Whether they suffered from outdated amenities, a convoluted floor plan, or were just plain crumbling down, these “before and after” modern home remodels are unrecognizable from their sordid pasts.
Need a little inspiration for your next home improvement project? These homeowners got to work and turned their drab spaces into veritable works of art. Keep reading to see the complete overhauls, rearranged layouts, and updated interiors of our favorite “before and after” projects.
SOMA Residence by Dumican Mosey Architects showcases a wide array of art, including, most notably, a Fiat mounted upside down from the ceiling. The auto repair garage in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was dark, rundown, and pungent with grease. But back in 2011, when Klari Reis and Michael Isard first saw the voluminous space, they were focused on its potential for combining life and work. Architect Eric Dumican of Dumican Mosey was brought in to refashion the 1923 structure into a three-bedroom loft above a gallery/studio and a separate rental apartment. Dumican had gotten to know Klari and Michael a decade earlier when Klari’s studio was in the same building as his office. “They’re both avid collectors, so how the architecture was designed to display art was really important for the home, not just for the gallery,” he says.
When Lindsey Branca and Mike Grosshandler purchased a historic brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in early 2017, the decrepit building was mostly in a state of disrepair. Yet the duo, who launched the residential renovation and restoration firm Branca & Co., know a good opportunity when they see one. Enlisting the help of Brooklyn–based designers Sheena Murphy and Tor Sauder of sheep + stone, with whom they had worked with previously, as well as the architectural designers at Frances Mildred, Lindsey and Mike completed a gut renovation of their investment property while preserving as many historic details as possible.
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