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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 Compact Australian Bungalow Grows Grander With a Timber-Clad Addition
A Compact Australian Bungalow Grows Grander With a Timber-Clad Addition
A site-sensitive renovation expands a heritage Melbourne home while preserving its original charm.
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Before & After: This Former Garage Is Now a Functional, Colorful Flat With Bubbly Built-Ins
A colorful conversion adds storage and brightens this petite first-floor French flat.
A Barrel-Vaulted Brick Addition Makes This English Home Feel Unexpectedly Airy
A Victorian terrace house in York gains an addition that playfully pits traditional, handmade brick against modern concrete and millwork.
Budget Breakdown: A Gloomy Apartment in Israel Does a Full 180 for $115K
Budget Breakdown: A Gloomy Apartment in Israel Does a Full 180 for $115K
Architect Michael Peled completely flips the layout of an apartment in Haifa to take advantage of treetop views.
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Separate Boîte Equal
From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that...
A New Loft Level Upgrades This Luminous Apartment in Singapore
Sliding partitions and added loft space make this minimalist home ideal for a growing family.
A Mind-Bending Staircase Brings This Toronto Townhouse to the Next Level
Clean lines, pops of color, and sweeping forms transform a traditional townhouse into a sleek, contemporary abode.
Before & After: A Choppy San Francisco Duplex Becomes a Svelte Multigenerational Home
Persevering through a roller-coaster renovation, a San Francisco family makes room for extended relatives in their revamped hillside retreat.
A Silicon Valley Eichler Becomes a Cheery Hub Where Dozens Can Gather
“It’s the new French embassy,” jokes architect Mary Maydan, who turned a previously botched Eichler into a home that’s as warm and welcoming as its social residents.
12 Midcentury Renovated Revelations You Can Find in Seattle
These Seattle homes have successfully struck the balance between treading lightly on the past and revamping for the future.
Budget Breakdown: A Moldy Shed Becomes a Lively Backyard Hangout for Less Than $40K
Budget Breakdown: A Moldy Shed Becomes a Lively Backyard Hangout for Less Than $40K
Once a dilapidated garage, this flexible garden studio in Seattle now serves as an all-weather hub for a mother and daughter.
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10 Ingenious Home Renovations in China That Defy Expectation
These crafty interventions in China and Hong Kong are a testament to out-of-the-box thinking.
A Couple Convert Their Parents’ Garage Into a Transforming ADU
Flexibility rules in an airy Southern California garage-turned-ADU that gives two professionals the chance to ride the wave of the future.
Before & After: This Sleek California Home Is a Master Class on Minimalism
A run-of-the-mill residence in the South Bay receives a John Pawson–inspired renovation that eschews all unnecessary detail.
19 Laudable Midcentury Modern Renovations in Los Angeles
These thoughtful remodels take on the daunting task of preserving the homes’ marvelous midcentury roots.
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A local couple turn the industrial space into a refined residence, recording studio, and gallery.
A Dutch Family’s Resourceful Addition Makes Room for Three Generations
The new space allows three generations to enjoy a coastal property north of Amsterdam.
Before & After: An Adirondacks Lake House Escapes its Amorphous Additions
A couple tap architect Jill Porter, a college friend, to renovate their weekend retreat over seven years—and decide to live there year-round.
A Michigan Farmhouse and Barn Become an Airy Artist Retreat
von Weise Associates salvages an abandoned farm for a creative Chicago couple.
Before & After: A Former Motorcycle Shop Roars to Life as a Breezy Home on Mallorca
Emerald-green tiles accent natural wood and limestone walls in this converted motorcycle repair shop in Palma de Mallorca.
Before & After: A New York City Apartment Goes From Dark and Cramped to Daring and Capacious
A bold renovation turns an outdated apartment in Manhattan into a light and bright home.
14 of the Best Midcentury Renovations Setting the Bar in San Francisco
These renovated homes in the San Francisco Bay Area stay true to their midcentury roots while reaping the benefits of modernization.
This Rooftop Apartment With a Bright Yellow Staircase Is Sunshine in a Bottle
Minimalist design—and a spot of brilliance—transform a 775-square-foot apartment on Mile End Road in East London.
This Luxury Apartment in an 1895 Candy Factory Is a Feast for the Eyes
La Firme turns an industrial flat in Montreal, Canada, into two sleek apartments perfectly suited for entertaining.
Before & After: A Remodel Brings a Famous Cartoonist’s Former Home Back to Life
This Seattle house high above Lake Washington once belonged to illustrator Irwin Caplan. Now it blends refreshed midcentury character with a seamless addition.
Before & After: A Cavernous Chicago Loft Undergoes an Artistic Renovation
Vladimir Radutny Architects refines an industrial loft in Chicago, introducing a restrained palette with sculptural accents.
A Dome-Shaped Austin Home Gets a Kitchen Worthy of its History
A long-awaited renovation flips the script for a historic dome home with an awkward and outdated kitchen.
A Toronto Annex House Glimmers With Mondrian-Inspired Stained Glass
Architect Stephane LeBlanc turns a 1893 Annex-style home into a light-filled sanctuary with plenty of original charm.
Before & After: A Remodel Drags This Italian Apartment Out of the ’60s
In Brescia, Italy, an apartment’s outdated floor plan and worn finishes are exchanged for a streamlined layout and artisanal details.
This Pristine A-Frame Cabin Glows Like a Lantern in a Redwood Forest
A bright-white interior breathes new life into a dark, retro cabin in Western Sonoma.