Shutters once had a real function. They were a security measure, a way to close up houses safely at night or when the occupants were away. But they serve no purpose on a modern house. Please don't glue fake shutters to your siding!!!
I finally pulled out the tired green wall-to-wall carpet in my living room and revealed ... a lovely warm toned and dense grained hardwood floor underneath. I'm so happy I can't stop rubbing my hands together in glee.
Today, a breakdown of the Midcentury Modern style - both at NASA and at home - in one of my favorite recent movies: Hidden Figures.
The definition of a true MCM kitchen is not the laminate counter tops and pastel appliances. You can recognize a classic ranch kitchen by its layout and by the driving philosophy behind it.
Here's an interesting example of the residential ARCHITECTURE being constructed at the same time as the ranch house was filling the country. Farnswoth house has been called the “reducio ad absurdum of the notion of a dwelling.”
You can remodel your home and substantially increase your living area without adding on a single square foot! Staying within your existing footprint is easier, cheaper and more sustainable.
Today I consider the similarities and differences between two closely related building types, the Chicago Bungalow and the Midwestern Ranch. What can one teach about the other?
This addition scheme adds a mid-story den behind the garage creating a split level. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
This addition scheme pushes new masses out to the back and side. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project
One of the most common ways to add onto a ranch is to push back or add a win. Here are the pros and cons this scheme for a recent project