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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

A Tree Grows Right Through the Roof of This Radically Updated Eichler
A Tree Grows Right Through the Roof of This Radically Updated Eichler
A power couple in the tech world create the home of their dreams—with barely a gadget in sight.
- 2 months ago
Before & After: A Brooklyn Townhouse Is Adeptly Reorganized for its Extroverted-Introvert Owner
A thoughtful new floor plan fluidly accommodates a wide range of activities, from the super social to the need to nest, in a 1,500-square-foot space.
A Plywood Box Turns a 20th-Century Duplex Into a Multigenerational Home
MOA Architecture inserts a wood box into a Montreal duplex to make room for three generations of a growing family.
5 Major Home Improvements DIY’ed for Less Than $26K
5 Major Home Improvements DIY’ed for Less Than $26K
These can-do homeowners rolled up their sleeves and tackled their own renovations.
- 3 months ago
Before & After: An Atrium-Like Staircase Fills This Minimalist Chicago Duplex With Light
Carefully placed windows steep this crisp Chicago apartment in the texture of the city.
Before & After: A Family of Five Thrives in This Ingenious, 366-Square-Foot Apartment in Shanghai
Three generations live harmoniously in this teensy pad thanks to hardworking storage, flexible furniture, and a zigzagging layout.
Before & After: A Punchy Perforated Screen Fills This Vancouver Apartment With Light
This compact apartment in Vancouver’s Armoury District has an inspired solution for bringing light to the ground floor.
A London Couple Design and Build the Home of Their Dreams for Less Than $110K
This vibrant remodel of a run-down London home proves that high design can be achieved on a low budget.
Budget Breakdown: A Muddled Parisian Pad Gets a Sleek Makeover for $117K
By capturing natural light and adding svelte, custom furniture, JCPCDR rescues a dark, dated apartment in the 4th arrondissement.
5 Kitchen Renovations Done for Less Than $100K
Kitchen renovations can be daunting, but here’s some expert inspiration to get you going.
Before & After: This Hip Parisian Apartment Makes the Most of 193 Square Feet
Hoch Studio turns a dingy, cramped apartment into a sunny sanctuary with a winning personality.
- 3 months ago
This Former Dance Hall Gets an Encore and Becomes a Designer’s House
Designer Barbara Hill transformed the derelict building into a sophisticated and slightly rough-around-the-edges retreat. Below, she gives us a first-person account.
An Architect Turns His Victorian Home Into a Sun-Drenched Live/Work Space
In an attempt to beat the winter blues and improve his work/life balance, Australian architect Andrew Maynard combines his home with his office in a sun-drenched Victorian terrace...
A Giant Ribbon of Wood Wraps This Mind-Bending Parisian Apartment
Sculptural plywood walls weave new life into a 19th-century Parisian apartment while preserving its historic Haussmannien features.
A Beautifully Retrofitted 1969 Airstream Strikes a Chord With a Nashville Musician
The designers embraced the trailer’s heyday by outfitting it with vintage furniture and decor.
A Mint-Green Addition Freshens Up a Brick House in China
Wonder Architects fuse a crisp addition to a traditional brick home in Hou Heilongmiao Village.
5 Fantastic Home Renovations in California That Cost Less Than $200K
Here’s what five enterprising homeowners in the Golden State did with budgets ranging from $63,000 to $196,000.
All Together Now
When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.
Family Home Renovation in Brooklyn
For most homeowners, the goal of renovating is to transform an existing space into an idealized domicile.
In the Loop
Adrian Jones lived in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for nine years before renovating.
A Sparkling Remodel Revitalizes a 1974 Home That Twists Like a Corkscrew
A quirky multilevel home in Chicago’s Old Town by pioneering architect Walter Netsch has been sympathetically restored by its new owners.
Before & After: A French Norman–Style Home Ditches a Clumsy Addition
In Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a stately home with storybook appeal trades a clunky addition for one that’s open and outdoor-oriented.
9 Inspirational Examples of Adaptive Reuse
The best use for a building can be reuse.
Before & After: This Historic Midcentury With a Slinky Roofline Debuts at Modernism Week 2020
Once destined for destruction, the Miles Bates House—better known as the Wave House for its curvy roof—will finally open to the public in Palm Springs this week.
Before & After: Curving Glass Walls Give This Traditional Beijing Home an Otherworldly Appeal
A derelict courtyard residence gets revitalized with a sinuous, glass-walled pathway.
A Former Vegemite Warehouse in Sydney Is Transformed Into a Colorful Family Home
This warehouse conversion by Ian Moore Architects also features an equine genetics laboratory and an enormous garage filled with classic cars.
Budget Breakdown: A Portland Designer Jazzes Up His ’50s Kitchen for Less Than $26K
Using humble materials like plywood and laminate in a smart way, Ben Ediger of design-build studio Spacecraft gives his tired kitchen a much-needed update.
Creative Reuse: 12 Before & After Projects That Repurpose Old Buildings Into Inspired New Homes
From the neighborhood bodega to a dilapidated motorcycle shop, these once disused buildings were given a new life, thanks to imaginative renovations.
A ’71 Airstream Overland International Gets a Gleaming Top-to-Bottom Overhaul
Idaho-based Traverse Design + Build gave the 27-foot trailer new life with a contemporary retrofit.
This Revamped Apartment in Spain Proves That Storage Can Be Sexy
To smooth out a compartmentalized home in San Sebastian, Mecanismo fashions custom cabinets and furniture with clean lines and alluring curves.