Modern renovations can give new life to midcentury gems, old industrial buildings, and other outdated spaces.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

Before & After: A Beloved Family Camper Gets a Minty Fresh Makeover
Before & After: A Beloved Family Camper Gets a Minty Fresh Makeover
Lauren Garcia used to have sleepovers in the RV as a kid. Now, she and her husband revived the 1977 trailer for their own adventures.
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This Unremarkable ’80s Flat in Barcelona Was Ripe for Reinvention
There was nothing worth saving, so Forma Arquitectura employed metallic accents, mirrored partitions, and strategic sightlines to transform the dull flat into a dynamic home.
A Maine Couple Find Their Passion for Design in an Island Cabin Renovation
The 1969 summer house needed a gut remodel—so Carisa Salerno and Aaron Levin rebuilt it piece by piece: “In the end, we feel like we built a sculpture, not a...
A Soaring Timber Extension Revs Up a Quiet Suburban Home in Australia
A Soaring Timber Extension Revs Up a Quiet Suburban Home in Australia
Ben Callery Architects performs an epic renovation at the rear of a bungalow that maximizes a nature-loving family’s connection with the outdoors.
Before & After: An Architect Levels Up His Tiny Seattle Cottage With a Soaring Skylight
Clint Bailey tears down walls and breaks through the ceiling to fill his 700-square-foot home with natural light and new living space.
An Extension With a Pool Links a Narrow Belgian Home to Its Backyard
Local firm G&G Architecten create a courtyard and a dining room with bifold doors that open completely to a landscaped garden.
A Major Apartment Renovation in Brazil Hits All the Right Notes
At a 1970s flat, architect Ana Sawaia knocked down interior walls for a more open plan and infused it with light, soft colors, and budget-friendly finishes.
A Renovation Reveals Hardwood Floors and Concrete Beams in This Airy Rio Apartment
Furnishings and plants add pops of color that complement the Brazilian home’s original features.
Before & After: In Buenos Aires, a Crumbling Home Gets a Major Refresh With a Rooftop Pool
A couple spruce up a dilapidated dwelling in an industrial area with a living roof, emerald tile, and plants, plants, plants.
Small Tweaks Turn a Traditional Japanese House Into a Home for a Potter and His Family
Architecture studio Raumus applied flattering finishes and created flexible spaces for work, play, and family living.
Architect Albert Lanier’s Redwood House in San Francisco Gets a Spirited Renovation
Architect Albert Lanier’s Redwood House in San Francisco Gets a Spirited Renovation
Designed in 1974 by Lanier, famed artist Ruth Asawa’s husband, the Noe Valley residence features fresh new finishes and an expanded plan that takes advantage of city views.
Marés Stone Meets Playful Color at This Apartment Renovation in Spain
The texture of the gold-hued walls and ceiling is balanced with red steel beams, polished concrete, and pops of pink.
Before & After: A Nature-Forward Napa Valley Home Kicks Off a New Era
A San Francisco couple and their new baby find the perfect space for their next chapter—rattlesnakes and all.
An Apartment in São Paulo’s Famous Lausanne Building Gets a Glowing Facelift
With respect to its original vision, Superlimão delicately opens the interiors of a flat inside German architect Franz Heep’s 1958 landmark.
Rafael de Cárdenas Opens Up His Un-Parisian Paris Pied-à-Terre
The compact space he shares with his partner eschews clichés and embraces designer lighting.
A New York City Couple Embrace Retirement in a Converted Dairy Farm Upstate
Worrell Yeung creates a dark-green compound that feels private, despite a busy road nearby.
A Los Angeles Musician’s Shed-Roofed Home Gets a Pitch-Perfect Renovation
Drew Straus calls on Laun Studio to update his 1930s house with a copper roof, cobalt-blue finishes, and a sunny music studio.
In Buenos Aires, a Family’s Experimental Renovation Tests the Boundaries of a Busy Street Corner
Architects Nicolás Tovo and Teresa Sarmiento shielded their mostly glass home from view while preserving a connection to the outdoors.
An Architect Couple Give a Loft in a Former Light Bulb Factory a Glowing Revamp
The founding partners of CO–G elevate mundane materials as they cleverly divide the space for work, rest, and play.
A Historic Fortress in Greece Becomes a Ruggedly Handsome Home
Etsi Architects reversed a renovation that turned it into a motel in the ’60s, uncovering beautiful stonework and enhancing its connection to the sea.
My House: A Filmmaker Couple Put a London Shoe Factory Back Into Production as Their Home and Studio
The apartment inside was worse for the wear, but local firm Studio McW turned its raw beauty into a camera-ready live/work space.
A Thoughtful Renovation Reveals Roman Ruins Beneath a Historic Home in Granada
In the process of turning the residence into an airy and colorful home, owner Celia Muñoz discovered several artifacts, like a bust of emperor Hadrian.
In Melbourne, a Quaint Victorian Facade Gives Way to Swaths of Marble and Rich Wood Paneling
Project 12 Architecture uses a sumptuous palette to craft a rear extension with private and shared spaces for a family of five.
Before & After: A Wood-Laden Lake Tahoe Cabin Gets a Dose of Scandi Cool
Innen Studio and Gallois Interiors freshen up a fusty retreat with subtle texture, Nordic furniture, and a color palette that reflects its scenic setting.
Wood-Framed Insertions Preserve and Improve an Artist’s Historic Home in Italy
Messner Architects gutted the interiors of the inconspicuous structure, turning the ground floor into a studio with ample built-ins, light, and space to create.
Pastel Colors and Vintage Furnishings Rule in This Polish Flat
Local interior design studio Mistovia gives the Katowice home a facelift, expertly mingling preexisting Silesian design elements with newer Italian pieces.
12 Churches That Have Been Turned Into Heavenly Homes
Sought-after design elements like vaulted ceilings, tall windows and doors, and historic charm came built in with these renovated residences.
Before & After: A Couple Fix Up a Dated Townhouse From 450 Miles Away
Bowerbird Architects connects remotely with clients to update a Brooklyn home at the start of the pandemic.
Gorgeous Wood Abounds in This Immaculately Restored Colorado Midcentury Home
After scooping up the 1961 residence, aptly situated on Wood Avenue, its prideful new owners brought back its luster with a sensitive renovation.
A Silver Lake Tudor’s Gut Renovation Shows That Bigger Isn’t Always Better
The facade’s two-tone paint job is just the start for Bestor Architecture’s renovation of a 1926 house overlooking the reservoir.