A 1892 Victorian in Oakland was fully restored and updated by resident Mike McDonald. Raising the house about four feet and digging out another four feet below created space for the shared office and garage to tuck snugly underneath the existing house.
A look at the home's streamlined interiors.
Canada's Magdalen Islands are filled with brightly colored houses; local lore suggests that the sometimes outlandishly colored houses were born of maritime necessity. This sky blue vacation home was built in 1915 and updated by architect Marie-Claude Hamelin of Montreal firm YH2.
The great room has a high, pitched roof and neutral walls give the space an open, tranquil feel.
In Linden Hills, a leafy neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis, a 1922 house gains space by expanding into its backyard. The new addition was designed to fit in with the vernacular of the block.
The interiors, however, tell a whole different story. The well-lit space is adorned with modern furnishings and fixtures.
The facade of a 1878 Victorian in San Francisco has been virtually untouched over the years.
For the interior renovation, what had served as three separate apartments was converted back to one spacious house with modern treatments and plenty of natural light.