Renovations

Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

This Renovated ’70s Home in Sydney Is a Glowing Backdrop for a Couple’s Art and Furniture Collection
This Renovated ’70s Home in Sydney Is a Glowing Backdrop for a Couple’s Art and Furniture Collection
Studio Prineas punches up a suburban home with built-ins, skylights, and design moments that frame the owners’ prized possessions.
A Shadowy 17th-Century Canal House Shines After a Daring Renovation
The Dutch design firm i29 livens up a historic Amsterdam home with vivid color, secret passageways, and a streamlined layout.
This Soothing, Spa-Like Residence in Brazil Is the Deep Breath We All Need
Traama Arquitetura renovates the building that once housed the capital city’s electric company, creating a calming yet energizing space.
Before & After: An Architect’s Ever-Changing Bungalow Evolves Over Seven Years
Before & After: An Architect’s Ever-Changing Bungalow Evolves Over Seven Years
David Marlatt of DNM Architecture field tests materials and designs as he remodels his 1906 home in Sausalito.
This Midcentury Home in Marin Doubles as a Design Lab
Henrybuilt founder and CEO Scott Hudson works with his team to transform a 1961 residence into a company retreat and testing grounds.
Before & After: A Dilapidated Dublin Home Gets a Playful Addition With an Indoor Swing
In the trendy neighborhood of Dublin 8, Studio And upgrades a 1920s pebble dash house for a creative couple on a tight budget.
A Jewel Box Home in Melbourne Gets a Minty-Fresh Kitchen With a Cat Door
Architect Lisa Breeze expands the kitchen of a 1940s residence and includes cool-green cabinets, terrazzo floors, and a pass-through for a feline friend.
A Bright Addition With Surprising Pops of Color Makes Room for a Young Family in Southern California
Designer Abbie Naber adds 1,200 square feet of sunny, functional living spaces to the 1964 home she shares with her husband and two children in the beach community of Cardiff, San...
“Bossy Marble” Meets Memphis Verve in This Sculptural Toronto Home
Odami revives a 1930s residence with crisp finishes and curvaceous forms.
Before & After: A Dark and Disjointed Los Angeles Cottage Sees the Light
Modus Development elevates a Highland Park dwelling with daylighting, archways, and a rooftop deck.
A Cramped 400-Square-Foot Apartment in Buenos Aires Gets Flowing Spaces and a Fresh Start
A Cramped 400-Square-Foot Apartment in Buenos Aires Gets Flowing Spaces and a Fresh Start
Architect Micaela Racca tore out every wall she could to create a continuous floor plan that maximizes space, storage, light, and air.
A Former Dentist’s Office Becomes an Intriguingly Layered Home on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
As two ex–New Yorkers reimagine their lives in Mérida, they band together with a local team to create an unexpected residence.
A 19th-Century Farmhouse in Eastern Germany Gets New Tricks With an Ecologically Minded Update
Located in an outlying village three hours north of Berlin, the remote property—which until recently lacked potable water—was transformed by architects Sierra Boaz Cobb and...
Budget Breakdown: Four Minnesota Housemates Turn Their Dingy Garage Into a Workspace for $26K
The friends scoured Facebook Marketplace and local salvage centers—locating such treasures as decades-old Douglas fir flooring from a decommissioned munitions plant—to remake the...
A California Couple Turn a Dated Camper Into a Dreamy Family Getaway
Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia transform a blatantly beige travel trailer into a colorful tiny home that lets their family of five explore nature in style and comfort.
Before & After: A Berkeley Cottage Grows to Embrace Its Boulder-Studded Site
Sogno Design Group reimagines a small 1930s home on an unusually large lot to make room for three generations of a family.
A Painter and a Sculptor Craft a Gallery-Like Home in London
Oliver Leech Architects works with a creative couple to transform a run-down Victorian terrace into a picture-perfect space for displaying art.
A ’70s Seafront Home in Greece Breaks Free of Its Tunnel Vision
The residence had a restricted view of the Eubean Sea, so Neiheiser Argyros inserted walls of windows that fully capture the surrounds.
Before & After: A Typical Suburban Home in Calgary Sloughs Off Its ’70s Hangover
Interior design firm Falken Reynolds finesses a new floor plan, opens the interiors, and applies a fresh material palette for a family fed up with the past.
A Melbourne Apartment Trades Walls for Curtains After a $20K Transformation
Architecture Architecture removed doors and demolished dividers to create an open-plan living space that can be easily reconfigured at a moment’s notice.
A Florida Couple Turn a Ram ProMaster Van Into Their Dream Home on Wheels
For Ethan and Katelynn Hunter, van living provides financial freedom, the ability to travel, and the work life they’ve always wanted.
Two Designers Polish Up a Hidden Gem in the Woods of Connecticut
Stewart-Schafer founders Christine Stucker and James Veal revamp a custom 1984 home—and then turn a decrepit nearby shed into a “Scandinavian dream...
Before & After: A Spanish-Style Home in the Hollywood Hills Gets a Sunny California Makeover
Celebrity design duo the Novogratz give a 1930s residence a new lease on life with an expanded layout, warm, minimalist interiors, and a better connection to the outdoors.
An Old Dutch Row House Is Reimagined as a Light-Filled Haven
Architecture and landscape studio LMNL gives a dilapidated 19th-century brick home bright interior finishes, a smart layout, and lush gardens.
Old Meets New in This Reimagined Garden House in Australia
Maike Design transforms a dark bungalow into a bright family home where greenery takes center stage.
My House: No Surface Is Safe From Paint—or Wallpaper—in Marita White’s Wild Seattle Home
During the pandemic, the school teacher harnessed the power of color to transform her early-1900s home, and her life.
Before & After: A Gloomy Brooklyn Brownstone Gets Spruced Up With Splashes of Color
Frederick Tang Architecture restores an 1896 brownstone’s historic details, but takes things a step further with exuberant accents, wallpaper, and decor.
Two Designers Turn a Vintage Camper Into a Dreamy Mobile Office for $36K
Alternative Design Studio transforms a 1970s travel trailer into a mobile studio with a workspace that converts into a queen-size bed.
Before & After: A New York City Penthouse Gets a Dramatic Glow Up
A medley of white oak and walnut and a reorganized floor plan elevate this Upper West Side renovation by Ammor Architecture.
A Family Home in Melbourne Gets an Extension With a Timber Brise-Soleil
In renovating a gabled residence, Architecture Architecture creates a wedge-shaped eave that guards the interiors from harsh summer sun.