Linda Hutchins and John Montague hired Works Partnership Architecture to turn a former warehouse and auto repair shop in Portland into a versatile live-work space. Architects William Neburka and Carrie Strickland set off some spaces with walls that stop shy of the bowstring trusses to preserve an overall sense of openness.
In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family carved out a cozy, light-filled home. Their dining room and sitting area used to be an uninsulated greenhouse; now it’s an airy space where the family gathers for meals at a weathered table.
Architect George Bradley and his husband, Eddie Baba, renovated a 1941 house in San Francisco. The entrance opens into a light-filled hall, with a Marcel Wanders chandelier and a Luna console table by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.
A new pavilion, which the residents describe as a greenhouse and library rolled into one, added a modern edge to this Dutch Colonial–style house in Rhode Island
When Molly Alexander and Graeme Anthony were looking for a house to renovate for their growing family—including five-year-old Chloe, seen here—they didn’t expect to find it right next door to Alexander’s own childhood home. The bright sanctuary they created features vintage Singer sewing stools at the American walnut–topped kitchen island and hanging lamps from Ikea.
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
In Stuttgart, Germany, Behnisch Architekten gave a 1930s house a bright, eco-friendly update, removing interior walls, flattening the roof, and adding floor-to-ceiling windows, while reducing its overall carbon footprint in the process.
In 2000, strapped by a “very finite budget,” architect Jeff Sherman bought a wrecked row house in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, that had been used as an illegal breeding kennel. Over the next ten years, working as his own general contractor and builder, he transformed the space into a sophisticated home with a bright, colorful and comfy living room.
In a 1920s building on St-Dominique Street in Montreal, formerly a factory for canned soup, a sleek apartment for a family now stands.
A 200-year-old factory in Italy was transformed into an inviting home by designer Paola Navone. Visitors pass by a sentry wall of lamps from Design House Stockholm on their way to the airy living-dining room with its 52 windows.