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 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.
Dwell Store Gift Guide: For Her
Although she probably hasn’t told you, we’re pretty sure she has plenty of scarves already.
Art in Residence
Matt Randall, founder and CEO of Twyla, has launched an online space where consumers are freed from the often "disappointing 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...
10 Radical Ideas for Improving Our Environment
In the face of often pessimistic news screens about leaking oil pipelines, clear-cut forests, and unsustainable farming, it’s...
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 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.
Before and After: A Renovated Artist's Studio Is Now an Airy, Efficient Home
In Paris, a painter's granddaughter turns a 484-square-foot studio into a minimalist family home that abounds with smart storage...
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.
curio 6: behind the scenes
curio 6: Behind the...
curio 6: think knit
Knitwear can conjure a quaint image of old ladies stitching and bitching, but in reality it’s a sophisticated, tactile art form.
6 Modern Homes on the Water
Seaside or lakeside, waterfront houses evoke a sense of peace. Here are 6 of our favorites.
The Making of Screenplay: Part 6
Jenny Wu, a partner at Oyler Wu Collaborative, documents the process from design through fabrication of their latest...
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.
6 Illuminating Reading Lamps
If your manuscript is far from being illuminated, it’s time to drop the task at hand and find a new lamp to read by.
Motel 6 Makeover
It's been said more than once since the recession began that a down economy breeds creativity, born from heightened...
Our Renovation
Every night I said, “Trust me, sweetheart, this is going to be amazing, beautiful,...
Dwell Reviews 6 Modern Desks
The right workspace can transform your creative life. Dwell puts six desks to the test.