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Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Near Amsterdam, a Couple Turn the Top of a Former Chapel Into Their Home and Studio
Near Amsterdam, a Couple Turn the Top of a Former Chapel Into Their Home and Studio
Textile designer Milla Novo and her husband move into a converted monastery, uncovering religious frescoes in the renovation process.
Fashion Designer Lezanne Viviers’s Johannesburg Digs Double as a Studio and Concept Store
The glass-fronted, 1960s gem acts as a display case for her eponymous label, vibrant artworks, and modernist furniture.
A Perfume Magnate Renovates a House With a Murky Past Outside Paris
The 1960s building is a concrete masterpiece—but who really designed it?
An Australian Renovation Weaves Together Indoor Spaces With Lush Gardens for a Year-Round Oasis
An Australian Renovation Weaves Together Indoor Spaces With Lush Gardens for a Year-Round Oasis
For a family of five and their goldendoodle, there’s always room to roam—no matter the weather.
A Remodeled Ranch-Style Home in Oakland Gains Both Space and Midcentury Charisma
In the Bay Area, a 1950s low-rise home is adapted over time to meet its owner’s lifestyle at every turn.
A Culinary Couple’s Retirement Plan Helps Revitalize a Cincinnati Neighborhood
A husband and wife decide to retire in a historic downtown enclave—and in the process, they reimagine what the area could be.
Timber Slatting Steals the Show at This Renovated Terrace House in London
In the expansion of his sister and brother-in-law’s Victorian in the Blackheath neighborhood, architect Ben Minifie implemented gorgeous wood cladding inside and out.
A Restored Stable in the Italian Alps Embraces Its Unparalleled Landscape
Milan-based architecture firm ATOMAA transforms a crumbling structure into a beloved family retreat inspired by traditional Alpine architecture.
In the Idyllic Catskills, Designers Take Homes From Rickety to Ravishing
Lured by the siren call of the mountains, these New Yorkers wield hammer and nail to tackle the region’s fixer-uppers.
Blink and You Might Miss the Subtle Beauty of Alessia Mosci’s Upcycled London Flat
The creative director and co-owner of MWAI repurposed as many materials as she could to turn an old apartment building into her own refined residence.
Before & After: A Radiant Renovation Opens a Portland Midcentury to Its Forested Lot
Before & After: A Radiant Renovation Opens a Portland Midcentury to Its Forested Lot
Risa Boyer Architecture revitalizes a 1955 home with fresh interiors and a covered patio for lounging in every season, rain or shine.
14 Row Houses and Brownstones “Before & After” Their Much-Needed Makeovers
In these transformations, designers tackle everything from confusing floor plans to woefully dark interiors.
A Sparkling Kitchen Renovation Hits the Reset Button on an ’80s Home in New York
To accommodate a young family leaving the city, design firm Stewart-Schafer revamps the kitchen and living areas of an outdated upstate home in just three months.
This Glamorous New Hotel in Antwerp Used to Be an Augustinian Convent
On the site of a former military hospital, August is a quiet—but impactful—sanctuary with neoclassical roots.
Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of a Home Renovation From a Real-Life Couple
Londoners Nadine and Juls, who started revamping their first house just before the pandemic, share their tips on planning, budgeting, and DIY.
Architects Share Helpful Tips From Their Own Home Renovations
These expert insights will help you navigate the dos and don’ts of the remodel process.
A 17th-Century Apartment in France Is Transformed With Curves and Color
Studio Razavi Architecture blends old and new to create a moody, introspective space for a bachelor living in Lyon.
A Renovated Family Home in Austin Floats in a Sea of Trees
Local firm Side Angle Side designs a second-story addition for a 1953 home, creating a dialogue with the stand of oaks that surrounds it.
Before & After: A Designer Turns an Ugly Duckling Into a Luminous Catskills Retreat
Unexpectedly facing the renovation alone, a Brooklyn-based DIYer rallies the help of her friends to transform a dated home.
A Midcentury Relic in Perth Gets a Gut Renovation—and the Results Are Stunning
With its modernist, ’60s flair preserved, the coastal family home now features flowing living spaces that combine bespoke built-ins and scintillating textures.
This Tiny Apartment in Madrid Takes a Radical Approach to Saving Space
For the redesign of the ’70s flat, BURR Studio skipped bulky walls, instead utilizing curtains on curved tracks that allow the residents to manipulate the interiors on a whim.
A 1960s Mediterranean in Spain Becomes an Indoor/Outdoor Oasis for Three Sisters
Las Tres Marias features a series of arches, terra-cotta tiles, and opened-up interiors that provide the sisters with a breezy holiday home near the coast.
Before & After: A Ramshackle New Jersey Row Home Becomes a Passive House With Pizzazz
Mowery Marsh Architects carve out a top-floor courtyard to bring light into a newly net-zero townhouse.
An Electric Blue Addition Punches Up a 1930s Bungalow in L.A.
Productora and Part Office revitalize an Elysian Heights home with bright metal siding and a sawtooth roof.
An Optometrist’s Midcentury Ranch House in Montreal Gets a Clear-Sighted Renovation
A client with an eye for clean design brings on la Shed Architecture for a razor-sharp revival of his ’50s residence.
Historic Details and Playful Modernism Meet in this Stunning Barcelona Flat
Historic mosaic tiles inspired this modern renovation by Anna and Eugeni Bach.
A Rusted-Out Refrigerator Trailer Gets a Gleaming Overhaul as a Short-Term Rental
Dubbed Good Spot, the sleek, upcycled trailer is the first of four units being transformed by Polish firm Znamy sie as part of a new mobile hotel chain.
A Family’s Queenslander Cottage Is Cracked Open With an Airy, Shed-Like Addition
The extension by design firm zuzana&nicholas features a lofted interior and massive sliders, creating a space that flows into the surrounding gardens.
Before & After: A Design Duo Give Themselves Free Rein to Experiment With Their Portland Bungalow
Lara White and Jason Stamp of Workaday Design infuse their 1922 house with plenty of personality.
An Addition to a 1940s Home in Sydney Amplifies Its Connection to the Outdoors
Architect Polly Harbison designs an extension for her sister’s home to include a kitchen, a bedroom with an outdoor shower, and wide-open garden views.