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Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

A Family Home in Melbourne Gets an Extension With a Timber Brise-Soleil
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.
Before & After: A Decrepit 1970s A-Frame in Minnesota Is Reborn as a Cozy Family Escape
Taiga Design + Build introduces Kebony siding and Scandinavian vibes to a charming but dilapidated cabin on Lake Superior.
Original Tile Sets the Stage for a Family’s Apartment Revamp in Barcelona
Atzur Arquitectura kept the 1930s flat’s original details, like barrel-vaulted ceilings and a mix of patterned floor tiles, but rearranged the interiors to maximize light.
This Modernist Seaside Retreat in Cornwall Is One Couple’s Retirement Plan
This Modernist Seaside Retreat in Cornwall Is One Couple’s Retirement Plan
A renovation with coastal views brings a tidy wooden box—and a dose of contemporary cozy—to a neighborhood of traditional cottages.
Before & After: Two Architects Transform Their Chicago Condo With Wonderful Woodwork
Architects Annabell Ren and Steven Karvelius take a DIY approach to outfitting their Lincoln Park home during the pandemic.
In Amsterdam, Where Homes Stand Cheek by Jowel, an Architect’s Renovation Finds the Light
Jeroen Spee of Studio Prototype takes inspiration from a Roman domus to turn a two-unit building into one glowing residence for his own family.
Before & After: This Late ’70s London Home Was Designed to Be Taken Apart
A (mostly) DIY reno by an English family and MAP Architecture fulfills the destiny of a timber-frame “self-build” home in Lewisham.
A Brooklyn Loft Renovation Eschews Walls to Keep Things Bright and Flexible
New Affiliates brings subtle definition to the Williamsburg home without taking away from the structure’s cast-iron and brick bones.
Budget Breakdown: Partway Through a Renovation, the Potential of This Atlanta Home Becomes Clear
Local designer and artist Briana Babani creates a luminous dream home from a once neglected and dreary interior.
Ahead of Retirement, a Los Angeles Couple Reimagine Their Home for What’s Next
Aanda Architects and HYCArch turn a single-story Spanish-style residence into an idyllic haven for aging in place.
A 17th-Century Stone Home in Spain Gets a Modern-Day Glow Up
A 17th-Century Stone Home in Spain Gets a Modern-Day Glow Up
A pandemic lockdown affords a young couple the opportunity to create a charmingly uncomplicated home in the Catalan countryside.
Before & After: A Design-Savvy Couple Turn a Worn-Down Brownstone Into a Minimalist Home
Few homeowners have as clear a vision of how to compose a design brief as Trish and Andrew McKechnie. Just ask their architect, David Cunningham.
A Rock Drummer With an Eye for Modernism Tunes Up a Los Angeles Midcentury
Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys has a penchant for throwback film and design; interior designer Corinne Mathern used it to revive an L.A. classic.
Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Home in L.A. Gets a Showstopping Makeover
Green carpeting, begone—after a revamp by A1000xBetter, this Studio City dwelling glows with white oak detailing and a whole new flow.
Before & After: A Ranch-Style Home in San Jose Gets an Infusion of Caribbean Cool
To renovate the suburban California residence, interior designer Cathie Hong introduced a color palette that evokes the family’s tropical heritage.
The Most Shocking Before & After Renovations of 2021
From postmodern play in a London Edwardian to the surprising revamp of an Atlanta bungalow, these are the most dramatic transformations we've covered this year.
Before & After: Twinning Homes in Melbourne Go From Ramshackle to Ravishing
Mairead Murphy of Maike Design renovates two matching houses on the same block in Brunswick East, imbuing each with its own distinct character.
Before & After: A Brooklyn Brownstone’s Dreary Basement Becomes an Urban Oasis
Daniel Kaplan of Bowerbird Architects raises a dwelling’s downstairs ceilings and relocates the living spaces to glory in natural light and garden views.
Before & After: A 1920s Row House Gets an Art Deco–Inspired Update in Queens
Office of Things brings light, color, and playful archways to the cramped ground level of a century-old dwelling in the working-class neighborhood of Glendale, Queens.
Before & After: A Detroit Architect Brings New Life to an Abandoned Brick Bungalow
Architect Sidney Migoski revives a 1912 residence in Detroit’s West Village, salvaging the home’s historic details while updating the floor plan for modern life.
A 376-Square-Foot Apartment in Brazil Goes From Too Tight to Just Right
Architect Leandro Garcia revamps a one-bedroom dwelling to create a compact yet comfortable home for a mother and her 13-year-old son.
In Melbourne, a Retired Couple’s Weatherboard Cottage Gets a Luminous Extension
Roam Architects designs an airy addition with a timber roof, a two-way fireplace, and generous glazing that connects it to the backyard.
A Spanish-Style Home in San Diego Gets a Big Upgrade With Just 39 Additional Square Feet
Thanks to a simplified layout and clear connection to the outdoors, this historic home is ready for a new chapter.
Budget Breakdown: Restored for $364K, a Connecticut Artist’s Midcentury Home Stars Fieldstone Walls
A painstaking renovation by D2 Interieurs brings this 1950s residence—complete with a kidney-shaped pool—back to its retro glory.
Before & After: An Old Corner Store Becomes the Ultimate Live/Work Space for Two Portland Filmmakers
Minarik Architecture rewrites the narrative of a former neighborhood store, turning it into a film production studio and a welcoming home.
A Folding Wall Lends Versatility to an Instagram-Ready Apartment in Hong Kong
Bean Buro brings Japanese and French influences to a fresh, light-filled home for a lifestyle influencer and her young family.
A Phoenix Couple Turn a Corner Store Into a Home That Has Everything on Their List
A former bodega becomes a loft-like residence that honors its commercial past.
A Seattle Couple’s Playful Home Honors the Eccentric Vision of Its Original Architect
Stefan Hampden of Cast Architecture reimagines a shed-roofed residence in keeping with architect Robert Reichert’s exuberant style.
A Skinny Brooklyn Townhouse Stacks Spaces for Living, Working, and Entertaining
Motorcycles, a music studio, and more find their homes on the tiered floors of a renovation in Red Hook.
Construction Diary: A Stylist and a Photographer Reenvision a 1950s Bungalow
A Los Angeles family shares lessons they learned from renovating during a turbulent year.