Our current project is all about “Bringing Back the Seventies”! We’re renovating one of those pseudo modern houses built in the 1970’s-80’s. They can be found in almost any city in the USA!
Typical features of these homes include cathedral ceilings , steeply pitched roofs, multiple rooflines, floating staircases (which were new to the era), asymmetrical front facades, which often were of poor design and presentation, massive stone trim on the outside as well as inside fireplace surrounds, cedar siding as a prevalent siding material.
The positives of these “Modern Seventies” homes is the vaulted ceilings and a somewhat open floor plan. New houses today feature a totally open floor plan for the living areas- i.e. no walls and no hallways. This house offers opportunities to open up some of the walls and convert to a more open floor plan that what was originally existing. Since there is a three story stone fireplace going up through the middle of the home, it is impossible to achieve the “no walls “plan that can be found in new construction.
The negatives of renovating include being restricted with the existing construction and limited with how many walls can come down or how far doorways can be opened up to become wide open passageways.
The façade is usually an issue. This house does not follow the concepts of classical proportion and thus has a poor curb appeal. Poor thing- this lady needs a facelift!
You know when you look at it that it lacks curb appeal but you may not know why initially.
Classical proportion would tell you the upper level is top heavy, making it look like it looms over the first floor level. The horizontal center line of the front of the house visually cuts the house in half. Classical proportion would have the upper level proportion to the lower level 2/5 to 3/5.to 3/5 .The house looks short and squatty.
What current style can this home be adapted to resemble and present a more current lifestyle? Research has shown us we can work towards a mission/prairie style or a country farmhouse style. One key to a successful renovation is working with the original style of the home while trying to achieve an updated interior and exterior presentation.
Why not just build a new house? one might ask. Very often the answer is location. This property may just be one of the most beautiful locations in the area. Situated on a golf course, the home was designed and built by one of the developers of the championship golf course neighborhood. The golf course features a rolling terrain and is a certified Audubon Sanctuary. The house is pitched perfectly on the lot, with spectacular views, front and back.