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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Opened House
Opened House
A few years after moving into their stocky, cavelike 1970s bi-level 20 miles southeast of Milwaukee, JJ and Eric Edstrom decided it was time to renovate.
 - 10 years ago
A Ranch House Kitchen Renovation
A Ranch House Kitchen Renovation
For their lakeside retreat in northwestern Michigan, Keith and Mary Campbell renovated a 1970s ranch house to include a spacious kitchen-dining room.
 - 6 years ago
A Neutra Renovation in Los Angeles
A Neutra Renovation in Los Angeles
Architect Peter Grueneisen of Nonzero Architecture takes on revamping a classic.
 - 4 years ago
How a Bungalow Went from Bland to Brilliant
How a Bungalow Went from Bland to Brilliant
When artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson teamed up with architects Escher GuneWardena for a full-scale renovation, they bestowed a remarkable view upon an unremarkable...
 - 3 years ago
Run-Down Row House in Boston Becomes a Quiet Urban Escape with Two Green Roofs
Run-Down Row House in Boston Becomes a Quiet Urban Escape with Two Green Roofs
A young architect transforms a small row house into a deceptively roomy family home.
 - 4 years ago
A Run-Down Farmhouse Becomes a Sleek Modern Retreat
A Run-Down Farmhouse Becomes a Sleek Modern Retreat
Jacek Kolasiński took on a massive renovation project in his dream neighborhood.
 - 3 years ago
A Mind-Bending Renovation Brings a Bold, Modern Addition to an Old Farmhouse
A Mind-Bending Renovation Brings a Bold, Modern Addition to an Old Farmhouse
Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume...
 - 4 years ago
Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside
Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside
An interior designer in Portland updates a 1950s home by a celebrated local architect.
 - 4 years ago
A 1930s Tudor Home Brightens Up in Toronto
A 1930s Tudor Home Brightens Up in Toronto
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
 - 2 years ago
A Tiny House Remodel in a Bohemian L.A. Canyon
A Tiny House Remodel in a Bohemian L.A. Canyon
On a tight budget, a designer helps an indie film director maximize his small space.
 - 4 years ago
Eichler Remodel in Burlingame, California
Eichler Remodel in Burlingame, California
After commissioning Klopf Architecture to design an addition to their ranch-style property more than 10 years ago, a Burlingame, California, couple with three children started...
 - 5 years ago
North Vancouver House Renovation
North Vancouver House Renovation
In North Vancouver, Canadian architects Scott & Scott have breathed new life into an aging mid-century home.
 - 2 years ago
This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
A surprisingly modern addition transforms an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, into a spacious and sensuous abode.
 - 3 years ago
This Converted Barn in the English Countryside Stays True to its Historic Roots
This Converted Barn in the English Countryside Stays True to its Historic Roots
In a life-changing move, homeowners Hannah Smith and Jeremy Witt reside in a caravan in the rural landscape of Suffolk, England, to oversee the restoration of a crumbling barn...
 - 2 years ago
A Clever Belgian Couple Renovate Their Aging Brick Home
A Clever Belgian Couple Renovate Their Aging Brick Home
By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop.
 - 5 years ago
A Neglected Brooklyn Townhouse Becomes a Home That’s Primed for Entertaining
A Neglected Brooklyn Townhouse Becomes a Home That’s Primed for Entertaining
At more than 150 years old, this structure was a ruin when the architect and her clients found it. Now it's a stunning home designed with a growing family and hosting in mind.
 - 3 years ago
Playful Materials Refresh a Dated Hollywood Home
Playful Materials Refresh a Dated Hollywood Home
To avoid major reconstruction, JAC Interiors employed bright colors and eclectic textures to create a fresh, vibrant atmosphere at this Sunset Strip residence.
 - 4 years ago
A Loving Renovation Updates a Rustic Family Home with Reclaimed Materials
A Loving Renovation Updates a Rustic Family Home with Reclaimed Materials
A couple renovates one of their childhood homes to suit their modern taste, while preserving some sentimental value.
 - 3 years ago
A Two-Story Addition Turned a Bachelor Pad Into a Comfortable Home For Two
A Two-Story Addition Turned a Bachelor Pad Into a Comfortable Home For Two
A pair of newly-weds in Chicago added a spacious extension for cohabiting.
 - 3 years ago
A Dull Stucco Home Becomes a Modern California Oasis
A Dull Stucco Home Becomes a Modern California Oasis
Christian Rice Architects transformed a Spanish-style dud into a lofty, contemporary gem.
 - 3 years ago
A Modern Renovation Connects to a Traditional Texas Town Through a Glass Wall
A Modern Renovation Connects to a Traditional Texas Town Through a Glass Wall
In a South Texas border town, a family introduces a bold aesthetic.
 - 3 years ago
The Manhattan Transformation
The Manhattan Transformation
As head of retail development and legal counsel leasing for American Apparel, Michael Pozner spends a lot of time sorting out the details when a new venue is chosen for the...
 - 8 years ago
From Front to Back, This Toronto Home Literally Merges Heritage and Modernism
From Front to Back, This Toronto Home Literally Merges Heritage and Modernism
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
 - 2 years ago
Transformative House Renovation in Seattle
Transformative House Renovation in Seattle
A couple, both architects, give their 1918 bungalow a modern update.
 - 4 years ago
A Sleek Kitchen Renovation in San Francisco
A Sleek Kitchen Renovation in San Francisco
In a San Francisco kitchen, a sleek series of custom cabinets camouflages an armada of professional features.
 - 5 years ago
A Transformative Attic Renovation in Montreal
A Transformative Attic Renovation in Montreal
Removing a sloping ceiling adds five feet of headroom to this brightened live-work space.
 - 4 years ago
A Barcelona Apartment Gets a Softly Modern Renovation
A Barcelona Apartment Gets a Softly Modern Renovation
A updated apartment reveals its Catalan roots.
 - 2 years ago
A Gut Renovation Transforms a Tiny Manhattan Apartment
A Gut Renovation Transforms a Tiny Manhattan Apartment
A 400-square-foot Upper East Side apartment gets a new look.
 - 5 years ago
Indoor-Outdoor Home by a Midcentury Master Gets a Faithful Update
Indoor-Outdoor Home by a Midcentury Master Gets a Faithful Update
More than ever, this renovated Eichler in Palo Alto, California, brings the outside in.
 - 4 years ago