Rethinking Bad Remodel Decisions
This flat-roofed mid-century modern home sits in a rather eclectic neighborhood. There are several Craftsman bungalows along the street along with a few newer homes that have filled in formerly vacant lots. Stately pioneer-era homes with gingerbread wood work sit closer into town and seem a bit Victorian but also Bavarian.
The owners of this home could have happily stuck to the mid-century era and celebrated their unique chapter of architecture in the neighborhood. Somewhere along the line, however, some bad decisions were made.
Turned wood railings have no place on a house like this. What would be more appropriate? Glass, metal, cables, squared wood rails...almost ANY OTHER decision would have been better than the ornate things picked up at a local hardware store! Similarly, the Victorian lace pattern on the oval doors kind of hurt the soul. You don't have to be a modernist to agree that it simply doesn't fit. The owners have tried to add several traditional items on a very modern shape. They don't have the pitched roof or traditional form of their neighbors. It just doesn't work.
Luckily, it's a pretty quick fix.
Cable railing, retro light fixtures, and modern doors could quickly correct the wrong turns made in remodeling this home. Keep the brick as it is, find some cool metal house numbers, add some accent colors, and paint the siding white to further enhance the modern vibe. These aren't expensive moves if you're looking at attracting long-term renters or bumping up the value of your property investment.
It's like Kurt Cobain said, "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are." This house could only be traditional if the home mostly rebuilt. That roofline will never say "traditional" and that is an expensive decision. Where the poor remodel decisions didn't live up to the soul of its modern roots, the proposal sketch shows some remedies that are true to what this home is. Not only is this a well sized home near a park and close to a walk-able main street, the mid-century style fits the eclecticism of an older part of a small town.
Enthusiastically embracing the original style pays off. It looks right and simple moves are often less expensive than elaborate overhauls. Second Cobain quote: "I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I'm not."
One of the most common Awkward moves is pretending to be something else. Avoid the Awkward.