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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 Historic Berlin Apartment Is Transformed Into a Colorful Live/Work Home
A Historic Berlin Apartment Is Transformed Into a Colorful Live/Work Home
Interior designer Gisbert Pöppler gives a penthouse in the heart of Berlin a vibrant refresh.
- 6 months ago
Before & After: A Los Angeles Bungalow Opens to a Gorgeous Garden Oasis
Design, Bitches turns a typical Atwater Village home into a lush hideaway with a new, cedar-clad guesthouse.
A London Victorian Gets a Dreamy Addition Anchored by a Terrazzo Island
Perfectly balanced materials and an elongated skylight elevate a rear addition in East London’s Lower Clapton.
This Family of Four Calls a Cool, Renovated School Bus Their Full-Time Home
This Family of Four Calls a Cool, Renovated School Bus Their Full-Time Home
The clever layout of this 234-square-foot skoolie balances bright, open spaces with private nooks.
- 6 months ago
A Sydney Architect Deftly Revamps a 1920s Cottage to Embrace the Garden
Jeffrey Bokey-Grant gives his family’s traditional cottage an award-winning remodel that adheres to the original footprint.
A Dreary 1920s Tudor in L.A. Gets a Dashing New Look—and Hits the Market at $1.9M
After a two-year renovation, the home’s sophisticated interior bears little resemblance to its former self.
Before & After: An Interior Designer Rescues a California Desert Cabin From Drab Finishes
Interior designer Natalie Myers fixes up a 1958 Yucca Valley cabin that had fallen prey to a house flipper’s uninspired renovation.
A Newly Renovated 1940s Cottage Offers a Quiet Life Outside New York City for $300K
Located two hours north of NYC, the idyllic home even comes with a white picket fence.
Budget Breakdown: A Climbing Couple Turn a Delivery Van Into an Adventure Mobile for $8.5K
Charlie Low and Dale Comley spend a year converting a sunny, yellow Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for an epic rock climbing trip.
A Glorious Live/Work Pad in a Former L.A. Church Just Listed for $3.25M
The Ruby Street is an eclectic example of adaptive reuse in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
A Renovation Turns a Once-Abandoned Barcelona Building Into an Airy Home
A Renovation Turns a Once-Abandoned Barcelona Building Into an Airy Home
The design team combined a Japanese sensibility and Spanish details with pine finishes and a red tile floor.
- 7 months ago
Bubble Wrap Keeps This Dining Room Addition Perfectly Insulated
An architect used the pleasant-to-pop material in the gut renovation of his 1930s colonial-style home.
A Grand Victorian Glows Like a Lantern After a Luminous Retrofit
Timmins + Whyte carves out a sun-soaked haven in a heritage-listed Melbourne home.
Before & After: A Riverside Cabin in Oregon Gets a Blindingly Bright Renovation
Armed with white primer and an eye for stylish accessories, a Portland-based creative couple revitalize a midcentury retreat on the Wilson River.
A Jazz-Age Classic in Florida Gets an Ovation-Worthy Revamp
An architect couple restore an Art Deco gem, gently modernizing it for work and family life.
A Creative Couple’s Redwood-Clad Home Draws In Panoramic Bay Area Views
Elizabeth Paige Smith and Christopher Stringer’s hilltop retreat is a lucent gem on an impressive perch.
Before & After: A Classic NYC Loft Ditches Its ’90s Look for Refined Minimalism
This West Chelsea loft shines with a pared-back palette of bleached walnut and exposed brick.
Before & After: A Blighted Boarding House in Sydney Is Now an Adaptable Courtyard Home
COX Architecture’s Joe Agius reconfigures a terrace house around a verdant courtyard, drawing inspiration from Moroccan riads.
An 1860s Stable Modernized in Melbourne
On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating...
Street Art Meets Vintage Pieces in a Chic Parisian Renovation
Punchy accent walls, Banksy paintings, and midcentury modern icons add a touch of flair to this updated Haussmann apartment.
Before & After: Thoughtful Tweaks Rescue an L.A. Villa From Builder Blandness
Interior designer Sarah Zachary brings charm to every room of a 1937 home with carefully selected wallpaper, vintage finds, and functional built-ins.
Before & After: A Portland Victorian Goes Into Full Glam Mode
Using rich tones and textures inspired by vintage silk scarves, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design transforms a historic home in Southwest Hills.
Delightful Curves Abound in This Revamped Cottage in Sydney
Carter Williamson Architects preserves the heritage facade of a 100-year-old dwelling in Annandale while imbuing the interiors with pastel hues and rounded details.
Budget Breakdown: A Mother-Daughter Duo Give an Airstream a Vivacious Remodel for $64K
Having never renovated an Airstream before, Tristan and Lynne Knowlton took to the challenge with plenty of gusto (and elbow grease).
Give Your Home a Quick Refresh With This Room-by-Room Guide
When you’re not ready for an overhaul but still want to spruce up your space, sometimes changing one or two things can be transformative.
Interior Designer Stephanie Dyer’s Remodeling Tips for the Kitchen
The Portland, Oregon, designer explains how to approach kitchen renovations both large and small.
A 17th-Century Building in the Swiss Alps Is Reimagined as a Residence, Rental, and Wine Bar
Designer Jonathan Tuckey reconfigures a stone-and-timber structure for contemporary living.
A Cleveland Designer Turns a Bare-Bones Loft Into the Perfect Entertaining Space
After going the DIY route in his Asiatown studio, Nolan Beck-Rivera spawns his first furniture line.
Expanses of Glass and Broad Trellises Bring Clarity to a Renovated Home in San Francisco
Architect Anne Fougeron softens and brightens a ’60s-era residence, adding a new glass pavilion.
A Trio of Schindler Houses Brings Together Three Design-Minded Los Angeles Families
Architect Steven Ehrlich of EYRC leads the charge renovating these side-by-side properties.