Mid Mod Mix

Quin­tes­sen­tial mid­cen­tury prin­ci­ples are in­ter­preted for fresh take on mod­ern liv­ing.

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - By Sarah Reidy-fer­gu­son Pho­tog­ra­phy by Julie Tin­dall

Quin­tes­sen­tial mid­cen­tury prin­ci­ples are in­ter­preted for a fresh take on mod­ern liv­ing.

Keen on liv­ing within a quin­tes­sen­tial Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern style home,

a young cou­ple tasked ar­chi­tec­ture firm Tin­dall Ar­chi­tec­ture Work­shop, LLC with a mod­ern yet mind­ful makeover of their re­cently ac­quired pe­riod prop­erty. Lo­cated in Stone Lake, a down­town neigh­bor­hood of Greenville, South Carolina, the spilt-level struc­ture’s orig­i­nal foot­print made for a per­fect match with the home­own­ers’ needs and re­quired no ad­di­tions or ad­just­ments to square footage.


Re­vi­tal­iz­ing the build­ing’s ram­shackle con­di­tion quickly be­came the restora­tion fo­cus. “The orig­i­nal home had struc­tural fail­ures that needed to be ad­dressed,” says the ar­chi­tect, be­fore con­tin­u­ing with the long list of nec­es­sary re­pairs, in­clud­ing “cracked foun­da­tion wall and base­ment slab, the leaky roof led to dam­age of the orig­i­nal wood ceil­ing. Win­dow seals were com­pro­mised and in need of re­place­ment, wa­ter in­tru­sion into lower level walls and rooms and gen­eral set­tling that had caused in­te­rior fin­ish cracks and dam­age over time.”

Dur­ing the year­long process, the home­own­ers worked closely with the team at Tin­dall Ar­chi­tec­ture Work­shop, as well as the in­te­rior de­sign firm ID Stu­dio In­te­ri­ors, who col­lec­tively de­ter­mined to re­tain the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter that de­fined the mid­cen­tury home while adapt­ing de­sign up­dates fit for 21st cen­tury liv­ing.

“Keep the fixed el­e­ments SIM­PLE and NEU­TRAL. Let the color and ac­cen­tu­a­tion in a room come from the fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories.”


Preser­va­tion was ap­proached from the out­side, in. Ex­ist­ing ex­te­rior el­e­ments were re­stored or, if beyond re­pair, metic­u­lously matched with new ma­te­ri­als. “All the orig­i­nal ex­te­rior wood sid­ing was re­placed with new sid­ing of the same wood species and pro­file,” says the ar­chi­tect.

Step­ping in­side, a few ar­chi­tec­tural mod­i­fi­ca­tions were made, with the pur­pose of cre­at­ing a more open, fluid lay­out suited to the home­own­ers and their ac­tive fam­ily. The lower level was out­fit­ted to ac­com­mo­date a mas­ter suite, laun­dry room and home of­fice. Each of the third level’s three bed­rooms and two baths also un­der­went mod­ern up­grades.

The main floor’s open con­cept dic­tated de­sign di­rec­tion. The ar­chi­tect ex­plains, “Be­cause you ex­pe­ri­ence mul­ti­ple rooms from any space on the main level, there needed to be a con­stant thread of style, color and tex­ture through­out the home. Ma­te­ri­als are re­peated through­out the main level to help con­vey a sense of one large space tied to­gether by mul­ti­ple rooms.” Two el­e­ments that en­force these de­sign prin­ci­ples and are car­ried through­out the con­net­ing rooms are the ter­razzo-style floors, crafted from a cus­tom blend epoxy for dura­bil­ity and the re­stored tongue and grove vaulted wood ceil­ings.

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