SEWARD PARK MID CENTURY
Completely refurbished and modernized 1950s home
When we found a wonderful, completely original mid-century home, the aim was not to change it, but to modernize it without compromising it, and to restore the home’s best features, bringing the joys of this extraordinary home back to life.
Before considering the interior needs, we re-envisioned the possibilities for the home’s site. Previous owners had pushed dirt up against house, creating a dark basement. By moving 200 yards of dirt and sculpting the backyard the basement was daylighted, bringing the radiance of sunlight into the space for the first time. A second master suite was a natural for this newly revitalized space. The innovative addition of old-school Japanese Shoji screens on a track created dual functionality—a large open space or a private retreat—while allowing light to filter through. By saw-cutting the foundation, a sliding door was added to a new outdoor patio overlooking the newly revitalized, landscaped backyard.
The kitchen was refreshed, with richly hued sapele cabinets and a quartz counter, while the mid-century lighting was retained.
The master bathroom was another prime candidate for updating. Keeping with the mid-century feel, we built an appealing new cabinet that was similar in shape to the old one, and the original vanity light was retained, but refurbished. The bathtub was replaced with a contemporary, curbless two-person shower, and radiant floor heating was installed.
Throughout the process, all lighting fixtures, wood surfaces, railing systems and hardware were carefully refinished, restoring the luster of this gorgeous mid-century home while bringing it into the modern world.