Home Tours

Step inside the most incredible spaces in the modern world. From midcentury renovations, to off-the-grid cabins, to innovative prefabs, Dwell's home tours take you inside inspiring design projects that serve the contemporary lifestyle, lead the way on green initiatives, and incorporate smart technology. These stories illustrate excellence in modern home design the world over.

My House: No Surface Is Safe From Paint—or Wallpaper—in Marita White’s Wild Seattle Home
My House: No Surface Is Safe From Paint—or Wallpaper—in Marita White’s Wild Seattle Home
During the pandemic, the school teacher harnessed the power of color to transform her early-1900s home, and her life.
An Indoor/Outdoor Home in Oaxaca Plays With Neutral Tones and Natural Light
Espacio 18 Arquitectura designs a 700-square-foot residence inspired by the warm colors and textured materials of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Before & After: A Gloomy Brooklyn Brownstone Gets Spruced Up With Splashes of Color
Frederick Tang Architecture restores an 1896 brownstone’s historic details, but takes things a step further with exuberant accents, wallpaper, and decor.
Design Magic Makes This 137-Square-Foot Parisian Flat Look Larger Than It Is
Design Magic Makes This 137-Square-Foot Parisian Flat Look Larger Than It Is
Mirror, mirror on the wall—is this the tiniest apartment of them all?
A Writer and Filmmaker Builds a Forever Home on a Narrow Lot in East London
The three-level design by McMahon Architecture features flowing interiors, a series of courtyards, and gorgeous materials that coalesce into an urban oasis.
A Tiny Cabin Enhances a Family Retreat on the Edge of a Pine Forest in Southern France
The 376-square-foot Pine Nut Cabane by Daab Design adds a minimal guest suite with plywood interiors and matte-black finishes to a multigenerational family getaway.
A Cedar-Clad Home Catches Sea Breezes and California Sunshine
Architect Brett Farrow creates a wood-wrapped family home that celebrates coastal living.
A Family’s Retreat in Quebec Pulls Apart Cabin Conventions
Naturehumaine uses a pathway to split a cabin’s floor plan in two, but a unified material palette and gable roofline keep things visually connected.
A Knockout Brick Facade Shelters an Airy Home in Sydney
Brcar Morony Architecture deploys bespoke masonry to counter a noisy streetscape and privacy concerns.
A Shipping Container Home Rises on a Rocky Site Outside Stockholm
Architect Måns Tham collaborates with a young family to create an efficient and light-filled arrangement of eight shipping containers.
Before & After: A New York City Penthouse Gets a Dramatic Glow Up
Before & After: A New York City Penthouse Gets a Dramatic Glow Up
A medley of white oak and walnut and a reorganized floor plan elevate this Upper West Side renovation by Ammor Architecture.
A Pair of Hang Gliders Imagine a Home From a Bird’s-Eye View
In Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Francisco Pardo Arquitectos designs a brutalist bunker that disappears into the landscape.
An Understated A-Frame Does Double Duty in Southern Chile
Situated near a nature reserve in Puerto Varas, this dwelling by Iván Bravo Architects combines private and public spaces in a structure that is both rural and contemporary.
A Family Home in Melbourne Gets an Extension With a Timber Brise-Soleil
In renovating a gabled residence, Architecture Architecture creates a wedge-shaped eave that guards the interiors from harsh summer sun.
Before & After: A Decrepit 1970s A-Frame in Minnesota Is Reborn as a Cozy Family Escape
Taiga Design + Build introduces Kebony siding and Scandinavian vibes to a charming but dilapidated cabin on Lake Superior.
An Australian Tiny Home Built From Recycled Materials Reaches New Heights With an Expandable Roof
Designer Nick Lane and builder Aaron Shields devise a 128-square-foot, transportable dwelling using local hardwoods, volcanic bluestone, steel, and glass.
A Holiday Home in the Mediterranean Takes Cues From a Nearby Castle
Architect Alexis Papadopoulos designs an airy counterpart to a medieval tower using prefab panels, timber, and windows that open wide to the landscape.
My House: There’s a Place for Everything in Organization Expert Shira Gill’s Berkeley Bungalow
The author of “Minimalista” shares tips for clearing clutter, elevating your space, and promoting wellness at home.
Original Tile Sets the Stage for a Family’s Apartment Revamp in Barcelona
Atzur Arquitectura kept the 1930s flat’s original details, like barrel-vaulted ceilings and a mix of patterned floor tiles, but rearranged the interiors to maximize light.
A South African Home With a Green Roof Opens Completely to the Landscape
Two brothers utilize vernacular building techniques to create the Witklipfontein Eco Lodge on a working farm near Vredefort Dome.
This Modernist Seaside Retreat in Cornwall Is One Couple’s Retirement Plan
A renovation with coastal views brings a tidy wooden box—and a dose of contemporary cozy—to a neighborhood of traditional cottages.
A Hamptons Beach House Gets a Minimalist Makeover With Midcentury Vibes
Architectural designer Sarah Reilly of Studio Rozu draws inspiration from Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 beach house to make her surf shack dreams come true.
A Family’s Home in Remote New Zealand Leans Into Passive House Design
Rafe Maclean Architects uses low-cost materials and a few green-building tricks to help a family in the Otago region stay within budget.
Before & After: Two Architects Transform Their Chicago Condo With Wonderful Woodwork
Architects Annabell Ren and Steven Karvelius take a DIY approach to outfitting their Lincoln Park home during the pandemic.
A Minimalist Home in Spain Is Designed to Capture the Warmth of the Sun
Architecture studio Sara Acebes Anta experiments with an absorptive building material in this all-white residence on the outskirts of Valladolid, Spain.
Two Designers Build an Idyllic Cabin—and a Lifelong Friendship—in an Oregon Forest
Though this 190-square-foot hideaway is a solo retreat, the act of creating it proved to be uniting, not isolating, for Rico Castillero and Duane Reed.
In Amsterdam, Where Homes Stand Cheek by Jowel, an Architect’s Renovation Finds the Light
Jeroen Spee of Studio Prototype takes inspiration from a Roman domus to turn a two-unit building into one glowing residence for his own family.
Budget Breakdown: A $614K Renovation Carves Up an L.A. Bungalow Like a Slice of Swiss Cheese
Shin Shin Architecture brings playful porosity and a fresh ADU to a 1923 single-family home.
An Old Garden Inspires a Passive House in the English Countryside
London firm McLean Quinlan built out from a dilapidated brick wall that once enclosed a garden, creating an energy-efficient home with an elegant facade.
A Geometric Montreal Home Creates a Sense of Grandeur With a Small Footprint
Designers Nicholas Francoeur and Joel Fontaine Lortie renovate a single-story dwelling, utilizing double-height ceilings to maximize light and generate visual connections between...