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Mid century modern in the desert | Bedford Corners Real Estate

A Stale Desert Midcentury Gets a Punched-Up Personality


In Rancho Mirage, California, a tired 1960s house is completely transformed with new features and materials that blend midcentury charm with contemporary taste.

Despite a 1984 remodel, the desert midcentury that a couple recently purchased as their vacation home near Palm Springs had long suffered signs of aging with outdated finishes, deferred maintenance, and ill-proportioned rooms. Eager to breathe new life into the 1960s dwelling, the homeowners looked to Seattle–based Stuart Silk Architects for a gut renovation to bring their holiday home to modern standards.

Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, and Glass Siding Material Poured concrete walkways flanked by desert landscaping lead to the architect-designed front door painted bright blue.
Poured concrete walkways flanked by desert landscaping lead to the architect-designed front door painted bright blue.

“Our clients wanted to create an updated, midcentury modern home that isn’t too modern,” the architects explain of the project, dubbed Thunderbird Heights. “Our goal was to capture the feel of a home that could have been built in the 1950s but also has elements of today. We wanted to integrate fresh ideas alongside design elements popular in the 1950s in Southern California.”

Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, and House Building Type The Thunderbird Heights house is set on a plateau above Coachella Valley and backs up to the Santa Rosa mountains to the south and west.
The Thunderbird Heights house is set on a plateau above Coachella Valley and backs up to the Santa Rosa mountains to the south and west.
Exterior, Glass Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, House Building Type, and Brick Siding Material An bird's eye view of the home, which sits roughly in the center of the 1.3-acre lot. The swimming pool was relocated from its original location in the courtyard to the back yard.
An bird’s eye view of the home, which sits roughly in the center of the 1.3-acre lot. The swimming pool was relocated from its original location in the courtyard to the back yard.

Starting with a reconfiguration of the entire floor plan, the architects removed and replaced “90 percent” of the original house with new construction; most of the existing foundation and roof structure were reused.

Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Glass Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material Deep roof overhangs protect the interior from the hot desert sun. New, thermally broken doors and glass were installed throughout the house.
Deep roof overhangs protect the interior from the hot desert sun. New, thermally broken doors and glass were installed throughout the house.
Exterior, House Building Type, Brick Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine Stuart Silk Architects made significant changes to the exterior with their addition of beige brick walls, thin custom-designed columns, steel trellises, and large roof overhangs.
Stuart Silk Architects made significant changes to the exterior with their addition of beige brick walls, thin custom-designed columns, steel trellises, and large roof overhangs.

Thermally broken windows replaced all original glazing while large expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass were installed to open the home up to greater natural light and views of the outdoors.

Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, and Glass Siding Material The view from the rear lawn towards the house. The outdoor living room is accessible from the family room (on the right) and the living room (on the left).
The view from the rear lawn towards the house. The outdoor living room is accessible from the family room (on the right) and the living room (on the left).
Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, and Glass Siding Material  Arcadia windows and doors with bronze finishes help achieve the homeowners' goal of indoor/outdoor living.
Arcadia windows and doors with bronze finishes help achieve the homeowners’ goal of indoor/outdoor living.

Further enhancing the indoor/outdoor living experience are two new open-air terraces attached to the living room and kitchen. To accommodate a growing family, the architects also added an extra bedroom for a total of five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Coffee Tables, Sectional, Terrazzo Floor, and Recessed Lighting Located across the entrance, the cozy family room includes a mini bar and overlooks the outdoor patio and backyard with the relocated pool.
Located across the entrance, the cozy family room includes a mini bar and overlooks the outdoor patio and backyard with the relocated pool.
Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Coffee Tables, Terrazzo Floor, Sectional, and Recessed Lighting The home's terrazzo floors, fabricated by Architectural Concrete Innovations, are flecked with gold and brown accents.
The home’s terrazzo floors, fabricated by Architectural Concrete Innovations, are flecked with gold and brown accents.

Midcentury influences abound in the updated architecture, from the home’s long horizontal forms and flat roof to custom-made details like the geometrically inspired entrance door and metal screens.

Living Room, Terrazzo Floor, Chair, Table Lighting, Coffee Tables, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Sofa The living room features a double-sided gas fireplace, a pair of Jan Showers chairs, a 1stdibs coffee table, a custom Kush Rugs rug, and a Look Modern teak side table.
The living room features a double-sided gas fireplace, a pair of Jan Showers chairs, a 1stdibs coffee table, a custom Kush Rugs rug, and a Look Modern teak side table.

Yet the home is far from a 1960s time capsule. Blending together midcentury elements, contemporary surfaces, and the couple’s individual tastes, Thunderbird Heights has a vivacious character that’s uniquely its own.

Dining Room, Chair, Table, Terrazzo Floor, and Accent Lighting Yellow Popham Design tiles add whimsy to the kitchen. A vintage Murano glass chandelier hangs above a custom table surrounded by DWR chairs.
Yellow Popham Design tiles add whimsy to the kitchen. A vintage Murano glass chandelier hangs above a custom table surrounded by DWR chairs.

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