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.

An Old Garden Inspires a Passive House in the English Countryside
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...
Before & After: This Late ’70s London Home Was Designed to Be Taken Apart
A (mostly) DIY reno by an English family and MAP Architecture fulfills the destiny of a timber-frame “self-build” home in Lewisham.
An Australian Builder’s Cramped Family Cottage Gets an Industrial-Inspired Extension
An Australian Builder’s Cramped Family Cottage Gets an Industrial-Inspired Extension
In Melbourne’s Newport suburb, OOF! Architecture leads a skillful remodel packed with playful surprises like exposed trusses, a gantry walkway, and a hidden dog tunnel.
Twice as Nice
Within the mix of warehouses, detached brick bungalows, and dusty pubs of the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Alexandria, local architect David Langston-Jones has built an intricate...
A Rambling Fishing Retreat in Montana Cuts Through Cabin Conventions
The Silhouette House by Lazor/Office is a two-part wood, glass, and steel building united by a sprawling system of decks and walkways.
A Brooklyn Loft Renovation Eschews Walls to Keep Things Bright and Flexible
New Affiliates brings subtle definition to the Williamsburg home without taking away from the structure’s cast-iron and brick bones.
This Swedish A-Frame With a Flourish Excels in All Seasons
A sweeping roofline creates a surprisingly spacious interior for this holiday home located eight hours north of Stockholm.
A Group of Brutalist Townhomes Brings a Bit of Relief to a Canadian City’s Overheated Housing Market
Created by D’Arcy Jones Architects and Ryan Goodman of Aryze Developments, Pearl Block provides a middle ground for six families in Victoria, British Columbia.
Budget Breakdown: Partway Through a Renovation, the Potential of This Atlanta Home Becomes Clear
Local designer and artist Briana Babani creates a luminous dream home from a once neglected and dreary interior.
Ahead of Retirement, a Los Angeles Couple Reimagine Their Home for What’s Next
Ahead of Retirement, a Los Angeles Couple Reimagine Their Home for What’s Next
Aanda Architects and HYCArch turn a single-story Spanish-style residence into an idyllic haven for aging in place.
A 17th-Century Stone Home in Spain Gets a Modern-Day Glow Up
A pandemic lockdown affords a young couple the opportunity to create a charmingly uncomplicated home in the Catalan countryside.
Before & After: A Design-Savvy Couple Turn a Worn-Down Brownstone Into a Minimalist Home
Few homeowners have as clear a vision of how to compose a design brief as Trish and Andrew McKechnie. Just ask their architect, David Cunningham.
A Rock Drummer With an Eye for Modernism Tunes Up a Los Angeles Midcentury
Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys has a penchant for throwback film and design; interior designer Corinne Mathern used it to revive an L.A. classic.
A Panoramic Passive House Rises in the Mountains Above Madrid
Barcelona-based Slow Studio builds a bioclimatic home for a couple who work with the United Nations.
A Melbourne Architect Imagines a New Home for Her Sister’s Family
With firm partner Rene Lieu, Sara Tonini of Mani Architecture creates a black facade that hides an array of textured and colorful spaces.
This Vermont Passive House Is Built From the Forest That Surrounds It
Architect Robert Swinburne deploys a collaborative building approach and hyperlocal materials to craft a home that celebrates the land it’s built on.
Budget Breakdown: A New Zealand Architect Builds a Passive House for His Family for $490K
Drawing on a simple material palette of plywood and corrugated metal, architect Rafe Maclean designs a certified Passive House on a steep, challenging lot in Dunedin.
Jens Risom’s Legacy Lives On at His Son’s Block Island Prefab
Built to Passive House standards, the New England home of Tom Risom and Pamela Austen is a trove of modernist design.
An Airy Taipei Apartment Soaks Up Sunlight With Striking Screens
Bright-yellow louvers and rattan partitions provide the perfect mix of privacy and daylighting for a high-rise flat in the Neihu District.
A Prefab Retreat in Iceland Is Positioned for Jaw-Dropping Views
The Scandinavian-inspired design by Manta North is tucked neatly between an extinct volcano and the Atlantic, where exceptional scenery is in no short supply.
Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Home in L.A. Gets a Showstopping Makeover
Green carpeting, begone—after a revamp by A1000xBetter, this Studio City dwelling glows with white oak detailing and a whole new flow.
A Tiny Home in Washington Captures the Serenity of the West Coast
In Battle Ground, Washington, Matt and Elizabeth Impola create a chic retreat with French doors, bright, airy interiors, and a calming color palette.
Before & After: A Ranch-Style Home in San Jose Gets an Infusion of Caribbean Cool
To renovate the suburban California residence, interior designer Cathie Hong introduced a color palette that evokes the family’s tropical heritage.
A Multifamily Getaway in Portugal Plays With Indoor/Outdoor Spaces
Estúdio Amatam creates a bright, geometric holiday home for two families in a coastal village near Lisbon.
This Three-Story Home in the Catskills Is Modeled After a Watchtower
Dwell held a contest to find the next must-visit listing on Airbnb, and this is it—introducing the Hudson Lookout.
Two Shipping Containers Form a Cozy Live/Work Cabin in Poland
The prefab design by Wiercinski Studio looks right at home tucked into its lush surrounds, but it was born to roam.
Before & After: Twinning Homes in Melbourne Go From Ramshackle to Ravishing
Mairead Murphy of Maike Design renovates two matching houses on the same block in Brunswick East, imbuing each with its own distinct character.
This Tiny Home’s Furniture Folds Into a Wall to Save Space
Designed by Trias, the 215-square-foot Minima prefab packs the versatility of a Swiss army knife.
A Pair of Mirrored Cabins Vanish Into the Woods of Quebec
Reflective facades camouflage these prefabs in their forested setting, giving visitors a new way to escape.