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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 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.
 - 3 months ago
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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 months ago
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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 months ago
A Renovation Sheds New Light on a Cookie-Cutter Home in Sydney
A Renovation Sheds New Light on a Cookie-Cutter Home in Sydney
Strategically located skylights brighten and modernize this renovated 1950s bungalow.
 - 4 months ago
Before & After: A Dated Hamptons Home Is Now a Luminous Retreat
Before & After: A Dated Hamptons Home Is Now a Luminous Retreat
Brooklyn–based practice Isaac-Rae reimagines an outdated beach house in as a modern year-round second home for a family of four.
 - 4 months ago
A Rickety Gin Distillery Is Reborn Into a Bright, Award-Winning Home
A Rickety Gin Distillery Is Reborn Into a Bright, Award-Winning Home
A design duo strategically transform a dark, rundown distillery into their own modern abode.
 - 4 months ago
Budget Breakdown: A Tired RV Is Refreshed and Relisted For $21K
Budget Breakdown: A Tired RV Is Refreshed and Relisted For $21K
A DIY couple in Phoenix give a 2004 Jayco camper a contemporary upgrade and put it back on the market.
 - 5 months ago
A Sunny Stairwell Brings Light to an Old Shanghai Dwelling
A Sunny Stairwell Brings Light to an Old Shanghai Dwelling
Dark and structurally unsound, a narrow, three-story home needed to be brightened up.
 - 4 months ago
Before & After: An Uninspired RV Gets a Cheery Refresh For $5K
Before & After: An Uninspired RV Gets a Cheery Refresh For $5K
The couple behind The Arrow Anglers revamp an outdated Everest travel trailer on a tight budget, infusing modern amenities and farmhouse-inspired vibes.
 - 4 months ago
This Triangular Tree House Adds Whimsy to a Backyard in Australia
This Triangular Tree House Adds Whimsy to a Backyard in Australia
An angular addition breaks the rules of suburbia.
 - 4 months ago
A Melbourne Victorian Is Lovingly Renovated to Extend its Life Story
A Melbourne Victorian Is Lovingly Renovated to Extend its Life Story
The owners of a historic property in Melbourne see it as having a past, present, and future. They wanted to protect that story as best they could.
 - 4 months ago
This Renovated Sydney Home Feels Like a Superhero’s Secret Lair
This Renovated Sydney Home Feels Like a Superhero’s Secret Lair
An award-winning renovation and addition offer a pair of introverted homeowners the sanctuary they crave.
 - 4 months ago
Loads of Color Define a Revamped 1960s Townhouse in London
Loads of Color Define a Revamped 1960s Townhouse in London
A couple rework a house in a development by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew.
 - 4 months ago
25 Epic Kitchen Renovations to Tack to Your Inspiration Board
25 Epic Kitchen Renovations to Tack to Your Inspiration Board
Before you plunge into your own project, spark some ideas with these exemplary kitchen makeovers.
 - 4 months ago