Extreme Makeover: Watch these 6 abandoned buildings transform into chic modern digs

2018-06-25 13:30 - Saara Mowlana
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Watch these 6 abandoned building ruins transform into chic modern digs right before your eyes! (Photo: Budget Direct / Supplied)

Have you ever strolled by a dilapidated building and wondered what it'd look like with an Extreme Makeover: Modern Edition?

Well, Budget Direct has got your imagination covered by virtually transforming these six abandoned buildings into chic modern digs.

They've taken a range of dilapidated buildings from all around the world and flipped them into hipster-worthy digs, a niche cafe or boutique.

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From ruined mansions to forgotten worker's cottages - abandoned houses can often leave many wondering what they used to be like in their prime.

Mulling over who might have built them, how the people there lived, whether there were any family oddities or quirks and which furbabies might have graced its space.

And, of course, it also leads us to wonder what they might have looked like today - in our kingdom of steel, glass and retro chic decor.

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Watch them transform before your eyes below:

1. Castello di Arco - Trentino, Italy

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Occupying a commanding hilltop position in northern Italy, this dramatic castle with its far-reaching views offers the perfect panoramic vistas across the Sarca Valley.

Historically, however, these would have been vital for defence when it was constructed in the 11th century – but, they're just as attractive today and make for perfect large windows that bleed in light and views for days.

The sturdy stone construction and battlements along the roof of the main keep are typical of medieval castles, while the now-missing rear wall provides the perfect space for an addition using modern materials.

2. Chachabamba House - Chachabamba, Peru 

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This former gatehouse might seem modest upon first glimpse, but on the Inca site of Chachabamba it is an impressive feat of architecture.

With an inventory of limited tools, the Incas constructed buildings like this one with perfectly fitting drystone walls, which were often on difficult elevations and surfaces.

The low walls and missing roof give the Budget Direct team plenty of chance to renovate it with a classic modern look - using light, open design elements that take advantage of the stunning surrounding mountain views.

3. Crofter’s Cottage - Orkney, Scotland

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This traditional Scottish crofter's house used a dry-stone construction that likely dates back to the early 19th century.

The island of Eynhallow, its resting place – was abandoned in 1851 after a plague and it hasn't been re-inhabited since.

The roofs of the houses were dismantled to ensure that no one would in fact return. The removal provides the perfect opportunity for a 21st-century re-imagining of this seaside cottage.

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4. Thackaringa Street House - Silverton, NSW, Australia

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In the outback town of Silverton, this small house on Thackaringa Street, was likely built during the mining boom of the 19th century.

It is set just a short way off of the main road and features a typical single-storey design. The structure is built of stone and its interior is lined with plastered walls.

This building seems to have been a relatively small house, with only two rooms remaining. Both are open at the rear, making the addition of modern elements without compromising the original design quite easy and convenient.

5. The Ruins - Negros Oriental, Philippines

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Located in the humid tropics of Negros Oriental, this historic mansion is a true fusion.

It was built for a Portuguese sugar merchant in an Italianate style. It features elements such as elegant columns, intricate cornices and marble-like finish – achieved through a wash of egg white and concrete – are all reminiscent of Europe.

The large windows and open spaces make a concession to the local climate. Once the largest in the region, the building was torched during WWII to avoid it falling into Japanese hands. The shell of it is the only part that still stands, but the airy construction makes it ripe for the modern flip.

6. Wukoki Pueblo - Arizona, USA

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Wukoki Pueblo sits between Flagstaff and the Hopi Reservation. It blends into the landscape at first sight, with adobe bricks and stones that match the colour of the surrounding desert.

There are a few windows that aerate the structure and control the internal climate, keeping it not just looking cool, but feeling it too. Strong mortar has also helped the walls stand the test of time.

While it might currently be a ruin, it was once a bustling home to a number of families from the Ancient Pueblo peoples in the 12th and 13th centuries.