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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

An Emerging Architect Turns a Victorian Terrace House Into a Lush Inner-City Oasis
This luminous Melbourne home makes the most of a tight floor plan on a small, inner-city site.
- 5 months ago
A Cleverly Designed Bangkok Residence Fits Two Homes Into One
A three-story building is transformed into a flexible residence that can serve as a single home or a duplex.
Dwell’s Top 10 Renovations of 2019
From adaptive reuse to midcentury rehabs, these deft renovations deserve a second look.
Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Ranch in L.A. Gets a Suave Update
Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Ranch in L.A. Gets a Suave Update
An interior stylist with a soft spot for run-down homes brings a 1951 ranch in Monterey Hills back to life.
- 6 months ago
A Glazed Addition Amps Up the Allure of a Victorian Home in Melbourne
HA Architecture introduces a wall of windows to bring light and life into an Australian mullet home.
My House: An Architect Couple’s Playful Courtyard Home in Los Angeles
Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, the couple behind And And And Studio, didn’t shy away from texture or color when it came to renovating their Silver Lake digs.
A Bold Blue Extension Caps a Weatherboard Cottage in Melbourne
Charred black on the outside and bright blue on the inside, a clever extension makes room for a growing family.
Before & After: A Seattle Midcentury Shakes Off a Wacky Addition
SHED Architecture + Design fashions a more coherent layout for a Seward Park home with refreshing lake views.
21 Midcentury Renovations in Portland That Maintain Their Northwest Charm
Take a look at these midcentury beauties that have been outfitted for modern convenience and comfort.
Before & After: An Abandoned Schoolhouse in New Orleans Now Holds Chic Apartments
Built in 1894, this building has served as a schoolhouse, an office, and an event space. Today, it’s home to sleek, Scandinavian-inspired apartments.
A Glass Addition Lends Loft-Style Living to a Traditional Australian Cottage
A Glass Addition Lends Loft-Style Living to a Traditional Australian Cottage
DAH Architecture renovates a Queenslander in Brisbane to better connect with a steep slope and capture light and breezes.
- 6 months ago
Ceiling Cutouts Reveal Peaked Roofs in This Taiwan Apartment
Curved, plaster walls and angled rooflines create a sense of dynamism in one couple’s remodeled pad in Taipei.
Before & After: A Dilapidated Spanish Revival Home in L.A. Gets a Dazzling Renovation
An inspired renovation brings new life to a rundown Spanish Revival home in Los Angeles.
Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Family Splurges on a Dream Kitchen for $91K
Premium cabinets and appliances turn a dim, disconnected kitchen in San Bruno, California, into a central space that checks off all the boxes.
Fashion Designer Lisa Perry Lists a Pop Art–Inspired Palm Beach Estate for $10.9M
Bold primary colors and vintage vibes permeate these sun-filled interiors.
A Kubrick-Esque Farmhouse Kicks Its Fossil Fuel Habit
The owner of an outdoor furniture company updates a 19th-century farmhouse.
16 Best Midcentury Renovations in Austin Celebrating Their Retro Roots
These clever interventions keep Austin weird—in the best way.
A London Terrace House’s Extension Goes Graphic With Pattern and Color
Painted timber buildings in Greenland and British beach huts inspired CAN to give this kitchen/dining extension in Brockley a colorful treatment.
Before & After: This San Francisco Dwelling Feels Like a Japanese Ski Cabin
An adventurous couple’s renovated home in Twin Peaks features a tiered garden, an outdoor spa, and a meditative alcove.
A Couple’s Melbourne Home Uses Geometry to Tell a Love Story
Taking inspiration from a John Donne poem, FMD Architects brings in angled shapes that represent the union of two former clients.
Before & After: A Joshua Tree Midcentury Serves Up Moroccan Vibes
The couple behind Mini Inno turn a 1966 ranch home into a rejuvenating retreat that channels Moroccan influences.
A Couple Unearth Pencil-Drawn Plans for Their Dream Home in a Fallen Shed
A chance discovery sets in motion a reverent renovation of a quirky Long Island home.
An Architect Couple Open Up a Hilltop Home to Commanding Views
The Berkeley aerie captures dramatic views and casts an eye to the future.
This Historic Melbourne Home Hides a Curvaceous Dreamscape Within its Walls
An Edwardian residence in Melbourne is updated, enlarged, and reimagined with a circular poolside pavilion.
Before & After: An Architect’s Verdant Victorian Home Makes the Most of Every Inch
Blank Canvas Architects preserves the Victorian facade of a Port Melbourne home while introducing a seamless backyard connection and a drool-worthy laundry room.
Construction Diary: A Spanish Craftsman Home in L.A. Gets Freshened Up for a Lucky Buyer
Working Holiday Studio enlists their favorite brands to help upgrade a Silver Lake craftsman that’s now a hot property.
A London Townhouse Gets a Gorgeous Renovation That Will Only Look Better Over Time
HÛT Architecture uses a simple palette of handcrafted materials to create a contemporary home for a musician and a furniture designer.
12 Mullet Homes in Melbourne That Are Modern in the Back
These homes present a traditional face to the neighborhood, but the rear facade is a different story.
This Tokyo Apartment’s Kaleidoscopic Kitchen Delights With Cotton Candy Colors
This sugary sweet renovation strikes the right balance between functional and fun.
Before & After: A Converted Office in NYC Ditches Bland Interiors for Brick and Steel
StudioKCA turns a nondescript office in the Financial District into an open home for a young family with views of the historic surroundings.