Rad Reno: 5 Renovations That Blend The Old With The New

Rad Reno: 5 Renovations That Blend The Old With The New

Whether mid-century modern, Victorian, or something even older, these clever renovations hold on to their historic bones.

Above: A modern addition designed as a “blank canvas” brings this 19th-century home just outside London directly into the 21st century. Meanwhile, plantings inspired by the Australian landscape put an unexpected twist on the traditional English garden.
Photo by Richard Powers

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After 200 years, a tobacco factory in Spello, Italy, was little more than a romantic ruin. When Andrea Falkner-Campi and her husband commissioned designer Paola Navone to renovate it, they brought the building back to life, and into livability.
Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen

Though it dates to 1892, two years after Queen Victoria’s death, this Oakland residence is a stunning example of a historic home that’s been updated without losing its period charm. To create space for a first-floor office, builder and homeowner Mike McDonald had the original Victorian structure lifted—a surprisingly common practice in Bay Area renovations.
Photo by Jason Madara

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Architect Don Dimster restored this hillside home in Los Angeles by Buff, Straub and Hensman, granting the 1960s structure outdoor access at every turn.
Photo by Grant Harder

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In the Spanish city of Barcelona, a crumbling 18th-century flat found new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue, who had the construction crew leave the demolition unfinished, allowing original details like Roman-style arches and patterned tiles to show through in the new, modern apartment.
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