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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Budget Breakdown: A Couple Spend Six Weeks and $16.7K Fashioning an Airy Kitchen
Budget Breakdown: A Couple Spend Six Weeks and $16.7K Fashioning an Airy Kitchen
Designer Brit Arnesen and her husband, Derek, imbue the space with feminine, Art Deco–inspired touches.
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Before & After: A Once-Stuffy Midcentury Is Refreshed With an Airy and Arty Renovation
The home of two influencers in Laurel Canyon now shines with abundant natural light, subtle texture, and sculptural accents.
A Restored ’60s Home on Lake Oswego Channels Swanky “Mad Men” Vibes
With wall-to-wall wood and panoramic views, this modish midcentury sets the tone for relaxation just minutes from downtown Portland.
A Spectacular Roger Lee Midcentury Hits the Market in Berkeley for $1.3M
A Spectacular Roger Lee Midcentury Hits the Market in Berkeley for $1.3M
The home was recently renovated by interior designer Christa Martin, who calls it “a love poem to the Berkeley...
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Before & After: A Loft in a Former See’s Candy Factory Gets a Tasteful Renovation
Síol Studios cracks the shell of a candy factory loft to showcase its classic character.
From Trash to Treasure, You Can Build a Deck That’s Easy on Both the Eyes and the Environment
Composite decking has come a long way in recent decades—and one company is going further by recycling 300 million pounds of scrap and waste.
An Imaginative Courtyard House in Singapore Makes Room for Multiple Generations
Colorful, reclaimed teak windows and doors punctuate a renovated home for a Pilates instructor and her parents.
Before & After: An Outdated Venice Beach Bungalow Becomes a Light-Filled Bachelor Pad
Nwankpa Design reimagines a tired coastal home while helping their forward-thinking client plan for the future.
Before & After: An Eichler Swaps a Chopped-Up Layout for Connected, Colorful Spaces
Without adding square footage, Re:modern enlivens and streamlines a jumbled 1959 Eichler in Northern California.
Before & After: A Trio of Brothers Turn Their Father’s Boatbuilding Workshop Into a Family Retreat
Architect Erin Pellegrino helps the Wisniewski brothers preserve the legacy of their father’s workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.
A Leak Leads to a Dazzling Kitchen Overhaul in Los Angeles
A Leak Leads to a Dazzling Kitchen Overhaul in Los Angeles
Designer Ginny Macdonald’s renovation includes a new breakfast nook, a laundry room, and a crisp white color scheme.
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Before & After: A Remodel Connects an Isolated Kitchen to the Rest of a Pre-War Brooklyn Apartment
Frederick Tang Architecture makes the most of the available space to simplify and streamline a jumbled pre-war apartment.
Natural Light and Treetop Views Suffuse This Taoist-Inspired Sydney Home
An architect flips the script on her “upside-down” home with a light-filled revamp.
A Renovated Midcentury in Georgia With a Lush Central Courtyard Asks $780K
DSNWRK expanded the 1954 Atlanta-area home while restoring its original flagstone and wood surfaces.
A Portland Family Updates an Unusual Prairie-Style Home
A rare 1920s dwelling gets a contemporary face-lift along with a clever cabana-like addition.
A Midcentury Home Renovation Celebrates Its Striking, Open-Truss Ceiling
Designed by a little-known architect in 1949, the now streamlined home honors its original bones.
A $437K Retrofit Turns a Dilapidated Edwardian Into a High-Design Haven
A first-time owner-builder masterfully crafts a home for a family of six in Melbourne, Australia.
A Disjointed Midcentury Home in New York Gets a Cohesive Retrofit
VonDalwig Architecture connects the dots to give a 1967 home in Bedford, New York, a new lease on life.
An Abandoned Stone Quarry in Spain Becomes a Sublimely Minimalist Home
With the help of 3D laser scanning, Ensamble Studio excavates a quarry on the island of Menorca to create an experimental retreat.
A Midcentury L.A. Home by Pioneering Chinese-American Architect Eugene K. Choy Seeks $2M
Originally built in 1956, the post-and-beam structure was stylishly renovated in 2008.
Before & After: A Philadelphia Architect Opens Up Her Historic Row House
Lauren Thomsen’s streamlined addition to a century-old house has a contemporary palette that lets the historical details shine.
A 120-Year-Old Victorian Cottage in Cape Town Gets a Glow Up
Following shabby patch jobs and more than a century of neglect, a cottage is renovated with an abundance of South African pine.
Budget Breakdown: A Santa Barbara Ranch House Gets a Sophisticated New Look for $626K
Achieving a high-end look on a modest budget—in one of the country’s most expensive regions—was made possible by the owner’s expertise.
This Upgraded Kitchen Fits Every Modern Convenience Into Just 329 Square Feet of Space
The couple had a long list of must-haves for the renovation of their 1930s kitchen, making a clever flow and tucked-away storage imperative.
Before & After: A Time-Capsule Carriage House in San Francisco Is Gracefully Modernized
A century-old residence with a pest-infested hayloft becomes a minimalist home for a young, growing family in the Mission District.
A Dilapidated Workshop Becomes an Eclectic, Live/Work Haven for Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust
Artist couple Nick Cave and Bob Faust work with Carlo Parente Architecture to craft a creative space in a 1920s industrial building in Chicago.
Budget Breakdown: A DIY Couple Turn a Bus Into a Dreamy, Off-Grid Home for $20K
After saving up for several years, Timothy and Meryl Miller outfit a school bus for a cross-country road trip, tackling the work on the streets of Brooklyn.
A Book Lover’s Cottage in Australia Captures Light With a Glass-Block Facade
Sibling Architecture transforms a Federation-style home in Sydney into a sunny space for reading.
A Crisp Athens Apartment Makes Room for a Family’s Home Brewery
Architect Ioannis Exarchou reconfigures a murky pad to create flexible spaces for working, brewing, baking, and other pursuits.
Before & After: A Timeworn Midcentury in Connecticut Gets a Moody Makeover
Interior designer Alex Fawcett uses a light touch to spruce up Casa Yamagoya, preserving its defining features to create an evocative retreat.