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  • Project Name: Monte Vista
  • Location Details: Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, CA
  • House Specs: 1959 Palmer-Kreisel Designed “Flat Roof” Alexander 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 1600 sq ft.



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With our extensive experience with working with Alexander built homes, we were able to take advantage of post and beam construction and use unrealized space...

  • The clients originally hired us to design a casita or an expansion on the existing foot print of the house but didn't want to give up the beautiful yard and lush green lawn that they and their children enjoyed so much. That of course was quite a challenge as the only area for expansion was the backyard. In terms of the interior, the guest bathroom was too small especially with multiple kids and house guests. The master bathroom did not have the feel of a grand master bath as was common in Alexander built homes. The owners also wanted to refresh the finishes on the house and have the windows and doors to more appropriate of the house while increasing their energy efficiency.

  • After carefully considering the scope and options of the project, we proposed to the client that we could give them more useable space without adding square footage to their house. With our extensive experience with working with Alexander built homes, we were able to take advantage of post and beam construction and use unrealized space in and near the breezeway, the side yards, and far side of the swimming pool. For the exterior, we replaced all the existing concrete and reconfigured it to include more useable space and the creation of two inviting outdoor lounge beds. Since the house lacked a grand entry, we designed "floating" concrete pads over a water feature which leads to extra-large glass front door. Off the kitchen, a new outdoor dining space was created, which is covered with a period appropriate wood slated pergola. On the opposite side of the house the owners wanted to have a master retreat to relax their cares away. The outdoor spa was designed for the use of the master bedroom occupants and works nicely with the outdoor shower.
    • 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.

      • La Verne Entry Before
      • 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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