Midcentury ranch home goes modern

See how a 1953 ranch-style home went comfortably modern

Homey kitchen
Thomas J. Story

Homey kitchen

The owners wanted to strip the home back to its roots and open the interior more fully to the surrounding yard. Existing slate flooring was kept in place, and the interior of the concrete block walls was sandblasted to add texture. The kitchen got a bigger island, a stainless steel backsplash, and a series of bookshelves that serves as a divider from the living room.

The 1950s aesthetic was hardly limited to stainless steel and molded plastic. The use of wood, especially walnut and mahogany, was a main design feature of that era; it adds tactile depth to any room.

New walnut veneers restore period charm to the original kitchen cabinets.

Resources: Gas range from Viking (888/845-4641).

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