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October 5, 2015
Reworked from top-to-bottom, these historic structures were spared the wrecking ball.
Nahtrang pendant lights and ASA armchairs by Bernardo Senna in living room of Miami loft renovation.

Home to restaurant and dog hotel owner Julio Isaza, this modern Miami residence epitomizes the low-maintenance and breeziness of Florida living. The original loft was about 90% gutted to make room for an approximately 3,400-square-foot place for entertainment, work, and relaxation. 

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Eames lounge chair and hammock in office of Miami loft renovation.

“Functionality, practicality and elegance are always on my mind. The ultimate goal is to create spatial harmony based on color, textures, etc.” explains Carlos Casteñada of 2C Design.

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California house facade with rectangular forms and wood siding

On paper, the overhaul of Steve and Colleen Nusinow’s 2,000-square-foot Craftsman-style bungalow in Redondo Beach, California, is a classic empty-nest story: The kids move out, the parents treat themselves to a master suite. But their tale isn’t typical. Like many remodelers, the couple wanted to ditch their cramped bedroom, which faced the street and lacked adequate closet space. In their quest for more room and privacy, the Nusinows turned the house inside out, opening it to the outdoors for entertaining and everyday living. 

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California backyard wooden deck with sun rays

The renovation scheme included recreating the couple’s backyard as a natural extension of their living room.

 

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Modern Brooklyn renovation has caeserstone countertop, stainless steel ikea cabinets and green cola faucet in kitchen

Residents Jonny Bauer and Jill Magid flipped the script on their family home, a former workman’s cottage on the northern edge of Brooklyn. The couple bought the home in June of 2011, then hired local firm Noroof Architects for the renovation. The five-month permitting process was the first stumbling block; during inspections with their architects, engineers, contractors, and city officials, they learned that the light remodel they had anticipated was turning into a major gut job. “But we were so determined to keep the shell,” says Bauer. 

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Modern Brooklyn renovation street facade

The original brick front tied the structure to its historical fabric, a main selling point for the couple. In order to shore up the exterior, the architects had to painstakingly add a poured-concrete load-bearing wall into the brick shell.

 

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Lawrence and Alice confer in the ground-floor kitchen. Traces of color are visible everywhere, including the orange-and-yellow curtains and pink coathooks.

Amidst the pedestrian-friendly maze of leafy streets in New York City’s West Village, LOT-EK, a firm whose designs focus on the creative reuse of industrial materials, inserted a gut-renovated and intensely colorful new home—getting a facade embedded with truck beds past the heritage commission along the way.

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The house has many unexpected splashes of color, and exposed industrial materials are used throughout. The diamond-plate steel shown here was also used as a kitchen backsplash, covered with a coating of pink paint.

The entire house is marked by dramatic changes in color: Though the walls are white, the floors and ceiling swap tones, and pink fluorescent lights give way to a lavender bedroom ceiling.

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Modern kitchen in London with white oak floors

Getting permission to renovate a historically listed town house in London can be trying. Fraher Architects spent months meeting with planning officials before they were given the okay to do “something more than a pastiche of the existing building,” architect Elizabeth Webster says. But the waiting paid off: the formerly dark and disjointed 19th-century residence now lights up the neighborhood at night. 

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Modern brick addition in London

“The building was essentially rebuilt from the inside out,” Webster says. Workers gutted the 1,916-square-foot residence down to its brick shell, expanding it downward and outward to reach 3,208 square feet.

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Nahtrang pendant lights and ASA armchairs by Bernardo Senna in living room of Miami loft renovation.

Home to restaurant and dog hotel owner Julio Isaza, this modern Miami residence epitomizes the low-maintenance and breeziness of Florida living. The original loft was about 90% gutted to make room for an approximately 3,400-square-foot place for entertainment, work, and relaxation. 

Photo by Juan Silva.

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