A 1950s California Ranch House Gets a Modern-Farmhouse Makeover

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By Michele Koh Morollo
This remodeled and extended ranch house in Del Mar is a modern farmhouse-meets-beach shack.

The 2,800-square-foot ranch house from the 1950s was renovated by San Francisco-based architect Nick Noyes, with interiors designed by Raili Clasen, founder of Newport Beach studio railiCAdesign.

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Sited on an oversized lot, the Southern California house has an intimately scaled exterior structure that follows a clean farmhouse aesthetic. 

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Within its sunlit interiors, Scandinavian elements and nautical colors and patterns come together to harmonize the home with its beachside locale in San Diego County.

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The owners wanted to incorporate the house’s original ranch vibes into their new modern home. 

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They were adamant on respecting the site and neighborhood, and didn't want the new home to be overly ornate or showy. 

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"The owner's wanted to retain the ranch style of the property, but modernize it with bright-white walls and ceilings, and a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen," says Clasen, who selected a number of midcentury pieces to complement the contemporary ranch concept.

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The remodel added about 300 square feet of space to the original structure, which allowed Noyes to create an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area with a board-formed concrete fireplace, a mudroom, four bedrooms, and about an acre of outdoor space.

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White rift-oak planks were used for the floors and the cabinets, which were custom made by H & J Cabinets.

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The giant barn door in the dining room slides open to reveal a fully stocked bar with a black-and-white mural of a liquor truck (an image from the owner’s family business taken 50 years ago) on the back wall of the bar. 

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Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chairs and a Moooi Random Pendant light add a touch of retro-cool to the rustic, solid-oak dining table. 

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Clasen used Caesarstone’s Blizzard quartz surface for the kitchen countertops, industrial faucets from Watermark Designs, wallpaper by Spoonflower in the mudroom, Ralph Lauren fabrics, and Emtek brass-door fixtures to introduce various textures and a "contemporary character with a dash of vintage."

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Project Credits: 

- Architecture: Nick Noyes Architecture

- Builder: Del Mar Restoration 

- Interior Design: Raili Clasen 

-Landscape Design: Lisa Chestnut

- Cabinetry: H & J Cabinets