Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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.

An Unloved Loft Is Brought Back to Life for a Newlywed Couple
An Unloved Loft Is Brought Back to Life for a Newlywed Couple
New finishes, built-ins, and pops of color restore vim and vigor to the space.
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A Timber-Heavy Apartment in Spain Is Anything but Wooden
In Santander, Zooco Estudio joined fresh millwork with original beams to enliven a historic space with smart partitions and plenty of built-in storage.
Before & After: A SoCal Surfer’s Choppy Kitchen Catches a New Wave
Designer Lisa Carolla streamlines her space for post-beach bites, communal cooking, and everyday living in Encinitas.
An Artist and Her Builder Husband Shake the Dust Out of an Old Fisherman’s Shack in Tasmania
An Artist and Her Builder Husband Shake the Dust Out of an Old Fisherman’s Shack in Tasmania
The seaside setting had it all, so the couple made a few updates to the ’80s structure to make the most of it: larger windows, new decking, and a firepit overlooking the ocean.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect’s £224K Remodel Makes a Splash With Pastel Tile
Inspired by a David Hockney painting, Grant Straghan colors his London home in soothing tones of seafoam and rose.
A Family’s Milanese Apartment Is Reimagined With Miles of Tiles
A white-and-blue honeycomb pattern runs the length of its central corridor to mesmerizing effect.
Sea Green and Curved Glass Give a Melbourne Extension Aquatic Vibes
The new kitchen, dining, and living space features brick washed in a submarine hue and a glass wall that wraps a courtyard like a fishbowl.
An Architect Scrapes Away Decades of Paint to Polish Up a Brutalist Gem
Oliver Grimshaw finds his modernist dream home, hiding in plain sight.
My House: A Designer Couple Treat Their Eichler to a Refresh With Funky, Vintage Style
Greg Ledesma and Paula Ayala display their passion for all things midcentury with their online shop, and through their restored Southern California home.
Clever Planning Makes Use of Every Corner of a Compact Villa in Spain
Barcelona studio Forma transformed an unusual triangular layout into a home with a surprising sense of space and light.
How a Landmark Marcel Breuer Building Became a Groundbreaking, Energy-Conscious Hotel
How a Landmark Marcel Breuer Building Became a Groundbreaking, Energy-Conscious Hotel
After years left in disrepair, the brutalist Pirelli Building in New Haven, Connecticut, has been converted into a 165-room getaway that claims it will be the country’s first...
Two Outdated Flats Become One ’80s-Inspired Apartment in Milan
Atelierzero connects side-by-side units using blues, pinks, neutral finishes, and an arched hallway.
An Architect Couple’s Experimental Home Is an Ode to Recycled Materials
Over 15 years, the cofounders of Splinter Society give a tiny worker’s cottage in Melbourne a gleaming goth makeover.
Before & After: A Storied Midcentury Home Begins a New Chapter on Its 70th Anniversary
Architect Robert Swatt sets out to preserve a classic John Carl Warnecke house while carrying it into the present.
An Indoor/Outdoor Renovation Revives an Oakland Home’s Spirit of Connection
Updates over the years left it sealed off, so Sidell Pakravan Architects created open living spaces that flow out to a generous deck for a family to gather.
Before & After: A Couple Give a Treasured Family Home a Fresh Start—Furniture and All
In São Paulo, architect Alexandre Skaff restores fixtures and furniture while updating a midcentury apartment that once belonged to his husband’s grandmother.
This Revamped Seattle Midcentury Is a “Riff on the Original Melody”
Cast Architecture tunes up a 1955 home’s finishes and flow while allowing its classic details to sing.
Before & After: A Rural Home on the California Coast Exudes Simplicity in Materials and Mindset
A new addition makes it possible for kids to have their own space, while still being close to their parents.
Before & After: A Brick Hayloft in England Gets a Breakthrough Renovation
Simon Knight Architects turns a historic building into a contemporary family home by sprucing up its exterior and rejiggering the ground floor.
Before & After: A Tumbledown Carriage House Is Revived as a Vibrant Space for Entertaining
Architect Colleen Healey creates a colorful and spacious home for a design-savvy family that likes to host.
How a Terraced Garden Helped a Brooklyn Home Rise to the Occasion
The bottom floor of this townhouse renovation now connects to the outdoors via a new ADU office.
An Uninspired Los Angeles Yard Became a Lush, Wheelchair-Ready Landscape With a Saltwater Pool
The couple who own the house filled their outdoor space with winding paths and fragrant plants.
An Outdoorsy Family’s Bay Area Midcentury Gets an Era-Defying Update
Architect Emily Jagoda revives a 1960 residence in Woodside, California, with playful elements geared toward the kids and adults alike.
A 19th-Century Paris Apartment Building Gets a Refined Addition With a Rooftop Garden
The new elevation by local firm Rotunno Justman comprises two 645-square-foot units that harmonize with the existing structure and evoke a sense of nature for the residents.
In London, a Dramatic Blue Stairway Amps Up the Allure of an Actor’s Apartment
Patalab Architects spices up a closed-off stair room with one part natural light and another part saturated hue.
Before & After: The Tide Turns for a Washed-Up Coastal Home Near Vancouver
A thoughtful renovation by Andrea McLean Studio gives new life to a dilapidated house in White Rock, British Columbia.
Before & After: A Single Door Connects This San Francisco Bungalow’s Past With Its Future
“You feel like you’re walking through a time machine,” says architect Robert Edmonds.
A Bay Area Renovation Carves Away Space to Reveal a Luminous Family Home
In Atherton, California, the aptly named Void House carefully subtracts space—and reduces the existing footprint—in this unconventional transformation.
This Tiny Taipei Apartment Feels Like It’s Floating in the Clouds
2Books Design turns a dark two-level residence into an airy home and workspace for a couple and their two cats.
Before & After: Fresh Finishes Bring a Bay Area Eichler Into the Future
Gast Architects revamps a classic California home that hadn’t been updated since it was originally built in 1956.