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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

See the Careful Transformation of a Midcentury Eichler in San Francisco
See the Careful Transformation of a Midcentury Eichler in San Francisco
Joseph Eichler developed more than 11,000 homes in California from 1949 to 1966, and though tons are still standing today, many of them have lost their authenticity after going...
 - 10 months ago
A Designer Completely Transforms a Little 1950s House With $125K
A Designer Completely Transforms a Little 1950s House With $125K
In her first solo project, a young designer remakes a raw 850-square-foot house in Culver City by herself and on a tight budget.
 - 10 months ago
You Wouldn't Expect the Rooftop Addition on This American Foursquare in Portland
You Wouldn't Expect the Rooftop Addition on This American Foursquare in Portland
LEVER Architecture calls the project the Fivesquare in reference to the modern glass box that now crowns the traditional Foursquare home.
 - 10 months ago
A 16th-Century Florentine Palazzo Is Transformed Into an Artist Residency
A 16th-Century Florentine Palazzo Is Transformed Into an Artist Residency
Housed within the Palazzo Galli Tassi in the heart of Florence, Numeroventi is an artist residency, exhibition space, and loft apartments for rent that are inspired by...
 - 10 months ago
A Melbourne Midcentury Gets a Palm Springs-Inspired Revival
A Melbourne Midcentury Gets a Palm Springs-Inspired Revival
Built in 1964 and originally designed by architect Harry Ernest, a worn-down home undergoes an overhaul that embraces the spirit of the original.
 - 10 months ago
An 1850s Farmhouse in Iowa City Gets a Modern Makeover
An 1850s Farmhouse in Iowa City Gets a Modern Makeover
A modest 1850s farmhouse gets an addition and renovation that respect the vernacular of rural Iowa while modernizing the residence.
 - a year ago
An Architectural Mishmash in Montreal Becomes a Long-Term Family Home
An Architectural Mishmash in Montreal Becomes a Long-Term Family Home
A couple turns a cramped Montreal quadruplex into a spacious and flexible family home on the very street where one of them grew up.
 - 3 years ago
A Luminous Renovation in Portugal Creates a Bright and Airy Apartment
A Luminous Renovation in Portugal Creates a Bright and Airy Apartment
An Álvaro Siza-designed apartment in Lisbon undergoes a renovation that results in a more spacious, light-filled interior.
 - a year ago
A 1974 Kit House Is Gutted in a Frenzy, Then Fine-Tuned For Close to a Decade
A 1974 Kit House Is Gutted in a Frenzy, Then Fine-Tuned For Close to a Decade
A couple rehab and refine a drab suburban home outside of New York City.
 - 10 months ago
This Venetian Apartment Is Bursting With Incredible European Furnishings
This Venetian Apartment Is Bursting With Incredible European Furnishings
A renovation breathes new life into an apartment and its access stairwell in a historic Venetian building.
 - a year ago
Check Back
Check Back
After a stealth makeover, a California Craftsman gains light, space, and a partial facelift.
 - 2 years ago
A New Hip Roof Rejuvenates a California-Style Bungalow in Melbourne
A New Hip Roof Rejuvenates a California-Style Bungalow in Melbourne
This Melbourne house inspired by California bungalows was renovated and extended without neglecting its original form or architectural language.
 - a year ago
2 New Gable Roofs Brighten Up an Edwardian Cottage in Melbourne
2 New Gable Roofs Brighten Up an Edwardian Cottage in Melbourne
The Melbourne beachside suburb of Sandringham is filled with period houses such as this Edwardian timber home—but this one has been through a particularly special renovation.
 - a year ago
This Compact Apartment in NYC Is Full of Crafty Solutions
This Compact Apartment in NYC Is Full of Crafty Solutions
A transforming apartment in New York offers ingenious solutions for making the most of limited square footage.
 - a year ago
Soak In the Greatness of This Gorgeous Melbourne Addition
Soak In the Greatness of This Gorgeous Melbourne Addition
Pandolfini Architects melds steel, concrete, and oak in an elegant, double-height rear addition to a 100-year-old residence.
 - a year ago
A Hudson Valley Home's Renovation Is Guided by its Best Midcentury Feature
A Hudson Valley Home's Renovation Is Guided by its Best Midcentury Feature
High on the east bank of New York's Hudson River, a special midcentury home receives a stunning renovation inspired by the strength of its initial design.
 - a year ago
Family-Friendly Renovation of a Brick Warehouse in Alabama
Family-Friendly Renovation of a Brick Warehouse in Alabama
In Alabama, a commercial building with a multifarious past begins a fresh chapter for a young family after a modern renovation.
 - 4 years ago
A Tiny Apartment in Slovakia Makes Clever Use of Space
A Tiny Apartment in Slovakia Makes Clever Use of Space
A lesson in efficiency, this flexible, 237-square-foot apartment in Slovakia uses custom-made storage and furniture to its full advantage.
 - a year ago
A Renovation Elevates This Humble Ranch Among its Iconic Midcentury Neighbors
A Renovation Elevates This Humble Ranch Among its Iconic Midcentury Neighbors
An architect immersed in the history of California modernism restored a nondescript Los Angeles ranch house bordering a celebrated midcentury neighborhood.
 - 3 years ago
Spirit of the South
Spirit of the South
With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home.
 - 7 years ago
Reinvigorating a Classic Midcentury Home in Portland
Reinvigorating a Classic Midcentury Home in Portland
Architect Risa Boyer deftly redesigns the interior of this 1950 home to ensure it still feels original.
 - a year ago
A Cramped Amsterdam Apartment Is Transformed Into an Airy Loft
A Cramped Amsterdam Apartment Is Transformed Into an Airy Loft
A formal rental apartment in Pijp, Amsterdam, previously broken up into many rooms with minimal light, now provides gleaming, open living spaces filled with natural light and...
 - a year ago
A Victorian Cottage in Houston Finds New Life as a Local Firm's Office
A Victorian Cottage in Houston Finds New Life as a Local Firm's Office
In Houston's historic Old Sixth Ward, a neglected, 1904 Folk Victorian cottage is relocated and restored as a modern office.
 - a year ago
Creative Renovation in Brooklyn
Creative Renovation in Brooklyn
When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t...
 - 9 years ago
A Maine Farmhouse Built With Salvaged Materials
A Maine Farmhouse Built With Salvaged Materials
Caleb Johnson Studio combined materials recovered from a vintage farmstead, as well as a midcentury modern teardown, to create the ultimate modern farmhouse.
 - a year ago
Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
“I can show you what it was…and what it is,” Joe Dolce says, delineating the slight, 250-square-foot addition to his Long Island summer home.
 - 10 years ago
A Hidden Penthouse Sits Atop a Historic Cast-Iron Building in New York
A Hidden Penthouse Sits Atop a Historic Cast-Iron Building in New York
Located in Tribeca, this residential development consists of a complete renovation and new construction—both concealed behind one of New York's historic cast-iron facades.
 - a year ago
An Old Amsterdam School Is Converted Into 10 Apartments
An Old Amsterdam School Is Converted Into 10 Apartments
In Amsterdam’s Bellamy neighborhood, an old school is repurposed and transformed into modern, lofty apartments.
 - a year ago
An Old Cattle Barn in Slovenia Is Saved and Transformed Into a Family Home
An Old Cattle Barn in Slovenia Is Saved and Transformed Into a Family Home
A former Alpine cattle barn in Slovenia becomes a lofty family vacation home.
 - a year ago
9 Traditional-Turned-Modern Cottages You Can Rent in the UK
9 Traditional-Turned-Modern Cottages You Can Rent in the UK
Escape to a classic cottage in the UK that's been updated with modern elements—bringing together the old and the new.
 - a year ago