The bones of this split-level ranch held untapped potential.  Inspired by a trip to Palm Springs, California for Modernism Week, courtesy of Marvin Windows, we returned bent on converting it to an East Coast version of the hip, glassy, highly-livable style normally associated with the West Coast.

Hidden beneath the new look and feel (much of the old house was taken down to the foundation) are a host of extraordinary energy-efficient methods and products, including a geothermal heat pump, that make this among the highest performing homes we’ve ever done.

Typical of mid-century, the hardscape and landscape are integrated extensions of the architecture in terms of geometry, pattern, texture and color.  Only the cactus is missing!

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Any project involving structural changes should involve an architect and must be completed by a professional contractor who will know how to preserve the integrity of your home’s structure and meet all necessary local building codes. Additionally, you’ll need licensed electricians and plumbers to make any changes to your home’s wiring and plumbing. These specialty trades require a great deal of training and experiencA professional can also complete the job faster and more effectively than if you tried to do it yourself. Professional contractors can often help you get better prices on materials by working with wholesalers. Careful adherence to code will ensure you preserve your home value, and most pros offer guarantees on their work, increasing your peace of mind.  For more information read this in-depth article by This Old House.

 

 

 

 

 

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