Old Homes, New Style – Our Favourite Historic Homes

From an old school building to a 200 year old apartment, there’s nothing quite like the transformation of a historic home into a modern residence. After delicate renovations and clever furnishings, these old homes take on a new lease of life with interiors that are better suited for a contemporary lifestyle.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite historic homes that have undergone a major revamp.

From Classroom to Family Room

It’s hard to believe that this family home in Amsterdam used to be an old school building. Ten families came together to form the Ons Dorp Amsterdam project to give the hundred year old building a refreshing makeover and transform it into their new home.

Home to a family of four, this apartment was designed by Standard Studio with the focus on creating a friendly space for the family’s two young children. The result is a beautiful open plan home with plenty of light and moving space for growing kids.

The tall school room translates into an apartment featuring an open loft that overlooks the family room, keeping the family connected even on different floors. With a relaxing and inviting atmosphere, it retains the old school charm that makes it perfect as a family home. See more of the home here.


Recreating the Classic Hamptons Style

Built in 1901, this Edwardian home radiates with classic architecture from the Arts and Crafts movement. Born out of the desire to recreate the Hamptons in Surrey Hills, they sought the expertise of Maurizio Pellizzoni to redesign this country mansion into their dream home.

For a truly Hamptons style home, the living room is furnished with nautical-themed sectionals and timeless striped carpets. There’s a wonderful combination of old and new with the sleek shelving system and high ceilings.

The kitchen earns its right as one of our favorites, with the monochromatic scheme and striking pendant lamps. With plenty of details to take note of, this historic home looks pristine with the vivacity of its rooms. Take a tour here.


Asymmetry and Sustainability

Located in Toronto, this 110- year old building was transformed into an energy effecient home by baukultur/ca. By incorporating durable materials and passive design strategies, the designers aimed to reduce energy consumption while maximizing natural lighting and airflow around the home.

The interiors speak Scandinavian chic with the right balance of minimalism and striking works of art. The lampshade in the dining area is even customizable, with the option to add your own snapshots, memorable notes, and drawings.

What we love about this home is its easy-going vibe, reflected in the soft tones of the neutral color palette. Clutter-free yet with a personality of its own, this eco-friendly home has definitely gone through a transformation fit for the future. Read more about it here.


Keeping It Simple with Wooden Surfaces

This Montreal townhouse went from classic to contemporary when owners Paul and Sigi decided to create a welcoming space that could accommodate their friends and family who enjoyed visiting. Originally built in 1906, the townhouse retained its classic features such as the vestibule, spindled staircase and front door entryway.

Designed with the principles of movement, the wooden surfaces of the home create a dynamic visual trail to connect the different spaces of the home. The concealed storage systems installed around the home come in handy to keep the space looking clean and minimal, further enlarging the home. Find out more about this house here.


A Modern Eixample

If you’ve been to Barcelona, you might’ve heard of Eixample, a neighborhood that houses beautiful rooftop cafes and high-street fashion boutiques. When the couple decided to move into this century old apartment building in the neighborhood, they wanted to make sure they had enough space to hang their framed art while still preserving the original aesthetics of the building’s charming history.

The apartment boasts plenty of storage space for books and cleverly incorporates the use of mirrors around the space. The floors create a dynamic flow through different corners of the home, playfully complementing the minimal interiors. Take a peek of the home here.


Ornate Ceilings and Decorated Floors

There’s no guessing that this Italian apartment was built in the late 1800s. Wanting to make the home habitable for a modern family lifestyle, the occupants decided that a renovation was necessary to ensure that the apartment remained functional while still keeping the home’s unique architecture and heritage.

The dining room is one of the owner’s favorite rooms, with its elegant ceiling and spacious layout. Despite being two centuries old, every room exudes spectacular interiors sure to last another lifetime. Have a closer look of the home here.


A Vibrant Restoration of the Coit House

In 1815, Georg Coit, a wealthy businessman in New York, foresaw the development in the Buffalo area and decided to build the Coit House for him and his family. When the area was industrialized, the house was moved to Allentown with a team of horses and rolls of logs. In an effort to preserve its heritage, the new owners Sue-Jolie and Tim decided to take on the restoration that would turn the home into a modern residence.

What you see now is the product of the careful planning and expertise of the design studio, with each room giving off a classic feel. With a gorgeous mix of grandeur and trendy, the home is now open to visitors throughout the year. Check out the before and after photos here.

That’s it for now. We hope you enjoyed our round up of some of these homes that maintain their historic originality side by side with contemporary living. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

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