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Houzz Tours 1607 Stories

Most renovation stories start with a dreary assessment of the house before the remodel. In this case there were no leaky ceilings, dark rooms or cramped spaces to describe. When Jim and Stephanie Stafford purchased this home in Sonoma, California, it was practically new and served as a spec house in a recently developed...
Houzz Tour: A Shape-Shifting Space, Cloaked in History
When you have only 140 square feet (13 square meters) with which to create a bedroom, a dining room, an office and a media room, you want to make the most of it....
Houzz Tour: Snug London Cottage Has a Spacious Feel
As three-bedroom, three-bathroom houses go, this light, bright, 19th-century cottage is on the small side. In a 1,000-square-foot property, you might not expect to have the space for a separate dining area or find an en suite bathroom roomy enough to...
Houzz Tour: New York Apartment Redesign Cooks Up Good Looks
Over its 150 years of existence, this apartment in a New York City brownstone has been home to a fashion model–actress, a renowned DJ and the woman responsible for the look of Vogue. It was Grace Coddington, longtime creative director for arguably...
Houzz Tour: Modern Retreat Emerges From a 19th-Century Ruin
When the owners of this home in rural Victoria, Australia, stumbled upon what had been ruins in a field, they saw a property that could be a country haven away from the demands of their busy hotel nearby, as well as a place where they could grow...
My Houzz: City Condo Is Set to Entertain
William Aldinger found a place that had everything on his wish list for a home in San Francisco, including two bedrooms, a top-floor location and a balcony. “I also wanted a place where I could have friends over for dinner and drinks. And I knew...
My Houzz: A Pre-Revolutionary Home for a Modern Family
Jaime Costiglio kept her eye on a gorgeous saltbox home in a nearby town for years, hoping for it to go on the market. It did, and she and her family jumped at the chance to call it their own. “We always felt like we belonged in this...
Houzz Tour: A Classic Ranch House Rises to the Location
Janette Mallory’s clients loved the location of this Los Angeles ranch house, and with good reason. As she describes the site: “It’s perched on a hill in the Mount...
Houzz Tour: Moss-Covered Lakeside Cottage Now a Modern Marvel
In 1974, Chicagoan Chris Lonn bought a 1949 cottage with three friends in Harbert, Michigan, a small summer resort town on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan. Over the years, they converted the garage into a third bedroom and another...
My Houzz: Urban History in the Round in Tel Aviv
The Ravid family found the unique apartment they were searching for in a 1933 building that had originally housed a large printing factory. More specifically, they found two second-floor apartments — one of which was part of the “drum” structure...
Houzz Tour: 20 Acres, a Train and a Midcentury Gem Fuel a Remodel
While searching for land on a local real estate site in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a husband and wife kept coming across photos of a grim-looking house in a wooded area of the city. They tried avoiding it, but their real estate agent eventually...
Houzz Tour: A London Townhouse Lightens Up
Even before its makeover, this London terrace residence had plenty to offer. Its location in well-heeled Highgate, just a short stroll away from Hampstead Heath, was hard to beat, and its square footage was substantial. But its interior had been hardly...
Houzz Tour: Living and Working in Style
Interior designer Claire Stevens spends most of her time redesigning and decorating her clients’ homes, but when she moved into the apartment of her husband, Hamish McIntosh, in Brisbane,...
Houzz Tour: A Great Escape Hugs Cliff and Tree
If you’ve heard the expression “between a rock and a hard place,” you’ve heard a description of the location of this house. Strung along a cliff edge on beautiful Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry ride from the city of Auckland in New Zealand,...
Houzz Tour: Taking on the Ruins of an 1800s Bourbon Distillery
There are three things that define Lexington, Kentucky: bourbon, tobacco and horses. And all three played a starring role in the construction of Ron and Elise Wallace’s house: Stone-ruin walls from an 1800s bourbon distillery and reclaimed...