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 Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

This Winning Renovation Takes Cues From 1930s Cruise Ship Design
This Winning Renovation Takes Cues From 1930s Cruise Ship Design
Plaster Fun House in South Australia draws on Art Deco and P&O style.
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An 11-Foot-Wide Row House in Brooklyn Grows Up to Make Room For a Young Family
Architect Aniket Shahane of Office of Architecture recasts his two-story home as a four-story scheme to keep up with the family’s two growing children.
A Midcentury Ranch Home Is Totally Transformed in Seattle
After being buried under layers of haphazard renovations, a 1959 Seattle ranch finally reaches its maximum potential.
Clever Storage Abounds in This Tiny, Pine-Wrapped Apartment in France
Clever Storage Abounds in This Tiny, Pine-Wrapped Apartment in France
Measuring just 527 square feet, Pine Flat houses various wooden volumes to optimize its small size.
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White Metal Boxes Transform a Madrid Loft Into a “House Within a House”
Inspired by contemporary Japanese architecture, a converted loft in Madrid gains functionality and minimalist charm without losing its airy appeal.
This Revamped Cottage Is a Modern Take on Traditional Japanese Townhouses
Located on a corner lot, this two-bedroom cottage blends old with new in Sydney, Australia.
Before & After: An Artful Update Streamlines a Portland Midcentury
A two-phase remodel revitalizes this 1960 home in the Southwest Hills with warm wood accents and clutter-busting storage.
The Founder of Blue Bottle Coffee Lists a Stylish San Francisco Victorian For $3.85M
This 1894 Queen Anne Victorian was renovated by the same firm that designed Blue Bottle's pared-down cafes.
Slow Down Time at This Zero-Energy Holiday Rental in Northern Spain
Laura Álvarez Architecture brilliantly reworks a stone ruin into a peaceful holiday retreat.
Before & After: A 19th-Century Row House Becomes a Boho Newlyweds’ Nest
A couple in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, leap right into the renovation of an 1898 row house after their honeymoon.
This Crisp Spanish Dwelling Makes Use of Every Nook and Cranny
This Crisp Spanish Dwelling Makes Use of Every Nook and Cranny
Clean white finishes abut beech wood walls in this rejuvenated home in Petrer.
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Folks Are Turning Themselves In to This Bonnie-and-Clyde-Era Jail in Texas
The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas, is a 1930s jail that has reopened for a new kind of booking.
Before & After: A Brick Church in Quebec Becomes a Resonant Home
A family design-build team converts a historic church into an unforgettable dwelling that lifts the spirit.
I-Beam Transforms a Humdrum Long Island Home Into a Calm Oasis
After years of incongruous add-ons and remodels, a tired abode finally gets a cohesive revamp.
Before & After: A Melbourne Pub Is Recast as a Funky Home
Formerly a dated pub, then an office space, Hoa’s House is now a three-bedroom abode with curves in all the right places.
An Architect Opens a 1920s Queenslander to the Great Outdoors
Architect Scott Petherick's Australian abode is defined by period details, clean contemporary lines, and airy spaces that open to gardens.
Before & After: A Mullet Renovation Fills a Portland “Super Bungalow” With Daylight
A remodel brings additional light into a 1907 craftsman by introducing a “glassy chunk of...
A Spectacular Pacific Northwest Home Remodeled by Tom Kundig Asks $3.45M
This Pacific Northwest gem is set on a 3.26-acre forested lot just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.
A Reinvented Terrace House in London Is Chock-Full of Clever Storage
A modular, adjustable, floor-to-ceiling storage wall is just one of the renovated home’s solutions.
Stepping Stones Lead to This Daylit Dwelling in the Middle of a Pond
Two steel structures expand a family's existing living area while embracing the calming effects of surrounding nature.
Writer Susan Orlean Restores a Schindler Classic in L.A.
A literary couple embrace the quirks of a California modernist. Twice.
A Designer Couple Restore a British Modern Masterpiece
Two designers take on the restoration of a British masterpiece.
A Post-War Bungalow in Australia Gains an Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment Hub
By extending the home’s lower level, Pleysier Perkins created a light-filled living area that’s perfect for dinner parties.
After a Thousand-Mile Journey, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mäntylä Opens to Overnight Guests
Meticulously restored and relocated by the husband-and-wife team behind Polymath Park in Pennsylvania, Mäntylä opens to tours and overnight stays near Fallingwater.
Top 5 Jaw-Dropping Home Renovations of the Week
The best renovations restore homes without sacrificing their original essence. Take a look at these stunning transformations that prove the Dwell community has an eye for style.
A Hip Live/Work Space Occupies an Old Theater in Barcelona
Cadaval & Solà-Morales converts a 19th-century theater into a lofty live/work space with an industrial edge.
Budget Breakdown: A Toronto Home Makes the Most of an Infill Lot For $446K
In Toronto, Atelier RZLBD replaces a nondescript home on an infill lot with a breezy, adaptable dwelling.
32 Architects Reveal Budget Breakdowns For Projects Ranging From $1.5K to $910K
Have you ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at what a renovation or new build actually costs?
A Concrete Addition Caps a Photographer’s Georgian-Style Home in London
For the renovation and expansion of this listed house in East London, Archer + Braun draws inspiration from postwar Brutalism.
Before & After: A Contemporary Renovation Brings Coastal Views and Indoor/Outdoor Living
A 1960s home in San Diego is updated and transformed with expansive windows and sliding patio doors.