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Mid Century Modern

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Our homeowners’ parents built this unique mid-century modern home to raise their six children in the early 70s.  After the parents passed on one of the daughters chose to buy the family home and completely remodel to meet her own family’s needs.  A wonderful story of legacy keeping the custom-built home in the family to pass on to her own children.

Mid Century Modern design was popular in the middle of the 20th century from approximately 1940s to early 1970s.  In America, this style was birthed based on the Bauhaus style which originated in Germany.  During and after World War II Bauhaus architects fled to America due to the changes in Germany.   Some of the characteristics of Mid Century Modern design are functionality, minimalism, sleek geometric forms, and mixing traditional with untraditional materials.

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Mid Century Modern Style

Staying true to the original architecture we designed a new interior floorplan in many of the home’s spaces using state of the art appliances and products.  Taking us back to simpler days we kept in place important architectural details such as the solid wood and metal “Brady Bunch” staircase.  The rose-colored carpet was removed from the steps and the wood was stained to give a warm but clean look.  Except for a new front door and three-tier light fixture with glass globes the foyer was left untouched.  Varied materials such as the Parquet and slate flooring offer interest and texture, so very appealing in this design style.

An interesting feature to note is the authentic rock wall that runs the length of the home.  Built into the side of a hill the stone retaining wall serves not only as a unique artistic element but also as a support structure.  It is exposed in the living and family rooms as well as the two covered patios adjacent to them.  The beauty and richness of the natural stone walls distinguish this house and are showcased to anyone entering the property. Black trim Andersen replacement windows bring the panoramic beauty of the natural landscape into every room and the vertical blinds were banished letting in an abundance of natural light. We replaced the existing siding with a commercial product called Nichiha a cement material in a warm rust tone which makes the home exterior more inviting.

Kitchen Update

Within the footprint of the home, the major rooms that experienced the greatest change in this whole house remodel were the kitchen and master suite.  The kitchen needed to move into this millennium from the 70s. A design was created to keep with the mid-century modern style of simple and sleek lines but updated to serve today’s family.

By adding several textures for depth and interest we increased cabinet space in the most beautiful way.  High lacquer white Belmont cabinets keep a modern light bright feel.  Highlighting the pantries with frosted gray-blue glass added fun and interest.  Desiring to add a natural element to the kitchen the large cooktop island was created in a natural wood tone with horizontal grain.

All countertops on the island and perimeter cabinets are of Borghini Lincoln quartz. By adding a geometric, three-dimensional shaped glossy white tile backsplash we brought a fresh new look to the overall design.  New appliances were installed including the fabulous Cirrus Series ceiling mounted hood keeping the island unobstructed. A double-wide, side by side Frigidaire lends a commercial touch to the design.  Sweet!

Master Suite Remodel

The homeowner created an open floor plan master suite incorporating the walk-in closet within the bedroom.  The floating bed wall offers a view of the beautiful custom master closet system and visually expands the space.  Adding to the brightness of the room is the frosted entrance door to the suite which allows light to flow in and out while still keeping things private.

An adjacent small master bath was also remodeled to include a new wet room.  A wet room is totally waterproofed with a shower area at the same level as the rest of the floor. This one has a freestanding soaking tub incorporated in the walk-in shower.  Wet rooms are currently a popular idea for bathrooms and a great way of utilizing space effectively.

To contribute to the spacious feel of this small master bath a wood-look floating vanity was chosen.   A Feng Shui pebble shower floor brings warmth and softness to the room and ties into the original stone elements in the home.   The bright white floor to ceiling hexagon ceramic tile shower walls adds a three-dimensional twist and the variegated pattern makes you take a second glance.  Finishing off the master bath is the soft gray large porcelain floor tiles.  Amazing transformation and wonderful use of a variety of materials to offer interest and function to this homeowner’s retreat space.


In-Law Suite Addition

Last but not least is the garage turned in-law suite addition.  The homeowner wanted to keep the original architecture of the home but needed private living quarters for a family member.  A roomy garage was the perfect answer to create a small in-law suite.  A private entrance was established from the driveway and access from the main home’s kitchen provided easy interaction with the family.  The new in-law addition includes a full bathroom, bedroom, and open concept living, dining, and kitchen area.  The in-law addition was designed to maximize space and give complete and private living quarters.

Other Remodeled Spaces

Included in the major areas mentioned in this mid-century modern home remodel are the hall bath, laundry room, and powder room.  The hall bath in particular is worth noting.  The outdated blue fixtures and blue and white mosaic tile were demoed.  The sunken tub was replaced with a gorgeous walk-in shower.  The shower walls are tiled with a glossy white hive tile pattern.  To contrast, the starkness of the tile a copper-toned mosaic tile shower floor was installed.  This hall bath was completely transformed and has a personality of its own.  A favorite element is the brilliant Ombre Blue wall tile giving the space a stunning pop of color!  We also remodeled a small powder room off the foyer and updated it with a floating vanity and soft gray ceramic tile floor from a tiny corner sink and parquet flooring.

Take a look at the before and afters and get the complete WOW factor!  A beautifully unique family home receives the facelift needed to bring it into the present era and yet keep its nostalgic, modern design.  We so enjoyed working on this project due to its breath-taking architectural symmetry.  Keeping the integrity of the home was of the utmost importance to the homeowner and we believe you will see they achieved their goal.

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Before Photos Mid-Century Modern Home