Renovations

Before & After. Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces. Take notes on these revamped spaces—from whole-house overhauls to kitchen and bath remodels, these projects reinforce the wisdom of working with what you've got.

Color, Curves, and Verve Combine at an Architect’s Playful Brooklyn Loft
Color, Curves, and Verve Combine at an Architect’s Playful Brooklyn Loft
Building prototypes by hand helped Antonio Monserrat explore form and function in the making of his imaginative pad in Williamsburg.
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A Family’s Forsaken Stone Farmhouse in Spain Is Delicately Restored
Returning to old stomping grounds, two siblings enlist Acabadomate to revive the 19th-century residence in Catalonia.
Before & After: A Couple’s Careful Restoration of an L.A. Midcentury Earns It Landmark Status
Acting as their own general contractors, the homeowners respectfully update architect Doug Rucker’s redwood-clad Hogan Residence.
A Toronto Couple Turn an Abandoned Schoolhouse Into an Elegant Country Getaway
A Toronto Couple Turn an Abandoned Schoolhouse Into an Elegant Country Getaway
Architect Brian O’Brian revives the 147-year-old structure to feature a cedar-and-glass dining pavilion that cantilevers off the end.
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A Two-Decade Renovation Recasts a Derelict Home as an Artists’ Live/Work Haven
Warren Techentin Architecture turns a wonky Los Angeles home and bungalows into the perfect place for the owners to work and raise a family.
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.
A Cleaned-Up Cornwall Cottage Maintains Its Funky Maritime Charm
A sensitive renovation by Jonathan Tuckey Design celebrates the history, setting, and imperfections of a 400-year-old cottage in Cornwall.
This Melbourne Mullet Renovation Is a Mood—and It Starts in the Kitchen
On a double lot in the Carlton neighborhood of Melbourne, a family of foodies cook up their dream home.
A Vibrant Retrofit Breathes New Life Into a Dilapidated 19th-Century House in Paris
A lively color palette, graphic tiles, and custom woodwork enhance the Parisian charm of this one-of-a-kind residence.
Before & After: A “Higgledy-Piggledy” Beach House in Australia Becomes a Streamlined Retreat
In their renovation of a dilapidated midcentury home on the Tweed Coast, DFJ Architects showcases a monumental stone chimney.
Budget Breakdown: A Couple Turn a Humdrum Home Into a Hygge Haven for $243K
Budget Breakdown: A Couple Turn a Humdrum Home Into a Hygge Haven for $243K
Alli Devlin, her husband, and her architect cousin spruce up a riverside home outside Seattle.
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Before & After: An Architect Upgrades a Blah Berkeley Bungalow With a Stylish Addition
By adding 450 square feet of space, architect Rudabeh Pakravan was able to completely reimagine her family’s 1926 home in West Berkeley, California.
A Curvaceous Revamp Fills a Dark Sydney Terrace House With Light and Harbor Views
Stafford Architecture sculpts the interior of a Darling Point home to provide soaring ceilings and views of Rushcutters Bay.
Before & After: A Seattle Midcentury Sloughs Off Its Unsightly Finishes
Design studio Le Whit peels away decades’ worth of dated remodels at this 1958 residence in View Ridge.
Before & After: A Snazzy Addition Rejuvenates a Queen Anne Victorian in Pittsburgh
A couple who love to entertain add 400 square feet to their 19th-century home, making room for a streamlined kitchen and a peppy new lounge.
An Art Deco–Inspired Extension Graces a 1930s Cottage in Melbourne
Navigating a tricky site, Mihaly Slocombe turns a lackluster cottage into a luminous, eco-friendly family home.
Clean, Precise Interiors Complement the 17th-Century Shell of a Italian Seafarer’s Apartment
With a fluid, meandering plan, House for a Sea Dog is the perfect antidote to the homeowner’s cramped quarters on water.
Before & After: A Blissful Update Reinvents a 1960s Alexander Home in Palm Springs
Listed for $880K, the modernized post-and-beam home embodies quintessential Palm Springs style.
Before & After: Divine Details Help Streamline a Designer Couple’s L.A. Bungalow
A husband-and-wife team create a simple, understated home that inspires a sense of calm.
Rental Revamp: A Comedian’s L.A. Digs Get a Plush, Boudoir Treatment
Punchy colors and playful textures up the glamour in writer Mamrie Hart’s bungalow.
Before & After: A Terrace House in Melbourne Takes an Unexpected Turn
Architect Rebecca Naughtin carves out a curvaceous kitchen in her foodie clients’ heritage home.
A Sleek Addition Hides Behind a Federation-Era Facade in Sydney
Heritage details cascade into a minimalist composition of glass and blackened timber in this renovation by Studio Prineas.
A Father-Daughter Duo Lovingly Revamp a ’70s Airstream on Vancouver Island
Interior designer Markie Miller and furniture builder Lance Price give an old tin can a second life as a rustic family retreat.
Before & After: A Creative Couple Revive a 1950s Cabin in the Catskills
Black cedar siding gives way to bright interiors in the idyllic Highland Bungalow.
A Cor-Ten Steel Home Rocks Heavy Metal Vibes in the Netherlands
A multidisciplinary team turns an early 1900s garage in Utrecht into an artful home made of wood, brick, and Cor-Ten steel.
A Kids’ Escape Route Puts the “Fun” in Functional at This Reimagined Melbourne Cottage
Secret passageways and surprise design elements abound in this playful home renovation for an active family of five.
Before & After: An Enlivened DC Residence Now Channels California Cool
Once overlooked and overgrown, this 1962 home now features sunlit rooms and thoughtful outdoor spaces.
Budget Breakdown: A 1988 Jayco Motor Home Gets a Gleaming Retrofit for $5,700
A creative couple combine their talents to give a camper a retro-inspired revamp.
Before & After: Two Former Circus Performers Remodel Their Home Like a Refined Big Top
This hillside residence in Seattle tempers three-ring spectacle with the restraint of Japanese design to fix a disjointed plan.
This 350-Square-Foot NYC Apartment Has Plenty of Room to Entertain
Space-saving design tricks turn a tiny Manhattan apartment into a place for a couple to host without holding back.