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Mastering Mid-Century Modern

This home, originally built in the 1950's and then renovated in 1972 by renowned mid-century modern architect David Osler, was long overdue for a 21st-century update. A whole-home renovation plus major addition creates a stunning home that functions better for the family and adds a stunning architectural form that pays homage to the homes original mid-century modern roots.


Adding a primary bedroom, laundry room and entertainment space were the main drivers to our clients needs. They envisioned light and open spaces that easily flowed from room to room - all the while keeping true the the mid-century modern roots that they loved.

The Team

Designer:  Jimmy Bevilacqua

Project Manager: Meadowlark Project Management Team

Professional Photography:  Jeff Garland


Schematic Design

The existing home definitely had the some wonderful mid-century modern design details both inside and out, but the home was basically a long rectangle that packed in spaces which really didn't make a lot of sense. In addition the rooms were small and closed-in. Our clients were looking to not only update finishes, but also to open up the home with light and airy spaces that made visual sense and stayed true to their love of mid-century modern design.

Key design drivers:

  • A private master suite with a large walk-in closet
  • A main floor laundry room
  • A larger kitchen that opened to dining and casual living spaces
  • Additional family entertainment space in the basement and a home gym area
  • Connect the garage to the home
  • Bring in more natural daylight to all spaces
  • Add outdoor living and recreation space


Design Development

Although this home had some mid-century modern exterior and interior design features, the basic shape was pretty un-interesting. Our designer knew that an addition was necessary, but he didn't just want to add another rectangular box onto the existing rectangular box. By adding a clerestory "level" onto the back of the home it not only added a unique exterior perspective to the new addition, but also allowed for loads of natural daylight to pour into both the new and old spaces.

The renovation addition included:

  • A large primary suite that was separate from the other bedrooms in the home
  • A main floor laundry room with lots of storage and counter space
  • A larger open-concept kitchen that connected to both the new dining area and the new family room
  • A large breakfast bar with ample seating for four
  • A covered entry to the garage
  • The existing kitchen cabinetry was re-used and additional custom components were added that blended perfectly with the existing
  • Large clerestory windows in the kitchen/dining/family area bathed the spaces with natural daylight
  • An additional living/entertainment/bar area and a home gym were included in the basement addition
  • An outdoor basketball court was added behind the garage
  • A outdoor two-tired patio space was added onto the back of the home 
  • A third garage bay was added which helped to connect the garage to the home

The Results

Adding onto an existing mid-century modern home to add form and function while keeping true to the original aesthetic of the home is no small task. With our clients passion for the architectural aesthetic, this home has been transformed  — adding function and form that will allow our clients to enjoy this home for many years to come.

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