Whole-house remodel and addition to bring the Mid-Century character back to life
The homeowner had retired and moved to Boulder. She loves artistic detail in her homes, and found a diamond in the rough — a mid-century modern home with good bones. She wanted to honor its origins, refresh it and make the most of it. She saw our work at the Ranch Dressing house while on the 2016 Landmarks of the Future Home Tour, and got in touch.
She wanted a modest house, but with fine details. In this gut remodel and addition, this home was brought back to life. We agreed to work with the architecture, not cover it up, and finishes were chosen mindfully. She’s a great cook and loves to entertain, but didn’t want a vent hood dangling in the middle of the space. We found a new product that vents but is flush with the soffit above the island. She loves it.
We reconfigured the entry, bumped out the dining, and attached the home to the garage. The existing garage door with divided side lights was perfect for the period, and we matched the new front door to it. Because the home sits on a busy road, the front door’s glass panels are frosted for privacy and tranquility.
Inside, we vaulted the ceilings to create airy, open spaces that flow into each other harmoniously. On the exterior, Hardie panels were trimmed with anodized aluminum. The corrugated metal rectangle covers the bump-out for the recessed shelf in the living room.
The acrylic translucent doors along the stair landing add color and texture to the predominant palette of whites, tans, and grays. The lighting designer ran a string of LEDs along the top of the panel, which adds a beautiful, artistic glow at night.
The owner calls this her “horizontal house.” The only way she’s leaving is feet first.