Project Info

  • Project Name: Capistrano
  • Location Details: Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, CA
  • House Specs: 1963 Charles Dubois Designed built by the Alexander Construction Company, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 2700 sq ft.



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Installing new kitchen cabinets with Ceasorstone countertops and incorporating vintage paneled screens not only brought the house into the 21st Century but also paid homage to its mid-century past...

  • This sad house had been recently remodeled in inappropriate aesthetic. Also, known in Palm Springs as an “Alexander Abomination”. Pulling up to the house you could barely see the front door or any of the architecture or any of the original rock or block work. The house had been done via a ‘home improvement’ store and poor choices were made. The client wanted to bring the house to its midcentury glory. A complete remodel and refresh was in order.

  • We stripped the house of its combination of wood and vinyl windows/sliders and replaced them with Low-E Dual paned windows. The kitchen had already been opened up to the living area and the garage had been converted to a family room in the early 1970’s. Installing new kitchen cabinets with Ceasorstone countertops and incorporating vintage paneled screens not only brought the house into the 21st Century but also paid homage to its midcentury past. We created a cascade of concrete steps incorporating an existing boulder to draw visitors to the grand front entry. Simple landscaping and sod showcases the architecture of the house. We changed the path of the previous driveway to divert attention from where the garage door would have been. The house had a lot of outdoor area and converted one side yard into an intimate fire pit sitting area with an adjacent ‘cocktail’ orchard. The other generous side yard was used to create an outdoor bed complete with centered umbrella hole with spectacular sweeping mountain views. An elevated spillway spa was added in the center of the pool to draw your attention to the outdoor space as you entered the front door. Really creating the ultimate in Palm Springs indoor-outdoor living.

    • Atomic Ranch: 5 Considerations To Make When Hiring An MCM Contractor

      The search is on for an amazing contractor that will help you make your dream midcentury home a reality. So, where do you start? As owners of H3K Design, Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes have the knowledge and experience to share their insight on what to look for in a contractor. “We specialize in whole-house renovations for second homes and vacation homes, and we have a passion for Midcentury Modern design,” they say. “Part of our job is helping our clients find contractors that will work with us to build their dream homes.” Here, they share their top questions and considerations when hunting for a MCM contractor.

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      • La Verne Entry After
      • BEFORE. “At some point in time—probably the ‘80s—the amazing breezeway between the house and carport was enclosed off this Alexander house,” says Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes.
      • AFTER. “The contractor was instrumental in helping us bring it back to life by opening the space, installing a fountain and adding breeze block,” says Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes. Photo by Patrick Ketchum Photography.

      1. Check their MCM experience.

      Contractors are used to tearing things down and working with a fresh start. To ensure that your contractor shares your desire to preserve MCM features when possible, it’s best if they have experience with period homes. “Renovating MCM homes is more about restoration and keeping and improving upon the things that are already there,” says Kevin and Howard. “If you want to keep things that are valuable, you need someone who is experienced, so they can think outside the box and come up with solutions for problems that may arise.”

      This is also relevant to materials used. “Let them know the aesthetic is just as important as the function,” they say. “They may want to choose the path of least resistance and go with travertine tiles when you want cork or linoleum, or they’ll suggest cheap vinyl windows when you want aluminum. Decide what you want to do with your restoration and stay true to those roots.”

      Written on Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:00
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