Product designer Scott Croyle kept his own design qualities of simplicity and craftsmanship in mind when he revamped the 1930s fixer-upper in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood that he shares with his wife, Michele Godwin and their nine-year-old son.
In 2002, when Tom Givone bought a toppling 200-year-old farmhouse peeling with outdated neon blue paint, his new neighbors in upstate New York advised chucking it straight into a pit in the house’s equally rundown backyard. Instead, the experience helped define the homeowner-turned-contractor's love of the picturesque and channel it into a newfound talent for renovation.
When Dan Pacek and John Roynon moved to the New York City area from Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2002, they settled in a 1911 American Craftsman–style house in Leonia, New Jersey, minutes from the George Washington Bridge. The house, with its oak floors and vintage woodwork, was well preserved and much to their liking, but there was one glaring exception: the kitchen. After 18 months of renovation, the once cramped kitchen reborn is as a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining.
When designer Joel Contreras decided to renovate his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District, he wanted to respectfully preserve the building’s past while also incorporating his love for contemporary architecture. Jonah Busick of Foundry12 happened to live in the same neighborhood, so with his help, Contreras brought his home into the 21st century.
This couple took a minimalist approach to their Brooklyn apartment, focusing on supple materials, subtle gradations of color, and custom finishes by local craftsmen.
Music man Sam Shah, a former A&R rep with Dave Matthews’s ATO Records, and multimedia designer Anne Suttles met at a party in Austin during SXSW 2004. But rather than music, the pair bonded over a shared appreciation for modern Dutch and Danish architecture. After building their own nationally recognized home, the pair found a dilapidated 1920s bungalow in Austin’s Travis Heights neighborhood and set to work complementing the existing 1,000-square-foot structure with a cypress-clad 1,100-square-foot addition.
Located in a former Brooklyn factory, this loft’s gracious, 12-foot ceilings had been hidden by four feet of drop ceiling. The clients—parents of a family of four—initially asked architect Alex Delaunay, founder and principal of SABO project, to simply expand the bathroom. However, as the architect revealed the condo’s more spacious potential, the clients expanded the project to a total interior tear-down and renovation.
Tom Givone continued his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania.
In architecture, as in life, you can often kill two birds with one stone. DUBBELDAM architecture + design demonstrated that when tasked with remodeling a 1,850-square-foot Victorian house that was not only dark and cramped, but also a major energy drainer. The firm overhauled the floor plan in a way that smartly opens up the space, introducing better lighting and passive ventilation without increasing square footage.
Two West Coast transplants, priced out of San Francisco, build their North Carolina dream home. The minimalist cube, nestled into a ridge in a 1960s subdivision outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, is surrounded by clusters of golden beeches, scads of scarlet dogwoods, and a sienna-tinted chestnut tree. Out front lies a four-acre pond.
When Bart and Regina purchased a 2,200-square-foot apartment in 2013, they knew they wanted an open floor plan. With the help of Jane Stageberg of Bade Stageberg Cox, they now have a home to meet the needs of a modern family while paying tribute to the building’s history.
In North Vancouver, D’Arcy Jones Architecture undertook a methodical kitchen renovation on behalf of a creative couple. Originally built in the 1970s, this cliff-side house was in need of an improvement and update. The owners, both visually-minded artistic directors at gaming companies, embarked on a multi-stage renovation that added a sharp modern aesthetic with clean surfaces and volumes.
Architects Anne Marie Lubrano and Lea Ciavarra are known for taking a restrained and thoughtful approach to the spaces they design. “Our attitude is that materials should be honest, resulting in a space that presents itself as simple, comprehensible, and ultimately soothing,” Lubrano says. And that was precisely what guided their transformation of a three-story, 19th-century town house in Manhattan.
In 2008, architects Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf purchased a 28-foot-wide vacant lot on a quiet residential street for their future abode in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Despite budgetary and spatial constraints, the architects refused to compromise on character and infused the structure with a distinctive, modern sensibility. The exterior is clad in brick, wood, metal, and cement fiberboard, all prefinished.
A 1970s Connecticut home with a notable architectural legacy received an expansive update for a family of six. The residing couple originally asked for a simple renovation, but as frequently happens in a remodel process, they found more structural problems and wound up with a complete teardown. The end result: a 6,000-square-foot structure, with six bedrooms and five baths, housed in two elegantly spare bleached cedar–clad wings that are dramatically connected by a two-story bridge.