Updating a classic midcentury home A hillside midcentury modern house gets renovated for today with earth-friendly ideas that improve (discreetly) on the past Before: Midcentury living room Featured in Sunset's May 1966 issue, this award-winning La Mesa hillside home near San Diego was considered a model of indoor-outdoor living. From the downstairs office and family room, glass doors led to an outdoor patio and beautiful gardens. A photo taken soon after the house was built shows the living room’s double-sided fireplace. Pinterest After: living room The living room now glows with new wood floors and a lighter, less-obtrusive shade of paint on the ceiling beams and trim. Indoor-outdoor living A glazed breezeway and sliding glass doors opened onto shady decks that abutted the hillside of granite boulders and meandering pathways. An updated classic A sensitive 2007 update by local architect Carmen Pauli and owners Jora and Bryan Vess kept the essential character of the 3,178-square-foot residence while incorporating modern eco-friendly materials, including Brazilian teak floors and ipe wood decking. Free flow Steel post-and-beam construction eliminates the need for thick supporting walls in the living areas. View master With the main living areas on the second floor, dining in the treetops is a daily treat. Kitchen in plain sight Featured in Sunset's May 1966 issue, this award-winning La Mesa hillside home near San Diego was considered a model of indoor-outdoor living. The renovated kitchen retains the original footprint minus the overhead cabinets that isolated it from the dining area. See more of this updated classic home Sense of place Floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining areas offer a broad view of the surrounding landscape and valley below. Inspired by the outdoors Natural tones of pottery complement the Southern California landscape.