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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

A Flemish Theater Turned Home in the Heart of Historic Antwerp Seeks $1.9M
A Flemish Theater Turned Home in the Heart of Historic Antwerp Seeks $1.9M
Originally built as a hotel circa 1860, the building features a stately staircase leading up to a loft-style attic apartment with soaring timber trusses.
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A Gleaming Glass “Tree Room” Grows Out of a 1970s Houston Home
Unicus Developments expands a former clergy house into a light-filled, contemporary family home.
Before & After: A Chicago Queen Anne Recovers From a Misguided 1960s Remodel
A talented team balances historic and modern elements in an 1885 Queen Anne that had been sabotaged in the ’60s.
A Victorian Home Takes Over the Ruins of an Old Parchment Factory in England
A Victorian Home Takes Over the Ruins of an Old Parchment Factory in England
Will Gamble Architects revives a crumbling, 17th-century structure with a svelte addition of steel, brick, and glass.
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Before & After: A Designer Mixes Asian and American Influences in Her Family’s San Francisco Kitchen
Donald Judd and Japanese shoji screens inspired designer Amy Kwok’s renovated kitchen in Noe Valley.
An Architect Revives a Dreary, Prefab A-Frame Cabin in the Hamptons for $300K
Architect Edgar Papazian turns a 1965 kit-of-parts cabin in Sag Harbor into a full-time home for his family.
Before & After: A Thorough Renovation Primes a Portland Home for Aging in Place
What starts as a kitchen remodel evolves into an aging-in-place program that transforms an entire home—and uncovers its history in the process.
An Old Stone Wall Props Up an Experimental Micro-Flat in Spain
The 323-square-foot apartment updates cave typology with bold colors and multifunctional spaces.
Before & After: A Vibrant Remodel Tunes Up an Australian Bungalow for a Family and Their Pets
A laid-back palette of wood and concrete—with energizing pops of red—defines a well-loved bungalow for a family of three.
A 200-Year-Old German Farmhouse Gets a Quirky, Glass-Fronted Addition
Three whitewashed volumes deliver daylight and improved functionality to a creative family’s historic home in Essen.
This Breezy Sydney Home Stands Strong Against Bushfires
This Breezy Sydney Home Stands Strong Against Bushfires
In the Western Sydney suburb of North Rocks, a sustainably renovated home embraces the outdoors in more ways than one.
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Budget Breakdown: A Murky 1920s Home in California Is Leveled Up for $232K
Unable to expand due to local planning restrictions, a couple ask Shands Studio to make their Fairfax residence feel sunny and streamlined.
An Elegant Backyard Pavilion Lets an Australian Home Soak Up the Sun
Moloney Architects fashions a brick-and-wood pavilion to bring light into a historic home in Victoria.
Before & After: An Eco-Friendly Family’s 400-Square-Foot Cottage Teems With Plant Life
A young couple, their son, and two rescue beagles model a grounded lifestyle from their Venice, California, tiny home.
These Radically Reimagined Shophouses in Singapore Break the Co-Living Mold
Inspired by the experimental spirit of L.A.’s Case Study Houses, these remodeled shophouses will upend your expectations for communal living.
A Soaring Atrium With a Perforated Roof Fills This Chinese Home With Dappled Light
Patterned light falls into the open heart of this alluring Jinhua City residence.
Before & After: An Art Nouveau Carriage House Is Reborn as a Luxe Barcelona Loft
Architect Kirsten Schwalgien converts the former stable of a famed Catalan modernist building into a contemporary loft.
Before & After: A Thoughtful Kitchen Remodel Balances Flourish and Function in a Portland Victorian
Dyer Studio reshapes a kitchen and mudroom in a 1902 Victorian home in Portland, while keeping its pedigreed character intact.
Before & After: A Humdrum Midcentury in Vancouver Gets an Origami-Like Addition
Measured Architecture opens up a ’50s split-level to spectacular views.
This Serene L.A. Bathroom Will Transport You to a Sun-Soaked Grecian Isle
A homeowner’s love for Santorini, Greece, became the inspiration for her master bathroom’s tranquil upgrade.
A Ballet Dancer’s Tiny Barbican Studio Has a Choreographed Routine of Its Own
With a budget of $13K, Intervention Architecture revamped a 388-square-foot flat into an airy home/ballet studio with shape-shifting furniture.
A 17th-Century Cottage Becomes a Boho Surf Retreat in England
Steps made of old railroad ties and flanked by handcrafted stone walls lead to the new surfboard room and below-grade living areas.
An Italian Apartment Riffs on a Mies van der Rohe Masterpiece
A block of deep green Verde Alpi marble and a glass-encased winter garden are all that divide the space.
An Efficient Renovation Makes the Most of a Compact Russian Garret
The attic apartment in St. Petersburg features a partial loft built into the French-style mansard roof.
This Renovated Phoenix Bungalow Is Bursting With Color and Geometric Details
A growing family enhances the original features of their historic home with playful, inventive touches—including an underground aquarium window that looks into the pool.
A Pair of Filmmakers Give Their San Francisco Edwardian a Sensuous Edit
Returning to the Presidio after two decades in New York, an auteur couple and their young daughters work with Geremia Design to create an evocative home.
A “Granny-Chic” London Victorian Shines After a Charred-Timber Retrofit
A budget-friendly remodel clears the air and connects a cramped Victorian to garden views.
Before & After: A Mixed-Up Montauk Beach House Gets a Sleek New Look
Brooklyn-based Descience Lab converts a “shabby-chic” beach house in the Hamptons into a timeless retreat.
Before & After: A Hudson Valley Farmhouse Masterfully Blends Vintage and Modern
Hendricks Churchill fine-tunes an 1860s farmhouse, balancing traditional charm with contemporary updates.
A Bright-Yellow Floor Beams New Life Into an Auckland Bungalow
A family’s sunny spirit defines a radiant extension with bold design choices.