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This home is anything but ordinary! Take a tour of California’s ‘Wave House’

As wildly different as houses can be, they tend to follow a basic script — which architect Mario Romano hopes to rewrite with The Wave House in Venice, CA.

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The 5,700-square-foot, 5-bedroom home is modern to its core, with an undulating wave motif that runs not only through the decor, but through the entire shape of the building.

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With a design that is reminiscent more of a contemporary art museum than your typical private home, The Wave House is an ode to both art and nature. It’s listed for $6.498 million with F. Ron Smith, Mark Kitching and David Berg of Partners Trust.

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“By making it more organic in form,” explained Romano, “it becomes more of a human landscape. That’s what humans do: we build buildings and houses and streets — that’s our jungle, so it should resemble nature.”

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Romano accomplishes this goal in part by bringing the outside in — as with the walls, which are etched with wave designs. “The material is an acrylic base, and no viruses, no mold, and no bacteria can grow on it,” noted Romano.

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Using high-tech computer numeric controlled (CNC) technology, Romano was able to carve the lines with no repetition and no seams.

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Though he’s inspired by the forms of nature, Romano relies on cutting-edge technology — like the CNC machine, which he describes as a “low-level robot” — to translate his visions from dream to reality. “Then you design the programs using parametric design — it’s an emergent trend using technology and robotics and the built environment,” he explained.

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As Romano pointed out, “the word flat is not often used as a compliment.” Think about flat hair, or a flat personality. Romano extends this to the average flat, boxy home, which is why he places such an emphasis on curved lines and texture.

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One of his favorite aspects of the house is the way it changes constantly depending on the light. “As the light changes throughout the day, anything that has texture to it will change depending on the orientation of the sun, depending on the time of day and year,” he said. “That’s when you get surprises and discoveries that you only get by spending time in the house.”

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As a family man himself, Romano designed The Wave House with families — and specifically those who like to entertain — in mind. The expansive yard and swimming pool are obviously big perks, and he purposely put the five bedrooms on the second floor so the first floor could be a separate space for living and entertaining.

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Of course, even those without a big family will feel at home here.

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Romano said he could also envision an art collector, artist, executive or tech person being drawn to the impressive building. Pretty much anyone “who loves beauty, and someone who likes to entertain — since that’s a key element.”

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10 Tips Every New Home Buyer Should Know

10 Tips Every New Home Buyer Should Know

The biggest investment many of us will make is buying a house, and mistakes can be costly. To help weed through the home-buying jungle, we’ve gathered the knowledge and strategies every home buyer should know before beginning the hunt.

Know your needs before making a commitment to buy.

By: Stephanie Alexander

Your lifestyle

First, examine your lifestyle. Do you long for bucolic pasturelands? Feel energized by urban cityscapes? Looking forward to a family-friendly suburban lifestyle? It’s important to think of the limitations each locale places on your lifestyle and the perks each has to offer before making the commitment to buy.

Suburban lifestyles are flexible, offering children the opportunity to play outdoors and enjoy a neighborhood environment; urban areas offer greater social, culture, educational and career opportunities; rural environs offer privacy, room to roam and the ability to pursue hobbies — such as gardening — on a larger scale.

In addition to locale, it’s important to think about the type of dwelling you’re considering. Will you quickly outgrow that handsome city brownstone? Is a country cottage the perfect size? Will purchasing a condo allow you to forgo lawn and home maintenance and enjoy more leisure time?

Costs of ownership

Weigh the costs of home ownership.

There’s more to consider than just a monthly mortgage payment. Will you be able to afford the expenses that come with owning a home? Utilities, property taxes, repairs, homeowners association fees, lawn maintenance (unless you will do the work yourself) can all add up.

If you’re moving to a new part of town or a new city, it’s important to consider the cost of living for that area. Transportation, school tuition and everyday living expenses can also make home ownership more expensive than it initially appears.

Build or buy

Research can help you decide whether it will will benefit you more you to build or buy.

Having a home custom-built to your specifications can be expensive. But are you ready to take on remodeling and updating an older home to meet your needs?

A remodel can often be expensive and in the end, is less satisfying — and finishing a project yourself, without experience, can result in the purchase of costly tools and the loss of your valuable time.

Do your research before signing with a contractor or deciding to revamp an older home.

Location, location, location

Location is one of the most important factors when buying a home.

A bargain is never really a bargain when located in a bad neighborhood. Sometimes lightning will strike and gentrification of certain areas will result in skyrocketing property value — but that’s rare. It’s better to take a chance on a smaller home — or one in need of repair — in a great area where the value will only rise.

Loan types

Read all of the fine print before getting a mortgage.

A loan rate can look great in an advertisement, but once bankers have drawn you in to the branch office, what will you really pay? Points, PMI (private mortgage insurance) and closing costs can drive your mortgage cost up.

Some programs allow buyers to have smaller down payments — but how long are you required to stay in the home without penalty — and how much more will you pay each month?

Be sure to read all the clauses and fine print before getting a mortgage. And don’t be afraid to shop around for the best rate.

Buyer’s broker

A buyer’s broker will help you find the property best suited for you.

Most real estate agents represent the seller, but a buyer’s broker represents your needs and desires and helps you locate the property that’s best for you.

While buyer’s brokers are difficult to locate in some markets, locating a professional advocate who is required by law to get you the best price and terms can alleviate home shopping stress.

Home inspection

Demand full disclosure and a professional home inspection.

Most states require that a home seller disclose potential problems with the property — but the homeowner may not always know or reveal existing structural problems (despite the legal requirement). The only way to truly know what’s going on inside (and over and under) a home’s structure is to secure the services of a reputable home inspector. Expect to pay $300 to $600 for the inspection. It seems like a lot of money, but consider the thousands it could save you if the home isn’t up to code or has major issues.

Signed documents

Be sure to get every part of the deal in writing.

Perhaps one of the best ways to protect yourself is to have every part of the sale in writing — and make sure you understand every aspect before making a commitment. Legal jargon and real estate terminology can be confusing and somewhat frustrating, so hone your real estate vocabulary before house hunting, and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions along the way.

After the sale

There’s still work to be done after you purchase a home.

First, purchase homeowners insurance. Next, decide if the purchase of a home warranty (if not included as part of the sale) is in your best interest. Finally, make sure your title has been taken care of during the sales process.

Added taxes

Meet with a tax consultant to lean about your property taxes.

Are your property taxes rolled into your monthly mortgage payment? Or will you be responsible for paying them yearly? Don’t forget to keep paperwork for your annual federal or state income tax return — you can often deduct the property taxes, points and interest paid on a mortgage. Set up a consultation with a tax accountant to learn more about the restrictions on these types of deductions.

Homeowners

What is a Home Warranty?

Home warranties, also known as service contracts, allow homeowners to pay an annual fee for repair and replacement service of covered appliances and systems. These contracts protect homeowners from the high cost of unexpected appliance breakdowns and system failures. With a home warranty, you’ll be covered whether your refrigerator stops running or your plumbing stops up ­­ and that can save you both money and frustration.*
Home warranties are service contracts that promise prompt, effective service for problems with your covered home appliances and systems. They offer protection not just for your home, but for your budget and time.**

How Home Warranties Work
Home systems and appliances can break down when you least expect it ­­ and often, when your budget isn’t ready for it. A home warranty offers peace of mind. With a home warranty, you can know that even when the unexpected happens, you’ll be taken care of by trusted home repair professionals.
With a home warranty, your home’s most important appliances and systems will be covered, provided they are maintained and in good working order at the start of your contract.* You’ll pay your contract fee annually and enjoy repair and replacement service for essential home systems and appliances for this low annual fee plus an affordable service call fee for each repair or replacement.***

How Home Warranties Help Homeowners
Your systems and appliances may be in good working order today, but sooner or later, everything wears out. Even with perfect maintenance, nothing lasts forever.
When your system or appliance breaks down, you could spend hundreds or thousands to repair or replace it, potentially causing a serious financial setback. Or, you can have it covered by your home warranty for just the cost of a service call.*
With these predictable costs, a home warranty service contract allows you to control the cost of home repairs. Rather than spending money on surprise repairs or replacements of systems and appliances, you can rest easy knowing that it’s all taken care of with your annual service contract fee and low cost service call fee.*
Homeowners also benefit from the peace of mind offered by a home warranty. You can feel confident about your home’s systems and appliances, as you won’t need to worry about them if they happen to break down or need replacement.***

Getting Home Warranty Service from Choice Home Warranty
With a home warranty, any time you need a repair for a covered appliance or system, you’ll simply submit a claim to get help from a local technician. The Choice Home Warranty claims hotline is available 24/7 by phone or online. Once a claim is submitted, Choice Home Warranty will immediately dispatch a local, licensed, and insured technician to service your claim promptly and professionally.**
Choice Home Warranty’s technician will diagnose the problem and either repair or replace your covered appliance or system. Whether your appliance or system is repaired or replaced, you’ll pay the same flat rate: an affordable service call fee. The fee is the same no matter how much the repair or replacement actually costs.***

Repair or Replacement Under Home Warranty Service
Choice Home Warranty’s service contracts provide complete solutions for homeowners. That means whether your appliance or system requires repair or replacement, it will be taken care of.* Choice Home Warranty’s local technicians are experts at diagnosing problems with systems and appliances. If they determine your equipment requires replacement, your new appliance or system will be covered for the same low service call fee as you would with a repair service.*** If a replacement unit is not available, Choice Home Warranty customers are still covered. You’ll be offered a cash payment for the amount of Choice Home Warranty’s replacement cost, which will allow you to simply purchase your own new system or appliance.

Choice Home Warranty’s Technician Network
Many Choice Home Warranty customers choose to purchase a service contract to save money on home repairs, but discover another perk of having a home warranty: the Choice Home Warranty technician network.
Choice Home Warranty’s Technician network is dispatched instantly to customer claims, ensuring that you’ll receive prompt service from the leading home repair experts in your area. Each technician is based in your local area, licensed, insured, and most importantly, trusted by Choice Home Warranty to deliver excellent service.**
With a Choice Home Warranty service contract, you’ll simply get fast, helpful service for your home without having to shop around for a repair professional. We’ve done the work of screening technicians for you, so all you have to do is submit your claim and enjoy having your covered system or appliance repaired quickly and without hassle ­­ or a high cost.

Learn More About Choice Home Warranty
Still have questions about home warranties and how Choice Home Warranty can protect your home and finances? Contact us to get help from a customer care representative who can help you better understand what Choice Home Warranty has to offer homeowners.

* Click Here to view complete limits of liability and any exclusions. CHW offers service contracts which are not warranties.

** See policy for specifics on response times.

***CHW reserves the right to offer cash back in lieu of repair or replacement in the amount of CHW’s actual cost (which at times may be less than retail) to repair or replace any covered system, component or appliance.

Update From:https://www.choicehomewarranty.com/homeowners.php

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10 Home Decor Improvements You Can Do in Just One Hour

Changing the clocks has got us thinking about what a difference one hour makes. We all know we would benefit from an extra hour of sleep, maybe another hour to run errands, or an additional hour in our weekends, but how much of a difference can one hour make in your home? Well, you can be the judge of that, with these 1-hour home improvement DIY ideas from productive Hometalk bloggers!

1. Install a new faucet and sink

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Project via Hometalker Jeff @Home Repair Tutor

Upgrade a tired bathroom by switching out the hardware. Before calling in a costly professional, find out just how quick and easy this home improvement is to DIY — here’s how it’s done!

2. Fill those empty walls

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Project via Hometalker Adri @Dream Book Design

Nothing says “design in progress” like stark, empty walls. The right wall decor can make any room look put together and well arranged, and this decorating hack is the shortcut to get it done.

3. Set up a succulent terrarium

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Project via Hometalker June @Nostalgiecat

Bring your home to life in less than an hour, with these easy DIY terrariums. Don’t worry — even if you’re a certified black thumb, you won’t have any trouble keeping succulents in your home.

4. Hang a rope-wrapped porch swing

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Project via Hometalker Melissa @Daisy Mae Belle

Upgrade a hanging porch swing or hammock chair, by wrapping that clunky metal chain in thick rope. This quick update won’t only improve your decor, it will eliminate pinched fingers for good!

5. Earn the best owner award

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Project via Hometalker Doreen @Hymns and Verses

All it takes is one hour to become your kitty’s favorite person, with this sweet cat window perch. It’s a fun home detail for you and a cozy lounging spot for your fur baby. Instructions here!

6. Add easy porch seating

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Project via Hometalker Anne @Design Dreams by Anne

Whether you’re looking for decor or function, this mini rustic bench can be built in 1 hour, and for just $8! It’s spring — why not add some fun detail to your outdoor spaces? Here’s how to do it.

7. Put up cafe curtains in any room

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Project via Hometalker Kathy @Petticoat Junktion

Finding the right window treatment can be a challenge, and putting it up can be a pain. Instead, try this 1 hour window treatment hack, to add a little character to your home without too much stress.

8. Make some stylish bathroom storage

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Project via Hometalker Donna @Funky Junk Interiors

Attach an old wooden crate to your bathroom wall, and voila! You’ve got the perfect charming perch for extra TP rolls. With all that extra time, add more details if you’ve got ‘em, like a vintage license plate to close off your crate.

9. Build a blanket or towel ladder

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Project via Hometalker Amanda @The Contractor Chronicles

You’ve been seeing these trendy storage ladders everywhere, but without a ladder of your own, you were out of luck. Here’s the 1 hour ladder DIY to help you get your linens in order!

10. Create a pretty jewelry organizer

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Project via Hometalker Nancy @Artsy Chicks Rule

Turn thrift store supplies into colorful storage, with this thrifty 1 hour upcycle for a double-duty DIY that holds your jewelry and looks fab doing it!

Looking for more ways to improve your home in just 1 hour? There are tons of ideas, inspirations, and tutorials, at our 1 Hour Projects page on Hometalk!

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10 Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

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Plan your remodel.

Whether you just bought a house or you have lived there for a while, the fastest way to increase your home’s value is by making a plan.

You will fare better if upgrades are made intentionally and not on impulse. Home improvement projects cost about 20 to 25 cents on the dollar. The other 75 to 80 cents spent go directly back into the home through increased value.

Start slowly. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. If your home is new, get to know it. If you have already been there a while, get started. List the things you want to change and the updates you would like to make. Don’t worry about organization, just write it all down. Take a guess on how long you may want to live in the house. If you’re planning on selling, talk to your realtor and make a selling plan.

Take the list and categorize by how much it may cost, including your time and money. Be realistic. It’s OK to list an outdoor pool with a waterfall, but keep your financial picture in mind.

Once you have a categorized list, take a look and prioritize what is a real “must have” and what is more of a dream. See if you can come away with a reasonable balance.

Once you have made a plan, do research or talk to a realtor to see what sort of return those improvements may bring. Some improvements will add considerably more value to your home than others.

Tackle one room at a time.

How can you harness the energy that comes from new ideas and still be smart when you make those improvements? Make the commitment to tackle one room at a time. Whether it’s a simple coat of paint or knocking down a wall, by tackling one room at a time you keep projects achievable.

Make a list of all the things you dream about doing, break your list down into categories based on cost and write down how much time each project may take. What this does is help you get results. If you only have a day or a weekend, choose a project that fits within your timeframe, comfort level and financial commitment.

If you set out to paint a living room wall on Saturday and you know what it will cost in time and money, it gets done. By the end of the day, you have a stylish upgrade that will add value to your home. By strategizing, you will see your dreams take shape as you transform each room before moving on to the next.

Small improvements can really pay off.

Are you torn between improving your home’s decor, versus making upgrades you know will increase your home’s resale value? Many homeowners are surprised to hear that doing a little bit of both will actually pay off.

Start by making two lists — upgrades for your home value and upgrades just for you. Upgrades for your home may consist of replacing old faucets, permanent lighting and doors. Upgrades for you are furniture, artwork and window treatments. Gone is the dartboard approach to picking projects and wondering if what you are doing is really making a difference. With this plan, you will see real progress.

If you have spent a bundle on making an upgrade you can make small changes for the next couple of months. Upgrade a couple of electric plugs or buy a small lamp. Stick to one upgrade per month and you will be happy with what you see.

Clean your house now for profits later.

If your house is on the market, a bright and sparkly home can attract buyers like a magnet. A house can never be too clean. If you were a buyer, would you choose the house that is slightly dingy or the home down the street that is clean and welcoming?

By making a clean house a priority, you do several things at once. First, you stay on top of maintenance issues, spotting potential problems before they become expensive ones. Secondly, you don’t allow dirt and junk to build up over time. Things like mold can become a nuisance if allowed to spread unchecked. Finally, a clean house is healthier for you and your family.

Remember, de-cluttering is a form of cleaning. Just as dirt builds up, so does clutter. Don’t waste money moving your junk around. Get rid of it now. When it’s time to sell you will feel confident about what you are presenting to the buyer.

Curb appeal counts.

Want a fresh perspective on the value of your home? Walk across the street, turn around and ask yourself, “Does my house have curb appeal?” Does your home look attractive, welcoming and structurally sound at first glance?

Make a list of ways to enhance the positive and eliminate the negative. If you have a nice curvy walkway, accentuate it with flowers or lanterns. If the first thing a visitor sees is your big wide garage, try to guide their eyes into a beautiful front yard, or paint your front door red to guide the eye there. These things add value.

Take a digital photo and look at your home in black and white. When the color is removed, the truth comes out. That is where you see the cracks in the walls and the glaring flaws.

Keep things clean and tidy. Talk to your neighbors because this affects them too. Curb appeal doesn’t stop at your property line. Your home will be more valuable if you live in a place where everyone pays attention to appearance.

Host a neighborhood cleanup party. Team up with neighbors to mow lawns and trim hedges. See who wants to go in on a few flats of border flowers. By adding curb appeal to your entire neighborhood, you will all boost your home values.

When you’re looking at your curb appeal, don’t forget the side and rear views. Buyers walk around and peek over fences.

Upgrade the kitchen.

Ask any real estate expert what the No. 1 upgrade with the greatest return is, and the answer will be the kitchen.

  • Do a mini-remodel. Change the paint. It sounds simple, but it works. You can also paint a faux-wood finish onto your cabinets. This looks just like cherry.
  • Add a splash of color with a new backsplash. New tile is attractive. Home improvement stores teach classes on this.
  • Go stainless steel. The cold feel of steel is a hot ticket item for buyers. Transition your appliances as they wear out and go with a similar metallic look in your light switches.
  • Make your kitchen rock with a rolling island.
  • Hang a pot rack with fresh new pots, pans and a hanging wine bottle holder. With the rolling island, your kitchen will catch every buyer’s eye. You can take some of these things with you to your new home.

Beautify your bathroom.

Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom is the workhorse. There is lots of wear and tear, so you want to keep it functioning well and make good looking upgrades along the way.

  • Focus on your faucet. Bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore. People like to feel relaxed, like they are in a spa. Drop-sinks are old news, people want the under-mount sinks.
  • Go granite or marble with your countertops. If you are toying with the granite idea, your bathroom counter is most likely smaller than your kitchen counter and less expensive. This is a great place to start your first granite project.
  • Nix the overhead lighting in favor of wall mounts to add warmth and value to your bathroom. Make sure that around your mirror you have even lighting with no side shadows.
  • Heated floors attract buyers like bees to honey.
  • Upgrade your bath area. With an 85 percent return, install a shower with body sprays and stone surround tile. If you are not selling right away, you will feel like you are in a Zen garden every time you step into your bathroom.
  • Keep it clean. Dirt and grime can become embedded in bathroom surfaces very quickly. Freshen it up with new grout.

Weigh the benefits of upgrading versus selling.

Should I stay or should I go? It’s a question staring many homeowners in the face. Here is how to tell if there is more value for you in fixing up, or moving on.

First, estimate your costs to buy a new home. Add up the realtor and home selling costs (packing, moving and the new loan financing). Don’t forget hidden items. The buyer may ask you to replace the carpet before you sell. Or, what if you have to replace appliances? Make your best effort to include everything it will cost in time and money to sell your home and buy a new place. Then, estimate what you may get for your house and how much cash you will leave with to put down on a new home.

If you like your neighbors and your school district, consider remodeling. You can get exactly the home you want and you won’t risk any buyer’s remorse. Estimate the cost of making the most crucial renovations needed for you to stay. Decide what you would like to do and go price shopping at your home improvement store. Call contractors and get estimates. This is especially important if you need to add on extra square footage.

 

Look at what it would cost to move, then what it would cost to remodel. Add in the X-factors such as friends, schools and neighbors. When all is said and done, you may find you get more equity by staying in your home and remodeling.

Hire a certified home inspector.

You go to the doctor for physical exams and take your car in for checkups. Why not do the same for your house? A home inspection can be a valuable thing, whether you are selling or not.

If you are selling, get your own inspector before you put your home on the market. The last thing you want is to have a contract on the table, only to hear the inspector has found dry rot. If you know in advance, you can take care of it. If a home inspection turns out well, it is likely the buyers will feel good about their purchase and not ask for costly fixes or concessions.

Why bother having an inspection if you’re not worried about selling? Keep those records to show buyers you have maintained your house all along. Also, time is on your side. You can fix problems on your terms for far less than you will likely spend if you wait. Think of it like a physical that will only keep your home healthy and more valuable.

If you get a clean bill of health, it helps you make decisions. You can pick your home projects and spend your money with confidence.

Pay down the principal on your loan.

As you make all those home improvements, don’t forget the cash. Your financial strategy can boost your home value in a big way. Many different loan features can be added together to give someone a loan that is comfortable for them; give them an opportunity to do home improvements and to invest in their future.

Don’t overdo your down payment. If you spend all your money in a down payment, you may not have enough to do the improvements you want. The rule of thumb is if you are moving into a fixer upper, go for 10 percent down.

Don’t rush into your home loan, as there are dozens of types. The strategy that you develop for the type of loan you want depends on where you see yourself in five or 10 years. Managing your debt payment with an interest-only payment will give you an opportunity to save that money for retirement or save it for a college fund.

Refinancing is a chance to switch up your loan and try something new. Avoid using refinancing as a financial crutch. Are you doing it to lower your interest rate, or are you doing it because you want cash? If you are moving in a year, refinancing probably isn’t a good idea, as it costs between $1,900 and $2,600.

Update From:http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/10-tips-to-increase-your-homes-value

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Mid-Century Modern Remodel Ideas

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Exterior view of lit contemporary house at dusk.

Not long ago, you couldn’t give away a mid-century modern house, so reviled were they. No sane person would ever want one of these spare, plain, flattened houses, when they could fall in love with a pimped up Painted Lady or a down-to-earth Craftsman. It was far more virtuous to own the Victorian or Craftsman.

Something about the mid-century houses just didn’t feel right. Was it the era itself, which stretched from post WWII to late 1960s and even the early 1970s? Was it the people who inhabited those homes–brutish, impulsive, non-PC people who smoked cigarettes and consumed hard liquor and red meat?

Was it the construction itself? This era ushered in cheap, gimcrack building methods and materials: single-pane aluminum-framed windows, thin drywall, laminate counters.

Then, it happened: people got weepy and nostalgic. They fondly remembered these box houses as places where they grew up and played Barbie and Tinkertoys and G.I. Joes. Mad Men came along, further stoking dreams of ranch homes past.

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Here are a few ideas you can use to give your mid-century modern house more of a retro feel.

1. Neutra House Numbers

Vienna-born architect Richard Neutra’s house designs practically define Southern California mid-century residential architecture. Why spend $3.7 million on a Neutra house when you can spend on the order of $25-$35 per piece for these brushed aluminum house numbers in Neutraface font? As it turns out, Neutra had nothing to do with this font: it was developed in 2002 (though is in the spirit of his design principles).

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2. Retro Laminate Counters

Nothing says “mid-century” like a futuristically-patterned kitchen countertop. Boomerang and plenty of other retro laminate counter designs are found in WilsonArt’s Indie Collection. Starting in 1956, Texas-based WilsonArt lead the way in populating American kitchens and bathrooms with laminate surfacing. Founder Ralph Wilson’s house in Temple, TX, now a registered historic landmark, acted as a proving ground for many new WilsonArt laminates, including post-formed, rolled-edge counters (counters with laminate rolled over the edge instead of protected by a metal bumper).

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3. The Ultra-Wide Brick Fireplace

Cadillac-wide brick fireplaces were found in practically every mid-century home. When mid-century fell into disfavor, many of the fireplaces came down. Homeowners found no need for fireplace-heating anymore. Plus, these sizable hulks wasted much floor space. You can veneer over your existing fireplace with brick to achieve these very horizontal lines (veneer is thinner than real brick).

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4. Pendant Lights

Space Age pendant lighting graced many a ranch house or split level home in the 1950s and 1960s. A pendant called Rokot from Rejuvenation approximates the one shown in this vintage photo.

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5. Swanky Exterior Door

Punch a few bold geometric shapes in your exterior door with these DoorLite inserts from Crestview. Specifically designed for the mid-century home, these kits include inserts, frames, sealant, screws, instructions–everything you need except a drill and jigsaw. These kits are not cheap, but they will be cheaper in the end than hunting down and installing vintage doors.

Update:  Crestview Doors is out of business.

6. Privacy Screens / Dividers

Mid-century homes’ open floor plans made spaces feel nebulous, undefined…even unsettling. That’s why room dividers saw their heyday during this period. These easy-to-install, easy-to-remove screens visually “wall off” an entryway or kitchen, or define a living/family room. These dividers also come from Crestview Doors. An expanse six feet long and almost touching an 8-foot ceiling will run you around $700, including shipping and tax.