Before and After: A Mid-Century Home Reno
A West Coast modern home gets a contemporary update.
It’s a tricky thing, restoring a 50-year-old home. “We didn’t want to create a museum, or a house frozen in time,” says interior designer Sherri Summers. She and partner Terry Koziel bought their G. Douglas Wylie-designed property in 2013, and over the past two years (with the help of designer Mila Djuras), they’ve proceeded to transform the retro West Coast modern home into a space that works for their contemporary needs, while still highlighting the home’s mid-century roots.
The original house was designed in the ’60s, and featured in Western Homes and Living in 1963. Over the past half-decade, the original blueprints and the original magazine have been passed from owner to owner. These documents provided plentiful inspiration for the home’s renovation. “We wanted to maintain the simplicity of mid-century design and retain period features whenever possible,” says Summers.
The original two-bedroom, one-bath, post-and-beam design was reconfigured—with a building addition—into a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, but many elements remained the same. The exterior stone wall was left in tact, as was the limestone fireplace. A set of floating stairs with iron railings and a built-in planter were also restored.
The floating hearth was originally decked out in slate, but Summers and Djuras re-clad it in concrete to update the look. Mahogoany panels in the living room were refinished and re-installed in the upper hallway, and as many windows as possible, including the rear window wall with sliding glass doors and trapezoid clerestory windows, were retained. The result is a warm, welcoming home that gleefully celebrates ties to design history—while still making a modern family feel right at home.