When our read­ers send us photos of their atomic ranches, we can’t help but put them on our re­frig­er­a­tor.

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - By Jo­lene Nolte

The Aguilar home in Can­ton, Ohio

For Rhonda and Ken Aguilar, it was love at first Google be­tween them and their 1959 brick ranch. Rhonda ex­plains, “We fell in love with the in­te­rior photos of the spa­cious floor plan and the great win­dows when house hunt­ing on­line.” Those win­dows in­clude orig­i­nal ones, clerestory win­dows that open and pic­ture win­dows along the front façade. Other high­lights in­clude “a large L-shaped liv­ing/din­ing room and a fam­ily room with a char­coal grill and fume hood”— plus the dis­cov­ery “that the ar­chi­tects for the home were Cox & Forsythe, who were best known as the ar­chi­tects for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in Can­ton, Ohio.”

The Valade home in Kailua, Hawaii

It was a jour­ney for both the Valade fam­ily and the previous own­ers. Ruby ex­plains, “Our fam­ily of 5 moved to Hawaii 4 years ago with ba­si­cally just a suit­case each.” Af­ter rent­ing, this 1953 Hawai­ian Plan­ta­tion style home be­came available. “We bought the home last year from the fam­ily who had built it and lived here for three gen­er­a­tions. A bit­ter­sweet trans­ac­tion. They only con­sid­ered sell­ing to our fam­ily af­ter we submitted an es­say per their re­quest, on why we wanted to make this home ours.”

Ruby en­joys“the thrill of the hunt” in the process of mak­ing it their home. Some of her fa­vorite finds in­clude the Kai Kris­tiansen wall unit and Vik­ing glass­ware.

The Lin-tam home in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia

For Pamela, finding a 1958 Eich­ler was a game-changer. “I fell in love with it as soon as I walked in the front door,” Pamela says. Since not many of the orig­i­nal fea­tures re­mained, Pamela says, “We kept the orig­i­nal lay­out, and I ended up de­sign­ing ev­ery­thing my­self. Our home was fea­tured on Houzz and other pub­li­ca­tions, and I soon re­al­ized that I had found my pas­sion. I even­tu­ally re­signed from my se­nior pro­ject man­ager po­si­tion at Google to pur­sue my dream and founded my own in­te­rior de­sign firm, Ur­ban­ism De­signs.”

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