apartment Captures the Spirit of the Belle Époque
In Antwerp, Belgium, a historic flat is transformed into a bright and airy, dreamy oasis.
Fashion Designer Lezanne Viviers’s Johannesburg Digs Double as a Studio and Concept Store
The glass-fronted, 1960s gem acts as a display case for her eponymous label, vibrant artworks, and modernist furniture.
A Grand Victorian Glows Like a Lantern After a Luminous Retrofit
Timmins + Whyte carves out a sun-soaked haven in a heritage-listed Melbourne home.
A Midcentury Relic in Perth Gets a Gut Renovation—and the Results Are Stunning
With its modernist, ’60s flair preserved, the coastal family home now features flowing living spaces that combine bespoke...
A Victorian Home Takes Over the Ruins of an Old Parchment Factory in England
Will Gamble Architects revives a crumbling, 17th-century structure with a svelte addition of steel, brick, and glass.
Before & After: A Faux Mountain Inspired by Disneyland Caps This Riotous Renovation in London
Architect Mat Barnes transforms his Edwardian home into a postmodern playground of pattern and color.
Before & After: Curving Glass Walls Give This Traditional Beijing Home an Otherworldly Appeal
A derelict courtyard residence gets revitalized with a sinuous, glass-walled pathway.
A 17th-Century Building in the Swiss Alps Is Reimagined as a Residence, Rental, and Wine Bar
Designer Jonathan Tuckey reconfigures a stone-and-timber structure for contemporary living.
A Former Vegemite Warehouse in Sydney Is Transformed Into a Colorful Family Home
This warehouse conversion by Ian Moore Architects also features an equine genetics laboratory and an enormous garage filled with...
Before & After: This Historic Midcentury With a Slinky Roofline Debuts at Modernism Week 2020
Once destined for destruction, the Miles Bates House—better known as the Wave House for its curvy roof—will finally open to the...
A Dilapidated Workshop Becomes an Eclectic, Live/Work Haven for Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust
Artist couple Nick Cave and Bob Faust work with Carlo Parente Architecture to craft a creative space in a 1920s industrial...
A Giant Ribbon of Wood Wraps This Mind-Bending Parisian Apartment
Sculptural plywood walls weave new life into a 19th-century Parisian apartment while preserving its historic Haussmannien...
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.
Before & After: A Once-Stuffy Midcentury Is Refreshed With an Airy and Artsy Renovation
The home of two influencers in Laurel Canyon now shines with abundant natural light, subtle texture, and sculptural accents.
6 Affordable Tile Options to Amp Up Your Kitchen Renovation
Rock your kitchen renovation with these on-trend and on-budget tile options.
A Musty Attic is Transformed Into a Luminous Loft
In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.
Before & After: A Renovated Artist's Studio Is Now an Airy, Efficient Home
In Paris, a painter's granddaughter turns to Atelier Wilda to transform a 484-square-foot studio into a minimalist family home...

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