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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Merging Inside and Out, an L.A. Firm Modernizes a 1940s Abode
Merging Inside and Out, an L.A. Firm Modernizes a 1940s Abode
When HH Design first saw this compact, 1940s stucco home outside Santa Monica, California, its street appeal was nonexistent.
 - a year ago
An Unused Garage Is Transformed Into a Light-Filled Backyard Studio
An Unused Garage Is Transformed Into a Light-Filled Backyard Studio
An inspiring renovation gives new life to a San Francisco family's old, unused garage.
 - a year ago
A Pair of Designers Renovate Their Brooklyn Brownstone With a Bright Monochromatic Palette
A Pair of Designers Renovate Their Brooklyn Brownstone With a Bright Monochromatic Palette
With a monochromatic makeover, a pair of designers revive a common Brooklyn brownstone apartment.
 - a year ago
A Portland Couple Renovate a 1982 RV, Turning It Into Their New Home
A Portland Couple Renovate a 1982 RV, Turning It Into Their New Home
When Liz Kamarul first set her eyes on a 1982 Winnebago for sale a few blocks from her home in Portland, Oregon, she saw past the dingy wood laminate cabinets and the dirty beige...
 - a year ago
A Converted Ink Factory in Downtown Indianapolis Asks $2.6M
A Converted Ink Factory in Downtown Indianapolis Asks $2.6M
The 6,275-square-foot residence boasts bright, open interiors in an industrial shell.
 - a year ago
A Dilapidated Home in New Delhi Is Transformed Into a School That Fosters Creativity
A Dilapidated Home in New Delhi Is Transformed Into a School That Fosters Creativity
A derelict New Delhi residence gets a second chance at life—becoming a unique place where children will learn, create, and grow.
 - a year ago
The Rejuvenated Austin Motel Welcomes Guests With Upbeat, Midcentury-Modern Vibes
The Rejuvenated Austin Motel Welcomes Guests With Upbeat, Midcentury-Modern Vibes
Liz Lambert and her hospitality group Bunkhouse give the South Congress Avenue mainstay a makeover that celebrates its roots.
 - a year ago
A Renovated Pagan House in the Swiss Alps Puts Guests in Touch With the Past
A Renovated Pagan House in the Swiss Alps Puts Guests in Touch With the Past
A sprinkling of modernity resurrects an exquisite medieval alpine home.
 - a year ago
These 7 Vintage Airstreams Were Transformed Into Modern Escapes
These 7 Vintage Airstreams Were Transformed Into Modern Escapes
Airstream trailers may have emerged in the 1930s and become iconic of the 1950s, but today, owners and designers are revamping classic Airstreams with a contemporary, modern flair.
 - a year ago
An Interior Designer Launches Her Career by Renovating Her Family’s Midcentury Eichler
An Interior Designer Launches Her Career by Renovating Her Family’s Midcentury Eichler
In a midcentury Eichler in Sunnyvale, California, a designer opens up the interior by connecting it to its surrounding picturesque views.
 - a year ago
Part Apartment, Part Boutique Hotel, Eden Locke Brings a New Brand of Comfort to Edinburgh
Part Apartment, Part Boutique Hotel, Eden Locke Brings a New Brand of Comfort to Edinburgh
Designed by lauded architects Grzywinski+Pons, the new aparthotel features impeccable interiors, bespoke furnishings, and thoughtful amenities.
 - a year ago
A Refurbished, Victorian-Era Brick Tower in Hampshire
A Refurbished, Victorian-Era Brick Tower in Hampshire
When two equestrians resettle, a sagging water tower is part of the bargain.
 - a year ago
Rising From the Ruins: Homes Built on Architectural Remains
Rising From the Ruins: Homes Built on Architectural Remains
While the English word ruin comes from the Latin "ruina"—meaning “destruction” or “downfall”—ruins can be the literal and figurative foundations for stunning new contemporary...
 - a year ago
A Suffolk Barn Home With Soaring Ceilings Listed at $1.95M
A Suffolk Barn Home With Soaring Ceilings Listed at $1.95M
Comprised of farm buildings laid out in a cruciform plan with a courtyard in the middle, this converted barn with cathedral-like proportions brings the bucolic spirit of the...
 - a year ago
Unexpected Bursts of Color Enliven a Midcentury Pad in Australia
Unexpected Bursts of Color Enliven a Midcentury Pad in Australia
In a midcentury home in Victoria, Australia, an interior designer embraces color and a connection to the outdoors.
 - a year ago
A Once-Derelict London House Restored With Modern Elegance
A Once-Derelict London House Restored With Modern Elegance
This older West London home must have once seemed beyond repair.
 - a year ago
Fully Renovated, Wimbledon House by Richard Rogers Hosts New Architecture Fellows in London
Fully Renovated, Wimbledon House by Richard Rogers Hosts New Architecture Fellows in London
Lord Rogers donated the 1960s-era residence, originally designed for his parents, to the Harvard Graduate School of Design as the epicenter of a new fellowship program for...
 - a year ago
An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment
An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment
In Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, where space is tight and the cost of a home averages close to $1,000 per square foot, architect Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop dug up...
 - a year ago
8 Ways to Renovate an Airstream
8 Ways to Renovate an Airstream
The iconic, and slightly atomic, form of the shiny silver Airstream is embedded in our cultural and design milieu.
 - a year ago
Old Meets New in This Modern Extension to an Edwardian House in Melbourne
Old Meets New in This Modern Extension to an Edwardian House in Melbourne
Ninety-nine years after this 1915 Edwardian-era house was built, Australian firm Preston Lane transformed the interior via a remodel and extension that deftly blends old and new.
 - a year ago
How to Save Historic Windows on an Existing Property
How to Save Historic Windows on an Existing Property
Along with bringing natural light into a home, windows also act as the building's eyes, allowing the residents to look out into the world.
 - a year ago
7 Repurposed Churches Around the World
7 Repurposed Churches Around the World
With their stained-glass windows, vaulted ceilings, open-floor plans, and intriguing history, churches that are repurposed into homes have become more and more desirable across...
 - a year ago
Formerly a Historic Bank, This Amsterdam Hotel Honors its Stately Roots
Formerly a Historic Bank, This Amsterdam Hotel Honors its Stately Roots
Amsterdam-based firm Office Winhov converts the landmark Kas Bank building into an extension of the sumptuous W Hotel.
 - a year ago
The Stunningly Restored Hassrick Residence by Richard Neutra Hits the Market at $2.2M
The Stunningly Restored Hassrick Residence by Richard Neutra Hits the Market at $2.2M
The iconic architect’s midcentury modern home in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood faced demolition before being rescued and thoughtfully rehabbed—and is now once again up...
 - a year ago
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Private Sanctuary With These Upgrades
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Private Sanctuary With These Upgrades
Moen’s wide array of faucet and accessory options and its innovative shower solution come together to orchestrate a customized, spa-like bathroom experience.
 - a year ago
Remodeling the Town Miller’s House From 1844
Remodeling the Town Miller’s House From 1844
Built in 1844, this 2,700-square-foot house—which once belonged to a town miller—is transformed into a modern family home with high ceilings and an unusual open-plan layout.
 - a year ago
This Renovated Sea Ranch Retreat Is an Absolute Must-See
This Renovated Sea Ranch Retreat Is an Absolute Must-See
A couple enlist Butler Armsden Architects and Leverone Design to reimagine their home as a multigenerational meeting point.
 - 2 years ago
7 Bathroom Renovation Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Space
7 Bathroom Renovation Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Space
Gone are the days of bathrooms simply being utilitarian spaces.
 - 2 years ago
8 Times Historical Architecture Took a Walk on the Modern Side
8 Times Historical Architecture Took a Walk on the Modern Side
Traditional architecture is something that can and should be preserved whenever possible.
 - 2 years ago
A Renovated Flat in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67
A Renovated Flat in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67
A flat renovated by a pair of fashion insiders breathes new life into architect Moshe Safdie's iconic Habitat '67 building.
 - 6 years ago