What we know as midcentury modern design was actually called modern architecture in the mid-20th century. The style was a result of all the technological development that happened after World War II and the onset of the space age. Architects brought the innovation of materials like glass, aluminum and steel into home building — not only in engineering and structure but also in style and form.
Moody Modern Ranch: Exterior
Modern ranch architecture has lots of straight lines and plenty of windows to link the indoors with the outdoors. This beautiful home sits on an acre of land in Redlands, California — the homeowners' own little oasis. Inspired by the property's olive trees, Brett updated the exterior by changing the color from beige to charcoal gray. He also eliminated overgrown landscaping to showcase all of the architecture.
Moody Modern Ranch: Living Room
The updated living room is so airy thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Brett brightened up the paint colors to play on that. He replaced the wall-to-wall carpet with pretty hardwood flooring and an area rug then topped it off with iconic mid-mod furniture.
Moody Modern Ranch: Kitchen
One of the biggest differences in the kitchen was getting rid of a door to the outside that wasn't functional, and instead, adding a window and more countertop space. Brett painted the original cabinets a creamy white, updated the appliances and installed new countertops and backsplash. The original built-in clock above the doorway at the end of the galley kitchen was restored and now works again.
After World War II, many returning veterans were looking for homes in the suburbs. The postmodern ranch was very popular because of its mass production and affordability. The homes often featuredflat rooflines, large windows and a small floor plan. Brett restored this postmodern home's exterior by removing some old iron railing that didn't match the period of the home and instead, adding a concrete patio. He curved the landscape to define the patio and delineate the walkway to the home.
Postmodern: Living Room
After the renovation, the living room is midcentury modern chic with retro furniture, a colorful rug and light blue walls, keeping it light and airy. Before, the room was painted bright yellow, which fought against the white-painted brick fireplace. Now, it perfectly complements the entire room.
Postmodern: Dining Room
In the dining room, Brett polished the concrete floors to expose the aggregate, filled in the gaps and added a finish coat to create a durable, one-of-a-kind surface. He also commissioned a carpenter to build a floating cantilever bench. Both the floors and the statement bench are enhanced by the artwork and the iconic mid-mod light fixture and dining set.
Classic California: Exterior
This classic West Coast ranch home was once bright yellow. Brett reimagined the home's exterior with a gray and white color palette that accentuates the architectural features of the home like the board-and-batten siding, diamond-pane windows and exposed rafters.
Classic California: Living Room
Inside, this cozy corner of the living room was once covered in dated wallpaper. Brett restored the original wood paneling by removing the wallpaper and sanding down the glue. He refinished the paneling with dark stain then topped it off with a fun retro clock. The fireplace and mantel were left untouched.
Classic California: Kitchen
Brett expanded the kitchen and dining room by extending it into the large hallway, almost doubling the space. He added a kitchen island and some extra cabinetry, which he was able to match perfectly with the original cabinets. He also replaced tile countertops with natural stone.
Modern Ranch: Exterior
This beautiful ranch was once painted pale yellow, had unoriginal stonework covering half of the entryway, plus a big red door. Nothing about it said midcentury modern. Brett decided to transform the foyer into a deep-set vestibule. Now the defined entryway has wooden privacy screens that have integrated benches. It completely transformed the exterior.
Modern Ranch: Entry
A closer look at the entry shows several special design features. The first is the sliding glass door, which was salvaged from a 1950s midcentury torn down in nearby Pasadena, California. This vintage piece brought authenticity back into the home. Second, take a look at the tile on the lefthand wall, it is handmade cast concrete with extended and recessed circles. It's a show-stopper. Lastly, the landscaping coming up to the front door perfectly blends manmade materials and nature.
Modern Ranch: Dining Room
The grand dining room boasts a beautiful long table with a funky gold light fixture and open storage. Natural light pours in through sliding doors that lead to the back patio.
Post & Beam: Exterior
One feature of post-and-beam construction is the important connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Brett Waterman pulled the colors of the environment to paint the home, blending it perfectly with surrounding nature. He also found historical photos of the original landscape — a Japanese garden, which he brought back to center stage.
Post & Beam: Living Room
Inside, Brett replaced the drywall with warm-brown wood paneling. He also got rid of the dated square tiles on the floor in favor of a polished concrete overlay. The overlay achieved the consistency and finish that the original concrete floors didn't have. Retro furniture and art complete the space.
Post & Beam: Kitchen
A tiny, compartmentalized kitchen was transformed into a huge, open-concept kitchen. Brett doubled the space by building into the adjoining mudroom. The kitchen boasts new wood cabinets, dark countertops and a large peninsula, plus vintage brass hardware. Now, it's full of function and style.