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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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 Couple Convert An Old School Bus Into A Light and Efficient Family Home
A Couple Convert An Old School Bus Into A Light and Efficient Family Home
The Mayes family transformed a Thomas High Top into a well-organized and airy humble abode, using thoughtful storage and a minimalist color palette.
 - 4 months ago
This Renovation Will Make You Rethink the Typical Look of a California Beach House
This Renovation Will Make You Rethink the Typical Look of a California Beach House
A 1960s Southern California seaside property gets a luxe update that still fits in with its natural surroundings.
 - 4 months ago
A Chic, Renovated A-Frame in Palm Springs Asks $535K
A Chic, Renovated A-Frame in Palm Springs Asks $535K
A Los Angeles designer lists her 1961 A-frame on the market after a top-to-bottom renovation.
 - 4 months ago
6 Flooring Options to Consider For Your Next Kitchen Renovation
6 Flooring Options to Consider For Your Next Kitchen Renovation
Let's face it: your kitchen floor probably gets the most action of any of the flooring in your house.
 - 6 months ago
A Spanish Architect Converts a Cement Factory Into a Breathtaking Home and Headquarters
A Spanish Architect Converts a Cement Factory Into a Breathtaking Home and Headquarters
With La Fábrica, architect Ricardo Bofill reimagines a ruin from Barcelona’s industrial age.
 - 4 months ago
This Copenhagen Rooftop Renovation Embodies the Future of Urban Design
This Copenhagen Rooftop Renovation Embodies the Future of Urban Design
Residents of a building confined within a dense Copenhagen neighborhood finally get the outdoor space they desire—in an unlikely place.
 - 4 months ago
Life in This Renovated Houseboat Would Be But a Dream
Life in This Renovated Houseboat Would Be But a Dream
Stealth storage and a color palette borrowed from nature lets this Australian houseboat live larger than its 495 square feet.
 - 4 months ago
A Tiny Apartment in the Italian Riviera Takes Cues From Nautical Design
A Tiny Apartment in the Italian Riviera Takes Cues From Nautical Design
Inspired by the region's maritime roots, this 377-square-foot unit hides the bedroom behind a crafty plywood storage system.
 - 4 months ago
A 20th-Century Dutch Schoolhouse Now Holds a Series of Airy Lofts
A 20th-Century Dutch Schoolhouse Now Holds a Series of Airy Lofts
Built in 1912, an old school in Rotterdam, South Holland, is reincarnated as six light-filled apartments.
 - 4 months ago
A Washington Horse Stable Becomes a Flexible Artist's Studio
A Washington Horse Stable Becomes a Flexible Artist's Studio
This 760-square-foot stable outside Seattle was converted into an artist's studio, guest bedroom, and more.
 - 4 months ago
Before and After: An A-Frame Cabin Boasts Serious Scandinavian Vibes
Before and After: An A-Frame Cabin Boasts Serious Scandinavian Vibes
After a deliberate makeover by the builder's granddaughter, this chic hideaway in Utah is welcoming new guests.
 - 4 months ago
After a Renovation, a Classic San Francisco Victorian Is Now Bursting With Light and Color
After a Renovation, a Classic San Francisco Victorian Is Now Bursting With Light and Color
An architect reimagines a narrow 1901 row house in Noe Valley while preserving its historic facade.
 - 4 months ago
An Ad Copywriter Edits His Manhattan Row House—and Finds a New Calling
An Ad Copywriter Edits His Manhattan Row House—and Finds a New Calling
Tom Givone reworked a rare 19th-century row house in upper Manhattan on his own, and found a new career along the way.
 - 4 months ago
A Dramatic Home on San Juan Island Appears to Cascade Toward the Sea
A Dramatic Home on San Juan Island Appears to Cascade Toward the Sea
Each of the home’s four staggered volumes is covered in a blanket of native grasses.
 - 4 months ago
A Crafty Triangular Addition Carves Out Office Space in a London Backyard
A Crafty Triangular Addition Carves Out Office Space in a London Backyard
Yellow Cloud Studio invents a triangular, glass-and-plywood extension that turns an awkward backyard space into a light-filled home office.
 - 4 months ago
A New York Transplant Remakes One of Mies van der Rohe’s Coveted Townhouses in Detroit
A New York Transplant Remakes One of Mies van der Rohe’s Coveted Townhouses in Detroit
Calling it a "director’s cut," designer Bryan Boyer reloads his Lafayette Park townhouse with some bonus features.
 - 5 months ago
A Converted 19th-Century Church in the English Countryside Asks $923K
A Converted 19th-Century Church in the English Countryside Asks $923K
The former Baptist church is now an airy, riverside home that spans the old chapel and meeting house.
 - 5 months ago
In Arizona, a Modern Cube and Tumbledown 1930s Shack Make an Unlikely Couple
In Arizona, a Modern Cube and Tumbledown 1930s Shack Make an Unlikely Couple
A local architectural designer bridges the gap between new construction and historic preservation in a central Phoenix neighborhood.
 - 5 months ago
A Multipurpose Bedroom Box Is This Tiny Apartment's Genius Solution
A Multipurpose Bedroom Box Is This Tiny Apartment's Genius Solution
Batiik Studio fashions a minimalist black box that integrates the bedroom, bathroom, and storage to save space in this small Parisian flat.
 - 5 months ago
13 Brilliant Barn Conversions That Merge Past and Present
13 Brilliant Barn Conversions That Merge Past and Present
Despite their humble origins, these modern converted barns are anything but ordinary.
 - 5 months ago
Before and After: Two Game-Changing Kitchen Renovations by a Seattle Studio
Before and After: Two Game-Changing Kitchen Renovations by a Seattle Studio
SHED Architecture & Design doesn't shy away from the challenge of an extensive kitchen revamp.
 - 5 months ago
A Historic Church in London Hosts a New Cantonese Restaurant and Art Gallery
A Historic Church in London Hosts a New Cantonese Restaurant and Art Gallery
Award-winning restaurant Duddell's London opens in the thoughtfully restored St. Thomas Church.
 - 5 months ago
A Photographer Couple's Airstream Renovation Lets Them Take Their Business on the Road
A Photographer Couple's Airstream Renovation Lets Them Take Their Business on the Road
With no prior experience, Brandon and Gabi Fox turn a 1972 Airstream Overlander into a mobile live/work office for their wedding photography business.
 - 5 months ago
A Hamptons Beach Retreat Gets a Scandinavian-Style Makeover
A Hamptons Beach Retreat Gets a Scandinavian-Style Makeover
Taking cues from their style-conscious clients, Portland-based Jessica Helgerson Interior Design transforms an Amagansett home into a light-filled, Scandinavian-inspired getaway.
 - 5 months ago
Graphic Design Guides an Apartment Renovation in Tel Aviv
Graphic Design Guides an Apartment Renovation in Tel Aviv
Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture borrows from the world of graphic design to update this 1960s unit.
 - 5 months ago
A Sleek, Two-Story Addition Hides Behind a Traditional Cottage in Sydney
A Sleek, Two-Story Addition Hides Behind a Traditional Cottage in Sydney
Taking cues from the original home, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects creates a seamless transition from old to new—and the result was shortlisted for the 2017 AIA Awards.
 - 5 months ago
This Renovated Pad in São Paulo's Iconic Lausanne Building Is a Breath of Fresh Air
This Renovated Pad in São Paulo's Iconic Lausanne Building Is a Breath of Fresh Air
Led by AR Architects, the update mixes Brazilian Brutalism with contemporary cool.
 - 5 months ago
What's the Best Way to Save Space in a Small Bathroom?
What's the Best Way to Save Space in a Small Bathroom?
To find out the answer, we surveyed our panel of Dwell Pros.
 - 5 months ago
What's the Most Overlooked Feature When Planning a Kitchen Renovation?
What's the Most Overlooked Feature When Planning a Kitchen Renovation?
We turned to our panel of Dwell Pros for the answer—here's what they said.
 - 5 months ago
A Sleek Renovation in London Ushers Light Into a Family Home
A Sleek Renovation in London Ushers Light Into a Family Home
A streamlined and modernized design transforms this London terrace house into a refined, bright, and spacious home that supports the needs of a growing family.
 - 5 months ago