Renovations

In a place where real estate and rent prices are among the highest in the USA, these projects reinforce the wisdom of working with what you've got.

What's the Best Way to Save Space in a Small Bathroom?
To find out the answer, we surveyed our panel of Dwell Pros.
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.
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...
Actor Bryan Cranston's Green Beach House Renovation
The star of Breaking Bad opens the doors to his family’s recently completed beach house located just outside of Los Angeles.
An Old Horse Barn Is Repurposed as a Chic Desert Guesthouse
Former horse stalls now serve as concrete room dividers in this modernist guest home in Phoenix, Arizona.
A Minimalist Retreat Rises From Old Stone Walls in Hudson Valley
Perched atop a mountain on over six acres of woods, a young couple's weekend getaway incorporates the old with the new.
A Professor and Designer Tests a New Hybrid Material on His Miami Beach Home
Using his Miami Beach home as a laboratory, professor and designer Nick Gelpi tests a material that recasts concrete’s tough...
No Walls Were Knocked Down in the Making of This SF Pad
Materials and furniture transformed the layout of this San Francisco house, without the need for dramatic structural intervention.
Rebooting One Kansas House at a Time
Working part-time from a tiny studio building, architect Chris Fein redesigns dwellings from a range of eras.
A Couple Transform a Vintage Airstream Into a Scandinavian-Inspired Tiny Home
An ambitious couple's DIY overhaul of a decrepit 1971 Airstream Sovereign—purchased for less than $5,000—creates an airy retreat...
An Old Factory in Copenhagen Is Now a Photographer's Dream Home
A central glass atrium brings natural light and glimpses of nature to all three floors.
This Chapel-Turned-Office in Belgium Is Unbelievably Cool
Klaarchitectuur fashions an office space for their firm that balances the building's communal past with modern workplace needs.
Recycled Wood Stars in an Ogle-Worthy Renovation in Australia
Melbourne architect and designer Travis Walton elevates a rustic retreat with a strategic combination of recycled wood, concrete,...
An Ingenious Gold Island Transforms an Industrial Apartment in Paris
Completed for about $120,000, a custom aluminum insertion reinvents a loft in a 1920s industrial building by adding privacy...
You Can Now Rent Frank Lloyd Wright's Gloriously Restored Eppstein House
In Kalamazoo County, Michigan, the Usonian design welcomes guests through Airbnb.
A Silver Lake Home Built in 1939 Is Renovated From Top to Bottom
A prewar house in Los Angeles is extensively renovated to enhance lakeside views and create a fresh, modern aesthetic.
A Renovated Usonian Gem Shows Off Modern Organic Architecture
Originally built in 1952, the Masson House gets an addition and renovation that honors Frank Lloyd Wright's intent and vision.
Dwell’s Top 10 Renovations of 2017
The end of the year is the perfect time to celebrate change and renewal.
Rent One of These Stunning Lofts in a Converted Brooklyn Church
Nestled in a 19th-century church and school, these Bushwick apartments feature cathedral ceilings and Gothic details.
A 19th-Century Schoolhouse in Brooklyn Becomes a Classy Apartment
Inspired by the character of their landmarked building from 1873, two Brooklyn-based interior designers celebrate the heritage of...
One of Melbourne's Oldest Prefab Timber Cottages Gets a Second Chance
A historic Melbourne property that was shipped over from England around the 1850s is carefully rescued and restored.
A 1970s A-Frame Cabin in Big Bear Is Brought Back to Life
A dated property in the mountains of Big Bear, California, is upgraded to highlight its stunning A-frame design with some simple...
An Old Fisherman's House in Sicily Is Transformed Into 2 Apartments
With their property rental business "I Am Sicily" in mind, architects Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel turned a dilapidated...
A Fantastic Renovation in Belgium Rescues a Bauhaus-Inspired Home
Designed in 1969 with the Bauhaus movement as inspiration, the Zoersel House was a prototype meant to be duplicated across the...
Can This Renovated, Loft-Like Home in Spain Be Any Dreamier?
A cramped home in Catalonia gets a dramatic makeover that highlights its best historic details.
A Pink Corridor Connects the Past With the Present in a Victorian Cottage
A brick and fuchsia tunnel creates a time warp in this semi-detached Victorian in a Melbourne suburb.
A Midcentury Eichler in San Mateo Is Turned Into a Functional Family Home
An Eichler just south of San Francisco is carefully renovated in a way that respects the minimalist beauty of the original design.
The Woman Who Grew Up in This L.A. Home Returned to Give it a Stunning Renovation
This 2,272-square-foot house may be part of the owner's past, but its upgraded features make it entirely present.
A 1950s California Ranch House Gets a Modern-Farmhouse Makeover
This remodeled and extended ranch house in Del Mar is a modern farmhouse-meets-beach shack.
Discover 10 Impressive Spaces With Arched Windows and Doors
Most often found in historic renovations, arched details and pathways bring a trace of the past into modern homes, while...

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