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Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Before & After: A Los Angeles Home Gets a Dazzling Makeover—and Hits the Market for $1.7M
Before & After: A Los Angeles Home Gets a Dazzling Makeover—and Hits the Market for $1.7M
A sculptural timber staircase, airy spaces, and a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen define this Eagle Rock residence.
A 17th-Century Château in France Gets a Monumental, Sustainability-Focused Restoration
French architect Didier Repellin leads the recent remodel of the Château de La Chaize estate and winery, drawing inspiration from its original design principles to deliver a...
A Melbourne Bungalow’s Courtyard Extension Creates a Window to the Sky
Inspired by the home of Australian architect Sir Roy Grounds, the extension artfully blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.
A 1970s Flat in Poland Becomes a Ravishing Vacation Rental for $31K
A 1970s Flat in Poland Becomes a Ravishing Vacation Rental for $31K
Interior design studio Mistovia combines chunky terrazzo, glass bricks, shiny surfaces, and bold colors to dazzling effect.
Before & After: An Eichler Apartment’s Kitchen Returns to Its Midcentury Roots
In San Francisco’s Laguna Heights complex, interior designer Christine Lin turns a discordant kitchen into an inviting space with room for the clients’ favorite things.
These Restored 19th-Century Apartments in Portugal Boast Original Fresco-Lined Walls
In Lisbon’s historic Baixa Pombalina district, José Adrião Arquitetos revives an abandoned corner building that had been hiding a magnificent surprise.
A Derelict Barn Finds New Life as an Artist’s Studio in Iceland
Studio Bua turns a battered 1930s farm building into a 1,959-square-foot live/work space in the remote Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve.
Before & After: A Rustic Austin Home Gets a Dose of California Cool
Using earthy tones, textural accents, and colorful artwork, Veneer Designs softens the industrial bones of a house built by a local architect.
A London Townhouse Captures the Glamour of the Hollywood Hills in the ’70s
A musical couple transform a tired townhouse into a modernist home—complete with a music studio—inspired by the heyday of California’s rock 'n' roll scene.
Edgewood House by Terry & Terry Architecture
A 1950s Eichler home in Palo Alto is transformed for the 21st century with sustainable solutions that champion indoor/outdoor living.
Maryland Street by Asquared Studios
Maryland Street by Asquared Studios
A Spanish-style home in San Diego benefits from a new floor plan that maximizes the city’s abundance of sunshine.
A Former Corner Shop in Sydney Becomes a Family Home Full of Art Nouveau Flair
The sensuous residence draws inspiration from Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh and traditional Japanese interiors.
An Awkward Dublin Home Turns a Corner With a Smart Triangular Extension
Robert Bourke Architects utilizes every inch of space on a challenging site to create an addition with skylights, a garden, and room to breathe.
Before & After: A Chicago Architect Straightens Out Her Victorian Cottage’s Unwieldy Floor Plan
Removing a questionable staircase, Danielle Beaulieu brings light and fluidity into her 130-year-old home.
14 Extraordinary Additions That Transform Centuries-Old London Homes
These contemporary extensions bring new life to old terrace homes and residences from the Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian eras.
A Bright and Shining Addition Connects a ’70s Townhouse to Its Garden
A sunken room offers a clever solution to a large, problematic drop at the back of this UK home.
A Postwar Cottage in Melbourne Gets a Light-Filled Extension With a Central Courtyard
DOOD Studio helps a young Australian couple create a light and bright addition to their previously dark home, which the owner-builder clients lived in throughout the construction...
An Architect Couple’s Family Home Connects Two Historic Buildings in the Czech Republic
In the picturesque South Bohemia region, architects Jiří Weinzettl and Barbora Weinzettlová of Atelier 111 Architekti shape their own stone- and spruce-clad residence from two...
Before & After: A Century-Old Cottage in Melbourne Is No Longer a “Rabbit Warren” of Rooms
Views of the backyard abound in this newly streamlined home for a young couple with a newborn.
Rental Revamp: A Brooklyn Ceramicist Infuses a Timeworn Apartment With Her Signature Style
Recreation Center founder Josephine Heilpern transforms her run-down Crown Heights apartment into a cheerful space with an emphasis on functionality and pops of primary color.
A Glowing Extension Fills a London Victorian With Sunlight and Garden Views
Amos Goldreich Architecture transforms the ground floor of a semidetached home with a broken-plan extension.
Before & After: A Pavilion-Like Addition Opens Up a São Paulo Home for Three Generations
A 1940s bungalow gets a porous, vine-covered backyard unit that gives the family more space to work on their creative projects.
An Architect Reframes the Narrative of a 1940s Apartment for a Writer Couple in São Paulo
At the iconic Louveira Complex, an exemplar of Brazilian modernism, local architect Ana Sawaia bravely plays with space, color, and pattern while honoring the past.
A Bare-Bones Hunting Shelter on Mallorca Becomes a Sunny Retreat
Mariana de Delás revitalizes an old stone hut, devising a portable “solar wheelbarrow” to recharge its batteries.
Before & After: A Country Home Blossoms in the Ruins of an Old Stone Barn
Type rehabs a rundown stone structure into an elegant dwelling—and then sets about rewilding its site in the English countryside.
An Old Olive Oil Mill in Sicily Is Recast as a Charming Cottage
Using the intact stone structure, architecture firm Studio Gum added modest elements to accommodate modern living in the countryside.
A Dreamy, Minimalist Retreat in Spain Opens to Its Lush Surroundings
Positioned along the Mediterranean, the family home features modernist lines and a living area that connects to a gorgeous backyard.
Long Abandoned, a 1930s Home in the Canary Islands Is Now a Feast of Charm
For their own home and studio, the founders of Five Oh Five Design revitalized an aging house in the Spanish city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
In Berlin, an Auto Repair Shop Becomes a High-Performance Home for a Painter and Her Family
Playing into the space’s raw, industrial character, Studio Karhard creates a loftlike home with bohemian flair.
An Old Brick House in Spain Becomes a Light-Filled Family Home
The renovation by miniArquitectura keeps the home’s charm intact, but creates opened-up spaces with a material palette to match.