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MCM Out of This Galaxy

My Mid-Century Modern renovation is done and truly is out of this world! 2 days ahead of the construction schedule and it came out just as nice as my conceptual design. This extensive rehab took just over 11 weeks to complete and went as smooth as Astro butter. You can see I added the final modern features out front like the frosted front door and horizontal wood panel with the house numbers illuminated by the up/down cylinder sconce. A matching stainless steel mailbox and doorbell finished it off and tied everything together with the full-view Amarr garage door. Here are the after photos of our “1962 Leonard Drogin” Mid-Century Modern San Diego ranch house in all its glory. Hope you enjoyed the project, its now listed for sale MLS# 120016356 for $599,000 and ready for a new buyer to bring in some Eames chairs, put on some Sinatra and roll over the drink cart for some Martinis. Open House this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 12-3. 4841 Sparks Avenue San Diego, CA 92110. Buyers without agent representation call Green Button Homes LLC @ (619) 565-7475 for a showing.

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  2. By Travis on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    Simply awesome! I love what you did with this house. I wish you a smooth and quick transaction.

  3. By Justin Velthoen on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wow! I really love what you did with this house. I love the modern feel with the contemporary design elements. That style seems to open the house up and gives the illusion of more room.
    The raised sinks, faucets, and superb tiling job really make this house stand out among the others I have walked through lately.

  4. By Bruce May on Mar 30, 2012 | Reply


    Nice job. Really enjoyed watching the development of this project. Looking forward to your next one.

  5. By Tom on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Justin and Bruce. Its definitely one of my favorites and I’m also real happy with it. I hope someone with real love for this style ends up getting it and enjoying the stuff we did.

  6. By Tom on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Travis! If you see any other houses like this for sale let me know.

  7. By cgabhart on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    Diggin it Tom…. Where did you get the closet doors & how much were they?

  8. By Tom on Apr 1, 2012 | Reply

    Cool Thanks Curtis. Finally I did something you had to ask about, whew. Special order Home Depot. 400 bucks each. A cheezy mirror set runs about 200 so I figured it was worth it and it tied into my other frosted glass and aluminum materials. If you back lit them and in a larger closet, you would also have a great effect, maybe next time.

  9. By Bilgefisher on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply


    On the night photo, did it rain or did you wet the driveway for the reflective look? Either way it came out great.


  10. By Tom on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Jason, Thanks buddy. That water was a little water hose action to get some reflections going on.

  11. By Kim on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, it was great to see the finished MCM house on Sunday, and a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for all the great information you provided. Do you remember the brand of the stucco you chose is (cloud grey?) And the brand/color name of the darker grey that you used on the exterior accents? Thanks so much… I hope the South Park project goes great too.

  12. By Tom on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Kim,

    Great to meet you guys too! OK, here ya go:

    The stucco is from Thompsons in San Diego

    It’s Omega Color Tek in a “sand finish 23/30” As I told you smooth texture would have been my first choice but more expensive.

    The color name for the stucco is #141 Cloud Cover.

    The grey wood trim on the house that I didn’t want to stand out I just scanned the color chart you can get for the stucco. The dark grey for the beams I think is Laura Ashley “Chimney Sweep” I found that swatch at Lowe’s and then just scanned it at Home Depot and used Behr paint as usual. Let me check cause I changed it a few times and I’ll come back and edit this post if I’m wrong.

    If you want my stucco guy I can give you a referral. Thanks again for coming by!

  13. By Tom on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    For those of you who have asked, here is where I found the brushed aluminum hourglass sconces in the kitchen:

  14. By Sherry G. on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Tom,

    We stumbled across your blog while searching for a sputnik light and are doing our own renovation of a mid century home in San Diego, would you consider helping us with some design ideas and direction?

  15. By Tom on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Send me your number and I might be able to do some design consulting for you, pretty busy right now but maybe we can work something out. We love the San Diego MCM’s too, so I’d love to check it out anyway.

  16. By Sandi on Feb 16, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Tom,
    Oh my gosh, so happy I found your blog. MCM is my favorite style and we just bought a ranch house in Claremont, Ca which is in l.a. County. Great job on the remodel and what a great price!
    Wondering why you stuccoed the whole house? In my ignorance, I’m not sure if this is common of the period because it seems the house we just bought has a different texture like siding?
    Also, you mentioned you had a budget of $60k, this is because you guys are a contractor/design firm correct? We have less than that for our remodeling project and I’m wondering how far I can stretch those dollars immediately and what I will have to wait on.
    My dream is to have more windows in the back wall. It currently has 3 sliding doors already. I researched online but it seems this is a major expense. Does knocking out the wall to add a large window cost a lot? Was thinking to do this in the master bedroom.
    I am sure you are super busy so if you do reply, thank you so much in advance. Also, congrats on the new office space. Wonderful to read the win win stories.


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