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Here’s the house design I came up with for my new Mid-Century Modern project. As you can see I’m breathing some modern life into the great house while leaving the original lines untouched. All these materials I’m adding really play well with the space-age architecture of the 1960’s and should hit a young, hip & sophisticated buyer perfectly. I love this style house, American culture was obsessed with space travel in the 1960’s and it showed through in a lot of house and furniture design. Some of the interior fixtures like the Sputnik Light I’m considering look like something out of George Jetson’s house. My big change to the facade is the tongue and groove Cedar siding that I’m strategically placing in the center, the stained Cedar warms up the stark white modern stucco and sterile aluminum windows and garage door, while still following the horizontal planes of the original architecture. I’m going frosted glass on the front door with a little more matching wood on the frame to tie it in. The house numbers and front porch lights will also be brushed aluminum to add a nice finishing modern touch.

I did a walk through video also to show the scope of work. Evidently we’ve started to develop a little bit of a following here in San Diego for our home remodeling, 2 interested parties have already emerged and showed interest in buying this home when its completed. As we get in the home stretch anyone is welcome to come see it before it hits the market. Demo started today on the garage floor and driveway, stay tuned and follow along as we get into some Mid-Century Modern fun for 2012. Happy New Year and We Buy Houses also! Call for a cash Offer (619) 438-0234.

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  2. By curtis gabhart on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Nice design, can’t wait to see it.

    id like to stop by next week if your going to be around.
    I need to pick up some tips from the zen master.


  3. By Tom on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hey CG, I’m no master, just good at getting ideas off the web; ) Thanks for hooking me up with the rendering though, come by anytime.

  4. By halbert on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, Tom. I’m amazed you can do all that for $60K! In our neck of the woods, the aluminum-frosted glass garage door would be about twice the price you mentioned earlier. I think it’s an excellent idea to keep the laundry room inside. Skylights & pocket doors in the baths would be spectacular. Some house-hunter is going to be very lucky. Best wishes for 2012!

  5. By enplaned on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    What’s the total square footage of the house?

  6. By Tom on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    @enplaned 1,656. The 2 car garage is pretty nice size at 20′ x 20′ (another 400 sf).

    @halbert you are really on it. I’ve been thinking about the pocket doors too. I really don’t like to use them because they never seem to lock good but in a situation like this they would solve some problems for me and be out of the way when they are open. Maybe I can price out a frosted one for the master to match the closet sliders.

    re: budget, I’ve been known to go over by 10% pretty consistently, but if I say 66k now then it will turn into 75k: ) I can really stretch the dollars by doing most everything myself. Takes a little longer but no rush, we’re having fun. There are some good comps around 530k. Last summer 4 houses down sold for 700. That was in San Diego’s “mini sellers market” if you remember. Larger lot with no school behind and a small view. That’s probably easily 100k in additional value. We’ll see after we are done what new comps pop up and how we compare to whats on the market before we price it. Happy New Year Halbert and thanks for the ideas and help! ps, I’m likely also going with wall mount bathroom sink faucets: ) Did you see those 1960’s tub valves above the bathroom sinks now? So funny.

  7. By profhoff on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Tom – this is going to be a fantastic house and it’s not just young and hip who will lust after this house, us boomers crazy for mid-century modern have a special appreciation for this style and will recognize the value instantly.

  8. By Tom on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    That’s an excellent point Professor. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and have a Happy New Year! T-minus 7 hrs. 13 min. Woohoo. We just picked up a six pack, that’s as crazy as we get these days: )

  9. By Bilgefisher on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply


    It literally pays doing high quality work. You may have a waiting lists of buyers in the future.


  10. By Bruce May on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, looking forward to the progress on this project. It helps keep me motivated on my own stuff.

  11. By Travis on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m excited to watch this one unfold. Compared to The Painted Lady, it is more similar to the style of homes in the area I’m looking. I will be watching and learning. Thanks for sharing with us, Tom!

  12. By Tom on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Travis and Bruce, this one is a little different for me. It will be fun because its really not in bad shape and I like my design ideas. Glad you guys enjoy the posts!

  13. By Imputorvso on Jan 11, 2012 | Reply

    Luke Vibert! I might just hire you to fix up my North Park Mid-Century modern based on your track selection alone. 🙂

  14. By Single Story House Plans on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Good design.
    It’s beautiful.

  15. By Darin Lindauer on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Loving the info on this website , you have done outstanding job on the content .

  16. By Brian P on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I love the garage doors and had a couple of questions. How much did they cost you and how did you backlight them? Is that just the normal garage light or did you install special lighting.

  17. By Tom on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Those doors run about 4-6k for a 16 foot wide by 7 foot high. It depends on which brand you buy. Shop around for the best deal as always. The back lighting was used for the marketing pics, If you wanted that look all the time you could install some special lighting I guess.

  18. By Brian P on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Great work, love your details. I remember this one going on the market and showing my wife we should at least go look at it.

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