A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

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Thanks to one client and architecture firm, this modern dwelling stands out in Hingham, Massachusetts, where traditional homes abound on historic streets.

A wife and mother, who grew up in a midcentury house in the Pacific Northwest, desired more than a conventional dwelling for her family in Hingham. She envisioned a modern home where her four high school and college-age children would still feel comfortable; as a former professional chef, the kitchen would also inspire her talents. When a rundown midcentury modern property went on the market, her wishes began to take shape. Architect Don DiRocco of Hammer Architects, who partnered with principal Mark Hammer on the project, met those requirements—and included a mudroom and outdoor shower as well. But there is another feature of this home that may not have been a part of the original plan: an ocean view. Hammer Architects took care of that, too. “To take advantage of the view of the ocean from the front of the house, [we] added oversized windows to all rooms, including the master bedroom,” Don DiRocco said.

Modern home with Exterior, House, and Concrete Siding Material. More than 60 percent of the original home was rebuilt, DiRocco said, and one of the main goals was to bring light into the home. Windsor Windows and Doors, clad in bronze on the exterior and fir in the interior, helped accomplish that mission. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

More than 60 percent of the original home was rebuilt, DiRocco said, and one of the main goals was to bring light into the home. Windsor Windows and Doors, clad in bronze on the exterior and fir in the interior, helped accomplish that mission.

Modern home with Exterior, House, and Wood Siding Material. A new entryway was created for the home; it’s situated across from a patio that leads to a new garage. Western red cedar with a clear finish unifies the exterior look of the property. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

A new entryway was created for the home; it’s situated across from a patio that leads to a new garage. Western red cedar with a clear finish unifies the exterior look of the property.

Modern home with Kitchen and Undermount Sink. The owners requested that the kitchen act as the center of the home so it was built at the rear of the property. “It allowed us to pop off the roof and add clerestory windows to bring in an abundance of sunlight and fresh air,” DiRocco said. The sink is by Blanco and the faucet is by Grohe. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

The owners requested that the kitchen act as the center of the home so it was built at the rear of the property. “It allowed us to pop off the roof and add clerestory windows to bring in an abundance of sunlight and fresh air,” DiRocco said. The sink is by Blanco and the faucet is by Grohe.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, and White Cabinet. Ted Franklin custom cabinets and Artic white Formica countertops can be found in the kitchen. Thermador appliances—including a wine refrigerator—are spaced throughout the room. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

Ted Franklin custom cabinets and Artic white Formica countertops can be found in the kitchen. Thermador appliances—including a wine refrigerator—are spaced throughout the room.

Modern home with Living Room and Bookcase. Quarter sawn Oak wood floors spread across the home’s shared rooms. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

Quarter sawn Oak wood floors spread across the home’s shared rooms.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Rug Floor, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Fir laminate decking ceilings run perpendicular to exposed beams in the dining and living rooms. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

Fir laminate decking ceilings run perpendicular to exposed beams in the dining and living rooms.

Modern home with Exterior, House, and Wood Siding Material. The home’s four bedrooms and bathrooms all feature oversized, pinnacle clad windows by Windsor Windows and Doors for optimal views of the surrounding water. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

The home’s four bedrooms and bathrooms all feature oversized, pinnacle clad windows by Windsor Windows and Doors for optimal views of the surrounding water.

Illuminating Experiences supplied the exterior wall lights, while the interior’s recessed downlights and monopoints are by Lightolier. At night, a Bluestone patio sits in the glow. Photo  of A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight modern home

Illuminating Experiences supplied the exterior wall lights, while the interior’s recessed downlights and monopoints are by Lightolier. At night, a Bluestone patio sits in the glow.

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