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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 1950s Duplex Receives a Striking Makeover For $190K
Budget Breakdown: A 1950s Duplex Receives a Striking Makeover For $190K
Put off by Montreal’s rising rents, a young couple turn to first-time homeownership and dive into a design-led renovation.
 - 2 months ago
Top 5 Homes of the Week With Awe-Inspiring Renovations
Top 5 Homes of the Week With Awe-Inspiring Renovations
Rearranged home layouts, refreshed kitchens, and updated dining rooms take these modern home renovations to the next level.
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A Cinder Block Duplex in Charleston Is Recast as a New York–Style Loft
A Cinder Block Duplex in Charleston Is Recast as a New York–Style Loft
The industrial-modern Metamorphosis House is now a showcase for art.
 - 2 months ago
Greenery Breathes Fresh Life Into a Brazilian Midcentury
Greenery Breathes Fresh Life Into a Brazilian Midcentury
With a budget of $50,000, a home rich in family history is treated to a bright, airy renovation for the first time since it was built.
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A 1930s Barcelona Apartment Is Revitalized Into an Airy Abode
A 1930s Barcelona Apartment Is Revitalized Into an Airy Abode
A triangular-shaped penthouse in the city center becomes a bright home that wonderfully connects with the outdoors.
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11 Skylights Brighten a Compact, Narrow Home in Vancouver
11 Skylights Brighten a Compact, Narrow Home in Vancouver
Strategically placed windows and a neutral color palette allow this 2,200-square-foot home to boast an airy, open feel, despite its unusually skinny lot.
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A Colorful Penthouse Pays Homage to American Design
A Colorful Penthouse Pays Homage to American Design
A French filmmaker celebrates American design in her vibrantly decorated pied-à-terre perched above Manhattan.
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Before & After: A Car Shop in San Francisco Is Reborn as an Artist’s Loft, Gallery, and Studio
Before & After: A Car Shop in San Francisco Is Reborn as an Artist’s Loft, Gallery, and Studio
SOMA Residence by Dumican Mosey Architects showcases a wide array of art, including, most notably, a Fiat mounted upside down from the ceiling.
 - 2 months ago
An 18th-Century Virginian Hotel Boasts an Elegant New Look
An 18th-Century Virginian Hotel Boasts an Elegant New Look
After a thoughtful remodel, a boutique hotel outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, is now inviting guests to embrace its luxurious dosage of Southern charm.
 - 3 months ago
Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Warehouse Becomes a Live/Work Space For $124K
Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Warehouse Becomes a Live/Work Space For $124K
A Bay Area producer and community organizer converts a run-down warehouse in Oakland into her dream house for $124,093.
 - 3 months ago
A Decaying 1920s Home Is Saved With a Mullet Renovation
A Decaying 1920s Home Is Saved With a Mullet Renovation
In downtown Raleigh, a thoughtful transformation rescues a historic home from decay while adding a surprisingly modern rear addition.
 - 3 months ago
A Major Restoration Updated This Midcentury Landmark in Belgium
A Major Restoration Updated This Midcentury Landmark in Belgium
A Belgian couple abide by strict preservation rules to breathe new life into an International Style villa by architect Lucien Engels.
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A 1920s Masonry Garage Is Reborn as a Flexible Live/Work Space
A 1920s Masonry Garage Is Reborn as a Flexible Live/Work Space
Big Space, Little Space by design duo Davidson Rafailidis builds on the structure's past, leaving the interiors raw and encouraging imaginative reuse.
 - 3 months ago
A Historic Melbourne Home Is Respectfully Modernized For a Young Family
A Historic Melbourne Home Is Respectfully Modernized For a Young Family
Still adhering to its local neighborhood vernacular, this delightful dwelling in the suburb of Princess Hill gets a contemporary rear-facade refresh.
 - 3 months ago
A Claustrophobic London Mews House Gets a Smart Redesign
A Claustrophobic London Mews House Gets a Smart Redesign
In North London, a small mews house suffering from lack of light gains a bright refresh with space-saving features.
 - 3 months ago
Budget Breakdown: A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Turns Into a Chic Tiny Home For $27K
Budget Breakdown: A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Turns Into a Chic Tiny Home For $27K
Jack Richens, the expert van renovator behind This Moving House, pulls out all the stops for this incredible conversion.
 - 3 months ago
A Backyard Eucalyptus Becomes the Muse For This Home Remodel
A Backyard Eucalyptus Becomes the Muse For This Home Remodel
When architect Fiona Dunin was tasked with simplifying and modernizing a Melbourne home, she looked to the backyard for inspiration.
 - 3 months ago
A Tiny Florence Flat Is Reborn as an Architect's Live/Work Space
A Tiny Florence Flat Is Reborn as an Architect's Live/Work Space
An architect revamps a 1970s Florence apartment, turning it into her chic, functional home and office.
 - 3 months ago
Before & After: A 19th-Century Brooklyn Brownstone Is Saved From Utter Disrepair
Before & After: A 19th-Century Brooklyn Brownstone Is Saved From Utter Disrepair
Following a meticulous restoration and gut renovation by Frances Mildred, an elegantly revamped Park Slope townhouse hits the market for $4,495,000.
 - 3 months ago
This Skinny, Minimalist Home Gets a Modern Revamp For $20K
This Skinny, Minimalist Home Gets a Modern Revamp For $20K
In the land-strapped city of Bandung, Indonesia, the newly renovated 4x6x6 House achieves the illusion of spaciousness despite its compact footprint.
 - 3 months ago
An Extended Garden Pavilion Enhances a 1920s Cottage
An Extended Garden Pavilion Enhances a 1920s Cottage
Sitting adjacent to the Morningside residence, this new open-air pavilion beckons the family outside every day of the year.
 - 3 months ago
A 1970s UFO House Gains a Glorious Renovation
A 1970s UFO House Gains a Glorious Renovation
A unique UFO house in Italy is saved from the chopping block thanks to an energy-efficient renovation.
 - 3 months ago
Before & After: A Streamlined Apartment in Italy Boasts Tons of Custom Furniture
Before & After: A Streamlined Apartment in Italy Boasts Tons of Custom Furniture
Using a restrained color and material palette, Gosplan Architects transforms an old home in Genova into a bright, functional flat called Into the Woods.
 - 3 months ago
Before & After: A Rundown Cabin Is Reborn as a Chic Residence and Retreat
Before & After: A Rundown Cabin Is Reborn as a Chic Residence and Retreat
The Drifter Way House in Canada is transformed into a modern home with two additional rental units by Stark Architecture.
 - 3 months ago
In Just 31 Days, These Historic Chinese Ruins Were Transformed Into a Chic B&B
In Just 31 Days, These Historic Chinese Ruins Were Transformed Into a Chic B&B
After suffering years of neglect, a pair of dilapidated stone villas has been brought back to life with a $88,000 budget.
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Budget Breakdown: A Weekend DIY Turns a Neglected Garage Into a Backyard Hangout For $13K
Budget Breakdown: A Weekend DIY Turns a Neglected Garage Into a Backyard Hangout For $13K
In Portland, Oregon, an experiential designer transforms half of his decrepit garage into a screened porch over just three days, creating a laid-back, outdoor room.
 - 3 months ago
A Cramped Bungalow Is Reborn as an Eco-Minded Abode For Two Gardeners
A Cramped Bungalow Is Reborn as an Eco-Minded Abode For Two Gardeners
A sustainable retrofit and extension floods a California-style bungalow outside Melbourne with light and landscape views.
 - 3 months ago
Courtyards Maximize Sunlight in This Renovated Australian Abode
Courtyards Maximize Sunlight in This Renovated Australian Abode
Sliding panels of glass create a mesmerizing indoor/outdoor flow in this sleek addition.
 - 3 months ago
A Melbourne Home Is Treated to a Striking Barn–Like Extension
A Melbourne Home Is Treated to a Striking Barn–Like Extension
Reclaimed materials, natural light, and minimalist design come together to create a warm, textured space that encourages nesting.
 - 3 months ago
Rotated Volumes Cleverly Maximize Space in a Tiny Shanghai Apartment
Rotated Volumes Cleverly Maximize Space in a Tiny Shanghai Apartment
In space-strapped Shanghai, local architects look to rotating boxes and playful pops of colors to create a delightful modern home.
 - 3 months ago