From the outside, this mid-century home appears to be little more than a quaint, plain, and well-kept residence in the heart of Redwood City, California. But to know its history and to step inside provides a totally new perspective. Originally designed by Ellis Jacobs, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, the house gained new owners who wished to update the rough, industrial feel into a more sleek and modern atmosphere. With the help of Klopf Architecture, Outer Space Landscape Architects, and Flegels Construction they were able to create something remarkable.
The home originally featured walls made of exposed concrete block, which were largely covered up to give an updated feel to the space. The exterior was mostly kept the same, save for some minor improvements and features added to match the rest of the new decor. Walking into the home reveals an entire wall of windows on the far side, creating an abundance of light and open space for the living area, which was expanded. The kitchen and bathroom were the first to be remodeled, to bring them into the 21st century. Energy efficiency was prioritized in all upgrades.
Few would argue against the most breathtaking aspect of the home being the backyard at night. A landscape of illumination from the home serves as the backdrop for evening revelers. Enjoying a fire outside also comes with the pleasure of viewing the city from above amongst neatly landscaped plants and matching concrete walkways. If the goal of this home’s updated design was to feature modern artistry and eco-friendly upgrades while paying homage to its roots, the final result was a great success.
Via Design Milk
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