Take notes on how these revamped spaces reinforce the wisdom of working with what you've got.

Head-to-Toe Tile Brings Plenty of Texture to the Interiors of a Home in Spain
Head-to-Toe Tile Brings Plenty of Texture to the Interiors of a Home in Spain
A two-level renovation with flexible spaces and a courtyard plan combines rough-cut cladding with concrete and knotty timber.
A Big Green Box Adds Flair and Function to an Open-Plan Berlin Apartment
Ester Bruzkus Architekten didn’t want to divide the luminous space with walls, so they placed a wood core with a kitchen, shelving, and storage off to one side.
Between a DJ Booth and a Therapy Room, This Home Extension in North London Has It All
Simon Knight Architects designed an add-on for a family home with budget-friendly ideas like plywood cabinets, Ikea shelving, and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.
This Garden Studio Wrapped in Charred Timber Shingles Acts Like a Giant Bug Hotel
This Garden Studio Wrapped in Charred Timber Shingles Acts Like a Giant Bug Hotel
HyperSpace tunes up a garage in Hertfordshire, England, with a dramatic facade that shelters bees, moths, and butterflies.
Pistachio Cabinets, Chunky Terrazzo, and Red Marble Amp Up a 1960s Apartment
The Brunswick, Australia, flat’s opened-up floor plan is now packed with bold personality.
The Neighborhood Was Great. But the House Needed Help to Become a Family Home
Wanting a home to raise their kids and host their parents in, Ben and Sarah gave their Coburg residence a two-level extension that fosters intimacy and connection.
Timber Additions Turn a Panadería Into a Private Residence in Spain
Auba Studio baked in a wood eave at the rear and a central core that creates “rooms” and ample storage.
Before & After: A Couple Crack Open a Cramped Brick House on a Washington Oyster Farm
SHED Architecture + Design refreshes a Kitsap Peninsula home by taking down walls, doubling down on dormers, and polishing up its interior with pearly-white shiplap.
An Artful Home at the Heart of Barcelona’s Creative Scene Doubles as a Gallery Space
Previously a warehouse, its white interiors make art pop while a central wood core conceals domestic functions and delineates private areas from public ones.
A Mix of Storage Solutions Steals the Show at This Renovated London Flat
Wall-height Douglas fir shelving in the living area serves as a display case while Ikea cabinets with blue fronts from Reform keep the kitchen tidy.
Before & After: A Couple Turn a Bare-Bones Barn Into an Off-Grid Cabin
Before & After: A Couple Turn a Bare-Bones Barn Into an Off-Grid Cabin
Barlis Wedlick Architects blend old and new to create a solar-powered getaway for friends, family—and the homeowners themselves, when the power goes out.
A Black Steel Stair Anchors the Addition of This Raw Concrete Home in Melbourne
The residence’s masonry is exposed at the interior seam where it meets a new double-height volume with timber slatting.
Budget Breakdown: A Woodworker Couple Make $10K Go the Distance Renovating a 2006 Camper
Following a flurry of work during the pandemic, Casey and Brandon Smith refashioned a ho-hum trailer as a ’70s-inspired home-on-wheels—and then hit the road.
Before & After: A Kandinsky Print Inspires a Seattle Rambler’s Radiant Remodel
Best Practice Architecture livens up a tired midcentury with brilliant color, a moody library, and a new deck with views for days.
Parquet Brick Floors Are the Best Part of This Revived 1800s Scottish Farmhouse
Repeating aluminum gables provide rhythm, and thoughtfully placed windows capture 360-degree views, but the interior’s generous reclaimed brick grounds the renovation.
Big Windows and White Interiors Punch Up a Gloomy ’60s California Beach House
Fuse Architects shed the home’s dark shingles—including ones inside—and covered its ocean-facing facade with glazing that frames views and draws in light.
A Dilapidated 1800s Farmhouse Is Revived With a New Thatched Roof and a More Open Plan
The design team also inserted windows into its original brick facade and attached a glass-wrapped extension that leads to a sunken patio.
Supple Lines and Lush Outdoor Areas Revive an Apartment in a Madrid Landmark
At Torres Blancas, Studio Noju imagines a sinuous renovation that reclaims green space in honor of the famous building’s original design.
Before & After: A Designer Fixes Up a Collapsing House on a Kentucky Horse Farm
Natalie Officer refashions her country home with a custom mural, an experimental backsplash, and cozy living areas that welcome friends and loved ones.
Every Room of This Renovated Rome Pied-à-Terre Has a Different Colored Ceiling
Studio Strato combines lively hues with patterned floors and finishes for a playful Mediterranean aesthetic.
Before & After: A Next-Level Revamp Elevates a Three-Story Hillside “Cabin”
35th Collective stitches up the plan of a Bay Area midcentury while sticking to its palette of wood, cork, and stone.
Vintage Decor and a DJ Lounge Make This Renovated San Francisco Home a Vibe
Architect Ryan Leidner reorganized the Bernal Heights home for better flow, using white and wood tones as the backdrop for the owners’ Italian furnishings and laid-back lifestyle.
A Cork-Clad Extension With Playful Pink Trim Is the Cure-All for Gloomy London Days
The cheerful spirit of Nimtim Architects’ renovation continues inside by way of bold patterns and more pops of color.
After a Family’s Renovation Went Wrong, They Gave It Another Go—and Got It Right
Architecture firm L. McComber stepped in to remedy a poorly executed extension, enhancing its insulation and airtightness while infusing the spaces with Mediterranean influences...
A Wood Canopy With Netting Fills Out a Glass-Wrapped New York Apartment
No Architecture took advantage of soaring ceilings by inserting an airy second level into the loftlike space.
A Surprising Venice Beach A-Frame Reaches Its Peak Potential
Following a renovation that better connected it to the outdoors, designer Katie Gebhardt punched it up with a West Coast palette.
A Puzzled-Together Stair Elevates a Fashion Designer’s Barcelona Apartment
Its melange of treads serve as the centerpiece of this elegantly renovated wabi-sabi flat.
Before & After: Siblings Turn a Neglected Victorian Into a Dreamy Catskills Hotel
The couple behind Field Theory help their brother reimagine a dreary 1890s estate as the irresistibly chic Hotel Lilien.
A Basement in Greece Finds a New Purpose as a Space-Saving Apartment
Point Supreme Architects kept its raw concrete and steel but implemented adventurous finishes and porous built-ins that maximize the apartment’s small footprint.
The Barn Is Now the Living Space at This 16th-Century Home in the French Pyrenees
Paris firm Plan Común rejigged the floor plan of the stone and concrete country residence for energy efficiency and improved indoor/outdoor flow.
Before & After: Just-Right Furnishings and a Few Shades of Paint Punch Up a Brooklyn Brownstone
A young family’s furniture didn’t fit in their new home, so Studio Nato designed custom cabinetry and sourced sofas, lighting, and artwork that elevate every room.
This See-Through California Home Magically Hangs Above a Creek Bed
Fougeron Architecture reconfigured the residence with floor-to-ceiling glass that enhances views of the stream and a backyard waterfall.
Before & After: Two Architects Bring Balance to a Shaky Toronto Home
LAMAS Architecture gets to the root of the problem by shoring up its unsettled foundation and fixing damage from a fallen tree.
This Renovated London Flat Includes a Kitchen Designed Like a Kebab Shop
Design studio Holloway Li riffed on the city’s nightlife in revamping an apartment inside a Victorian.
An Artful Restoration Returns a Louisville Home to Its Midcentury Roots
John Brooks and Erik Eaker hit undo on an awkward aughts revamp with the help of local firm Rock Paper Hammer.
This 1960s Home’s Painstaking Renovation Is a Love Letter to Midcentury Design
“The house is like a gallery and an heirloom that brings the family together,” says architect Cristina Ioana Graff.