MidCentury Modern Renovation

award winning home remodelOriginally built in 1973, this home had modern bones but lacked refinement and sophistication.  The challenge for both the architect (Ferguson-Ettinger Architects) and Allen Construction was to preserve the home’s midcentury modern modest sensibility, yet make it feel grander than it was, while surgically giving it the craftsmanship and elegance it never had.  The key sustainability goal for the renovation project was to keep the home’s footprint small, while embracing the beauty and solitude of the site’s landscape.  The client’s dreams were achieved with only 300 sq. ft. of space added to the original structure.

The major elements of this midcentury modern renovation included:

  • Creating a new entryway where previously there was none.  Instead of gaining access through a pair of sliding doors on the side of the house, guests now follow a natural stone path to a five-foot wide, custom crafted and stained, Douglas fir entry door.
  • Raising the living room ceiling to 10’3” to capture mountain views and maximize space.  New floor to ceiling windows on the north and west walls further integrate the living room with a Zen-like outdoor garden.  Both elements add to the client’s goal to make the home feel larger without adding to the footprint.
  • Creating a master bath with an exterior access, which allows the owner to return from his morning surfing or biking adventures without tracking sand or mud into the house.
  • Building a new two car garage to replace the carport, providing both privacy and and additional storage for the owner.
  • Expanding the ipe deck at the rear of the house to wrap around the rear and side of the house and create access to the backyard.
  • Adding green upgrades that maintained the midcentury modern aesthetic, including large roof overhangs to minimize solar heat gain, bamboo floors, energy efficient windows, skylights, low-VOC paints and stains, and an on-demand water heater.

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