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5 interesting renovation projects

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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In architecture, the term upgrade denotes the process of changing outdated facilities in order to add new elements to either fix or completely overhaul a building. Renovation, as opposed to upgrade, is a look into the future without denying the past; a step forward towards the renewal of a space while having it transcend different eras.

The renovation of a building not only helps to modernise it but also adds value. This is done through increasing the lifetime of the building and by updating the many underlying engineering and construction networks such as electrical and plumbing. Renovation projects not only denote the transformation of massive buildings and structures, but this term also includes the redesign of apartments or even separate rooms in your homes.

Whatever your reason for renovation, whether it is to hold onto a fragment of time or to abolish it all together, today on homify we have provided you with an ideabook full of different renovation projects, ranging from large scale commercial to simple home interiors. 

Beira Rio Stadium

 Stadiums by Hype Studio
Hype Studio


Hype Studio

The Beira Rio Stadium was built in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre in 1969. It was a difficult time for Brazil, but the locals, despite economic difficulties, actively assisted in the construction of the stadium by bringing cement, nails and other building materials that were lacking.

The renovation of the stadium was undertaken by architectural studio Hype. The original plan for the reconstruction entailed only a super structure roof, but it very soon became clear that the construction of a roof was not nearly enough to meet the current architectural standards of stadiums and sports facilities. It was therefore decided to carry out serious restoration work on the lower tier, which included adding not only additional seats, but restaurants, shops and even a museum. Reconstruction of the stadium was completed this year. The new roof is a modular structure of 65 steel trusses, covered with a film of fluoroplastic. Its height is 42 metres. Over time, the old and dilapidated stadium became new again.

Bathroom redesign

Bathroom Renovation in Rotherham:  Bathroom by Botico

Bathroom Renovation in Rotherham


If you really want to change something, but your financial situation doesn't allow you to dedicate your time and money to the redesign of big projects, the answer is, of course, to start small, for example, with a bathroom. Renovating your home always has a positive effect on mood, and gives a completely new influx of energy to a space. 

The project you see pictured, had a few minor, yet fundamental changes made. The ceiling height was increased, and a partition wall was added. On top of this, modern black-and-white tiles were laid to complement the strip of black tiles that wraps around the entire room. 

A spacious loft in London

The designers at JC Decor managed to transform an old abandoned two-bedroom apartment in London into a beautiful and spacious loft. The living space is an interesting combination of styles—at first glance, you see an ultramodern loft, but, if you take a closer look, you'll notice there are a few interesting elements showcasing the original building. The old wooden floor remained intact, with the exception of varnish being applied to maintain the colour. On top of this, the cast iron Victorian capitals that support the roof and form the mezzanine floor were retained.

Unlike most modern loft spaces, which are filled with cold and self-centred energy, this example radiates warmth and openness all at the same time. The spiral staircase, and its accompanying bookcase in white, leads the eye up to the bedroom. From this point, you can sneak a peak into the room above, without disturbing the privacy of the space. This is an excellent example of classic and minimalist styles working together in perfect unison. 

A private swimming pool

Once upon a time, this room housed just a standard lap pool, but the boundless imagination of these designers transformed it into a stylish indoor water oasis. The water looks crystal clear, thanks to the choice of white natural stone as a material for the base. Then, combined with dark brown accents, the space becomes a haven for respite and relaxation. Thanks to the soft lighting inside and above the pool, the room has an element of sensuality and mystery.

On a side note, the lighting can be adjusted not only within the room itself, but also inside the pool. The ventilation system was also replaced, and painted white to ensure it did not obstruct or hinder the overall appeal of the space.

An old cottage conversion

Updating an old cottage often catches even the most experienced designers by surprise. Capturing the spirit of both a new and old era is not an easy task. The specialists from Walk Interior Design succeeded with this task perfectly. As you can see in the picture above, the ceiling has been replaced, as well as the lighting and glazing, leaving only the floor and wicker chairs intact. Just imagine how nice it would be to immerse yourself in this space by reading your favourite books or magazine with a cup of tea or coffee in hand. 

Have you had any experiences with home renovation - either good or bad? Let us know your stories below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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