If you're lucky enough to own a home with "Neutra bones," here are six examples of how to update the mid-century feel for modern living.
The first thing designers Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows did after purchasing a 1955 four-bedroom house by Willis N. Mills was strip it. "We didn't realize the exterior was straight-grain redwood," says Bassam. "It was covered in layers of gray paint." Bassam replaced the terrace's concrete pavers with bluestone and removed a concrete-block wall.
Courtesy of Mark Seelen.
Belgian architect Dieter Van Everbroeck bought “a banal bungalow from the 1960s" after falling for a spectacular 300-year-old beech tree on the outskirts of Ghent. To play up the home's connection to nature, the architect extended two wings at a 90-degree angle around the tree, added a glass curtain wall, and emphasized the horizontal to keep spaces as open as possible.
Eric Pfeiffer ditched San Francisco for this 1956 "Eichleresque" home in Oakland. They kept most of the interior details, like the ceiling of interconnected two-by-fours, but overhauled the lower floor in response to deck that had fallen into disrepair.