Category Archive: Adaptive Reuse (Recycled Buildings)

London coach house renewal | Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects

As young architects establishing a new practice in London, England, George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten knew that many of their commissions would involve renovations or additions to existing structures. Wanting to… Continue reading

The Dairy Cottage

An hour and a half drive north from Venice brings you into the foothills of the Dolomites, the setting for this 19th century farmstead. One of its outbuildings, originally used for cheesemaking, has… Continue reading

The Birdhouse

Since our last three featured homes were all tiny houses that cater to single-level living, we decided it was time for something different. Today’s home is also tiny, but this one is a… Continue reading

The Brick House guest suite | Azevedo Design

What would you do with just 94 ft2 (8.7 m2) of floor space? That is the floor area of this former mechanical room previously used to house the boilers for a commercial laundry in San… Continue reading

Hillsborough River dock house

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern residence in this truly unique character home. The small house is built at the end of a pier in the Hillsborough River within sight of downtown Tampa,… Continue reading

The Cubby | Bernard Maybeck

The “Cubby” started out as a single car garage before being converted and expanded into an eclectic one-bedroom cottage. It was designed for his own property by Bernard Maybeck, a renowned architect associated… Continue reading

“Cabin on Femunden” merges old and new | AHAA

Creative reuse of existing structures resulted in this small log cabin on the shore of Femunden, a large lake near Norway’s border with Sweden. The property was originally home to a pair of… Continue reading

The Piedmont Cottage, a tiny backyard cottage in Portland

The Piedmont Cottage sits in an older neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. It is a small backyard cottage currently being used as a vacation rental unit. This cottage likely started out life as… Continue reading

Three Victorian-era railcars restored as vacation suites

Ever thought about converting an old railway coach or caboose into a tiny house? The folks at Railholiday have done just that, rescuing and restoring several Victorian-era railcar bodies, then outfitting them as… Continue reading

The Tardis, a tiny tower house | Edwards Moore Architects

This mini tower is located in a central Melbourne, Australia, neighborhood. The “Tardis” as it is now called was originally an octagonal gazebo-type structure built on top of a brick backyard shed. Wanting… Continue reading

A stone outbuilding transformed into a small house | Bruno Erpicum

This stone outbuilding in Belgium became a small house with the addition of a steel and glass pavilion. The owners asked Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners to transform it into living space,… Continue reading

Arsenal B47, from munitions shed to modern cabin | Ralph Germann

From the outside, Arsenal B47 looks like an ordinary mountain cabin. However it has an interesting history. Despite Switzerland’s neutrality during the Second World War, the country had every reason to expect a… Continue reading

Studio living in a converted garage | HEARTH Studio

One Melbourne resident didn’t let the city’s high property prices keep her from having a home of her own. On finding that she could not afford to buy, Alex Kennedy turned her eye… Continue reading

The Boooox Barn | OOOOX

Czech studio OOOOX focuses on residential interior design. When it came time to create their own home, the two principals started with an old wooden barn. Working over a period of two years,… Continue reading

Restoration of an 1850s vineyard residence | Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

This stone and timber house overlooks the vineyards around Vétroz, a center for grape growing in southern Switzerland. It was built in 1850 for a winemaker’s family and consists of two floors of… Continue reading

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