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