Ron Molen Revival

Murray, Utah
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  • Location
  • Murray, Utah
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 1966
  • Square Feet
  • 2033
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • A few months back, I acquired my own live-in work of art – a Ron Molen-designed home.

    Celebrated Utah architect Molen’s Mid-Century Modern design is just as relevant, if not more popular today, than it was some sixty years on. Signature features in our home include an aggregate floor entryway, floor-to-ceiling windows and smoked mirror walls, an atrium with two Japanese maples, a conversation pit and stunning wood paneling.

    I’d now like to share the ‘after’ images since phase one of the remodel is complete and we’ve had time to settle in. There wasn’t a lot to change. Why? Two words. Ron Molen.

    Our goal was to enhance the gift we were given by modernizing the space, invigorating a few aging nooks and adding some fun, life-enhancing tech.

    The first and most tiresome task was smoothing the ‘orange peel’-textured walls. It sounds simple enough, but it was painful and laborious. Had it not been for those ‘cellulite’ walls, we would have been done and dusted in under three weeks, but a seemingly minor detail has added a fresh modernity to the space.

    Carpeting was replaced with elegant and affordable faux wood vinyl flooring. The ability to withstand all kinds of punishment was important, as we have an excitable pup with sharp claws. Natural lighting is a necessity, and we had to concede that our new home was too dark and bucking against Interior Design 101. So we added canned lights in the front room and master bedroom and nixed all but a few blinds. Light now pours through those revered floor-to-ceiling windows, showcasing every design accent.

    Stylish finishes and clever ideas used in previous remodeling projects were reiterated in the kitchen and bathrooms – the most frequently used rooms in any home. Enhancements included new sinks and appliances, matte gold plumbing fixtures, new shower tile and a floor-to-ceiling backsplash that spills into the living area, connecting the two areas while providing a striking focal point.

    Master steel worker, Ryan Lee with Scottsdale Metal earned the title of ‘Iron Man’ by repurposing the kitchen cabinetry. Ryan removed a low-lying upper cabinet above the sit up bar and converted it into a suspended open steel shelf.

    We sourced additional wood to complement the original cabinetry, incorporating vertical slat work to align with the home’s initial cedar design – just one of the many touches that deem our home so special and unique.

    I truly could wax lyrical about our Molen masterpiece for days. Phase two of the remodel will soon be underway and ideas to enhance our home continue to bounce about in my head.

    If you’re as smitten with our home as we are, you can learn more about Ron Molen via the Utah Heritage Foundation. We’re proud members and we’d love to welcome you to the Mid-Century Modern club here in Salt Lake City.

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    View from sitting area to kitchen Photo  of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    View from sitting area to kitchen

    View from sitting area to kitchen Photo 2 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    View from sitting area to kitchen

    Conversation pit with smoke mirrors and sputnik light Photo 3 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Conversation pit with smoke mirrors and sputnik light

    Conversation pit with smoke mirrors and sputnik light Photo 4 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Conversation pit with smoke mirrors and sputnik light

    Celebrating the revival process! Photo 5 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Celebrating the revival process!

    From dining room looking into kitchen with new half wall buffet Photo 6 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    From dining room looking into kitchen with new half wall buffet

    Have to keep the original built in phone! Photo 7 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Have to keep the original built in phone!

    Front living room with double bumper chaise couch Photo 8 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Front living room with double bumper chaise couch

    Welcome Photo 9 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Welcome

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    Photo 11 of Ron Molen Revival modern home
    Entry of home showcasing the original atrium new flooring and open floor plan Photo 12 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Entry of home showcasing the original atrium new flooring and open floor plan

    Great wide shot showing flow of the open floor plan and atrium in the middle Photo 13 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Great wide shot showing flow of the open floor plan and atrium in the middle

    Photo 14 of Ron Molen Revival modern home
    Entry showing the view all the way back to the dining and kitchen area with lots of light from the atrium. Note aggregate flooring at entry Photo 15 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Entry showing the view all the way back to the dining and kitchen area with lots of light from the atrium. Note aggregate flooring at entry

    Master bedroom with original 60's furniture Photo 16 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Master bedroom with original 60's furniture

    Slightly updated bath with champagne bronze hardware through out the home Photo 17 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Slightly updated bath with champagne bronze hardware through out the home

    Guest Bedroom with original mirrors Photo 18 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Guest Bedroom with original mirrors

    Office with original cedar wood accent wall Photo 19 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Office with original cedar wood accent wall

    Original kitchen cabinets with new appliances, updates shelf hung from ceiling and full height back splash and original repurposed vertical wood slats Photo 20 of Ron Molen Revival modern home

    Original kitchen cabinets with new appliances, updates shelf hung from ceiling and full height back splash and original repurposed vertical wood slats