A humble postman's cottage is the center from which architect David Sheppard built this 2,497-square-foot residence in Devon County, England. The new construction is clad in the same mix of granite and limestone used on the cottage’s exterior walls thanks to a disused local quarry.
“I instantly saw all the interesting possibilities,” architect Jonas Bjerre-Polsen says of the 1860s fisherman's cottage outside Copenhagen that he transformed into a modern, white family residence filled with Danish hygge coziness. “As an architect you see not what it is but what it could be.”
In Valencia, Spain, designer Jaime Hayon snapped up a 2,600-square-foot late-18th-century flat and filled with vintage finds and his own designs and prototypes.
“I could see immediately what walls should stay and what should be ripped out and changed,” says interior designer Peter Fehrentz of his turn-of-the-20th-century Berlin apartment. “I had a fantasy about how to transform it into a very personal place.”
Government restrictions on historic buildings and the residents' desire to give their child an idyllic rural upbringing led Guido and Sabrina Chiavelli to transform a once-abandoned farmhouse in a small northern Italian town rather than start from scratch.