Whether they suffered from outdated amenities, a convoluted floor plan, or were just plain crumbling down, these “before and after” modern home remodels are unrecognizable from their sordid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.

After: The kitchen faces the back garden and benefits from a double height atrium space. Pine has been used for the kitchen flooring and cabinets. Extensive glazing gives the ground floor living spaces a direct visual link with the courtyard and terrace.

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.

A Car Shop Is Reborn as an Artist’s Loft, Gallery, and Studio in San Francisco, California

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.  



Before: The garage’s condition was such that only its concrete walls and beams could be salvaged. It would take five years to transform the 9,000-square-foot, two-level structure.
Wood beams and concrete walls emerge from cutaways in the drywall, revealing the building’s industrial skeleton. The custom steel-and-oak dining table is by Ohio Design.

After: The lengthy timeline suited the couple’s deliberate way of working. “The fact that it took so long made it easier,” says Michael. “Making all the design decisions at once would have driven us crazy.” Wood beams and concrete walls emerge from cutaways in the drywall, revealing the building’s industrial skeleton. 

Photo by Kristen Hepburn

A 19th-Century Brownstone Is Saved From Utter Disrepair in Brooklyn, New York

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.  

The lime-green office required a new paint job and a complete redesign of its layout to better accommodate the master bath next door.

Before: The lime-green office required a new paint job and a complete redesign of its layout to better accommodate the master bath next door.

Photo by Mike Grosshandler

See the full story on Dwell.com: 36 Stunning “Before and After” Modern Home Renovations

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