Over sixty years since they were first built, Mid-century Modern homes can still attract enthusiastic buyers. There’s something about the simple structure and layout, and lack of adornment that still says ‘modern’ all these years later.
Yet some things have changed – such as the type and size of spaces required for modern family living and the development of the surrounding neighbourhood in which these houses were originally built.
When the owners of the home shown here first visited the property, it was an original 1950s Mid-century Modern still occupied by one of the couple it was built for – and with all its original features.
However, lack of maintenance meant it was in a dilapidated condition, making it ripe for teardown and replacement with a large traditional-style home, such as others in the neighbourhood.
But that’s not the track the prospective owners wanted to take, says architect James Choate.
“They had contemporary taste and wanted to keep it,” he says. “But it was only half the size they wanted for their new family home, and they couldn’t imagine how to add to it without ruining it.”
Choate says this set the goal for his plan for the house – doubling the size, while resurrecting the original 1950s box and minimising the impact on it.