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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 Sleek Addition Lets a Melbourne Home and Garden Freely Merge
A Sleek Addition Lets a Melbourne Home and Garden Freely Merge
Zen Architects replace a poor-quality extension from the '80s with one that celebrates natural materials and outdoor connection.
By Melissa Dalton - a day ago
A Detached Garage Becomes a Winning “Granny Pad”
A Detached Garage Becomes a Winning “Granny Pad”
In Seattle, Best Practice Architecture converts a detached garage into a chic, standalone apartment for an aging family member.
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Before & After: A Rundown Brisbane Cottage Turns Into a Ravishing, Modern Home
Before & After: A Rundown Brisbane Cottage Turns Into a Ravishing, Modern Home
A design duo transform an 1871 Australian cottage into a bright and breezy home with a vibrant kitchen at its core.
 - 3 days ago
A Delicate Renovation Revives a ’70s Beach House in Northern California
A Delicate Renovation Revives a ’70s Beach House in Northern California
Butler Armsden Architects’ retooling of a Stinson Beach retreat allows one family to bask in the outdoors.
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An English Arts and Crafts Home Becomes Delightfully Modernized
An English Arts and Crafts Home Becomes Delightfully Modernized
In the rural town of Farnham, England, two interior designers restore a historic property into their own dream home by embracing its Arts and Crafts roots.
 - 3 days ago
A Luminous Plywood Addition Crowns This Mallorca Townhouse
A Luminous Plywood Addition Crowns This Mallorca Townhouse
City House by SMS Arquitectos features a second-floor townhouse extension that explores new possibilities with plywood.
 - 9 days ago
A Southern California Midcentury Gets a Serene, Japanese-Inspired Treatment
A Southern California Midcentury Gets a Serene, Japanese-Inspired Treatment
Lucas Design Associates and Graham Architecture renovate a 1961 midcentury in Laguna Beach, imbuing it with a rich, layered atmosphere that showcases the owners’ antique...
 - 5 days ago
Before & After: A 1952 Midcentury Becomes a Wondrous, Wheelchair-Accessible Home
Before & After: A 1952 Midcentury Becomes a Wondrous, Wheelchair-Accessible Home
After a tragic motorcycle accident, a couple renovate their home to meet new needs, while also launching a small business to assist other individuals with designing beautiful,...
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John Pawson Turns an Old Hospital and Convent Into a Luxe Hotel in Israel
John Pawson Turns an Old Hospital and Convent Into a Luxe Hotel in Israel
After an extensive renovation, the doors to Israel's beautifully designed Jaffa Hotel are officially open.
 - 7 days ago
Budget Breakdown: A SoCal Couple Revamp Their Fixer-Upper For $63K
Budget Breakdown: A SoCal Couple Revamp Their Fixer-Upper For $63K
Not afraid to get their hands dirty, a creative couple on a budget transformed their Mission Viejo bungalow into a chic abode for their growing family.
 - 8 days ago
A Two-Story Atrium Revamps This San Francisco Victorian Into an Airy, Modern Home
A Two-Story Atrium Revamps This San Francisco Victorian Into an Airy, Modern Home
While this 1907 home might look similar to its Victorian neighbors, just wait until you see inside.
 - 9 days ago
11 Ranch-Style Homes That Update the Western Classic
11 Ranch-Style Homes That Update the Western Classic
As one of America’s most important contributions to residential architecture, ranch homes embody both modernist ideas and the casual spirit of West Coast living.
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Budget Breakdown: A Humdrum Bathroom Gets a Retro-Chic Facelift For $17K
Budget Breakdown: A Humdrum Bathroom Gets a Retro-Chic Facelift For $17K
A client’s childhood love of terrazzo and minimalist living inspires a contemporary transformation of a dated master bath.
 - 12 days ago
A Small Manhattan Home Gains  Space With Two Cozy Lofts
A Small Manhattan Home Gains Space With Two Cozy Lofts
Nestled in a pre-war duplex in New York City, the historic apartment is treated to a modern makeover.
 - 17 days ago
An Architect Unites Three Brutalist Villas He Designed on Sardinia in the 1970s
An Architect Unites Three Brutalist Villas He Designed on Sardinia in the 1970s
Forty years after creating a cluster of utopic villas on Sardinia, an architect returns with a new team to create a single retreat.
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An Austrian Family Embraces a Plush 1970s Home in Need of a Little Love
An Austrian Family Embraces a Plush 1970s Home in Need of a Little Love
The Wittmann House—complete with sunken living room and indoor pool—underwent a fastidious restoration.
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An Old Post Office Becomes an Idyllic Beach Retreat in Victoria
An Old Post Office Becomes an Idyllic Beach Retreat in Victoria
A budget renovation relies on simple solutions to transform the building into a relaxing oasis.
 - 19 days ago
Light Floods This Dazzling Renovated Victorian in Australia
Light Floods This Dazzling Renovated Victorian in Australia
Templeton Architecture integrates steel-framed apertures throughout an 1890 home in Victoria to stunning effect.
 - 22 days ago
Budget Breakdown: A Prison Bus Becomes a Couple’s First Home For $26K
Budget Breakdown: A Prison Bus Becomes a Couple’s First Home For $26K
A young couple converts a 31-foot, 1989 Chevy B6P bus that was formerly a prison transport vehicle into a charming tiny home.
 - 23 days ago
An Ordinary Suburban Home in Vancouver Is Given a Modern Edge
An Ordinary Suburban Home in Vancouver Is Given a Modern Edge
When a West Vancouver couple called on an architect to build their family home, he delivered—he just had to change the roof first.
 - 23 days ago
Before & After: Augustine the Airstream Gets a Chic DIY Makeover
Before & After: Augustine the Airstream Gets a Chic DIY Makeover
Nate and Taylor Lavender give new life to their 34-foot, 1992 Airstream Excella 1000—creating a bright, inviting tiny home.
 - 24 days ago
An Art Deco Dwelling Receives a Sleek, Contemporary Extension
An Art Deco Dwelling Receives a Sleek, Contemporary Extension
Originally built in 1938, the revived Shadow House in Melbourne merges contemporary and Art Deco features.
 - 25 days ago
Before & After: A London Home Doubles as a Cheery Work Space
Before & After: A London Home Doubles as a Cheery Work Space
A Victorian abode is reinvented to accommodate family living and serve as the headquarters for artisanal brand The Small Home.
 - 25 days ago
Budget Breakdown: A Cramped Eichler Kitchen Gets a $49K Refresh
Budget Breakdown: A Cramped Eichler Kitchen Gets a $49K Refresh
In San Jose, California, interior designer Cathie Hong opens up a dim, confined kitchen to better serve a young family.
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A Monochromatic Palette Unifies Old and New in This Ukrainian Bachelor Pad
A Monochromatic Palette Unifies Old and New in This Ukrainian Bachelor Pad
Period elements combine with contemporary finishings in this old-meets-new renovation.
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A Grass-Topped Addition in England Connects Home and Garden
A Grass-Topped Addition in England Connects Home and Garden
A gray, brick extension and garden studio helps Oatlands in Surrey open up to a previously disconnected landscape.
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An Australian Home Relishes Sunshine With a New Extension
An Australian Home Relishes Sunshine With a New Extension
Thanks to an airy addition, a minimalist cottage becomes an indoor-outdoor paradise for a couple to raise their young kids, dogs, and chickens.
 - a month ago
A Saltbox Home Is Revamped to Embrace its Sublime Cove Setting
A Saltbox Home Is Revamped to Embrace its Sublime Cove Setting
A Brooklyn–based family enlists an architect to radically modernize their 1970s vacation home in Martha's Vineyard.
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Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple Rehab a Vermont Cabin For $18K
Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple Rehab a Vermont Cabin For $18K
Enterprising couple Jenny McClary and Allie Leepson give their snug Vermont cabin a DIY makeover, which is now available to rent.
 - a month ago
A Stone Retreat in France Gets a Sleek Glass Addition
A Stone Retreat in France Gets a Sleek Glass Addition
Architect Jean-Luc Etienne updates an old stone cottage near the coast of Brittany, France, with a glass extension and Vipp kitchen.
 - a month ago