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Renovated Mid Century Modern House

Design collective Framestudio completed the renovation of this mid-century home near San Francisco, designed by architect Henry Hill in a boomerang shape around a pool. The house, called Ridgewood, is in the Alamo, a suburb 20 miles east of San Francisco, and was completed in 1959 by Bay Area architect Hill. But its history since its completion has been “sketchy”, including the abandonment, renovation and expansion, and had left the house in fair condition.

Designed for a couple who were about to become empty nests, the Framestudio renovation aimed to preserve existing details where possible, update the house in the style that followed the ethos of its original architect, and to meet the needs of the new resident.

The architects have retained the few original interior elements and connected the interior spaces with the natural surroundings. Following this, the designers added even more windows to the two wings of the house – the bedrooms in one, the living room, the kitchen, the dining room and the study in the other. A second bedroom received a new glass wall modeled after an existing one in the master bedroom, while the original small windows in the kitchen were merged into one. The cave, which was added to the property in the 1970s but had few openings, has also been updated with large areas of glazing and a new fireplace, referencing the existing brick fireplaces in the house.

Other changes include reconfiguring the layout of the guest and master bedroom bathrooms, a new wine room, and the addition of floor-to-ceiling wooden cabinets in the hallways. The hallway ceilings have also been lowered to introduce a new air duct system for heating and cooling the bedrooms. All of the original single pane glazing has also been replaced by double glazing. Throughout the house, the floors are either covered with light wooden planks made from large gray tiles, and the walls and wooden ceilings are all painted white. The interior has been updated to follow the style of lesser-known international designers of the mid-century.

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