Retro California Ranch Home Re-Envisioned for Modern Living

Luckily fashion trends, like high-waisted bellbottoms and barely-there hot pants, are pretty easy to slough off. 70’s inspired interior décor, well, not so much. It takes a client with a vision—and a collaborative team—to see a retro California Ranch Home re-envisioned for modern living.

De rigueur of 70’s-era décor, dropped ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, and dark interiors time stamped this pristine California Ranch style home located in Alamo. Yet lead designer Quinn Morgan saw past the wallpapered ceilings and shag covered floors of an otherwise immaculately maintained abode—with terrific bones. Her assessment: Reconnect the house to the outside, and bring in the flow and light for an active family.

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Our client grew up in this house, and was excited to revamp his childhood home into a modern-day masterpiece for the next family to inhabit. With impeccable taste—and enthusiasm to match his aesthetics—the project had fantastic synergy from the onset.

Once again, the transformation process began with our trusted partners at McCutcheon Construction. Their professionalism, craftsmanship, and collaborative style always ensure our clients realize the optimal outcome—built with the highest integrity.

Physical barriers were removed—like banisters and railings—between the great room, dining room and kitchen area. Strategically relocated patio doors and sidelights now centered on the front entrance, creating an immediate connection to the gardens beyond — a drastic improvement for the entire property. Suzanne Arca of Suzanne Arca Design thoughtfully relocated the original homeowner’s beloved roses to create a fragrant and colorful memory garden outside one of the bedrooms.

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Our client also realized the appeal of indoor/outdoor living, going further than most to resell the house by installing two sets of folding Nano doors off the family and breakfast rooms. Now, all the main living spaces were integrated, improving circulation through the house while optimizing possibilities for future furniture layout. And, even though Austin Powers wouldn’t approve, we converted an outdated and underutilized mini bar into a closet to provide more useful space for an active family.

Nano doors bring the outside, in.

Nano doors bring the outside, in

Throughout the entire house, windows and skylights were replaced with modern Pella glazing, giving the home a gorgeous light quality—and energy efficiency. Nowhere was this more evident than in the home’s bathrooms.

The master bathroom featured a sunken tub in a moat of chipped mulch, under yellowed skylights, with a separate small room for the shower. Our vision repositioned all bathing areas under clear skylights to capture the feel of outdoor bathing beneath sky and trees. Our client fell in love with the stone, Coffee Wood veined marble—and so did we—sourced from Integrated Resources Group and beautifully fabricated and installed by Fox Marble. 

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The kitchen also underwent a drastic do-over. We ditched the drop ceiling, covered in metallic wallpaper, added recessed and cove lighting, peninsula seating, and finished with top-of-the-line modern appliances. White Prince quartzite counter tops and window sills considerably brightened the “heart of the home.”

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Finally, given the home’s emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, we softened the hardscape of a multi-tiered concrete patio with painted cedar decking, adding much needed livable square footage for entertaining and relaxing next to an upgraded pool and jacuzzi.

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Currently on the market, this home would make a wonderful shelter for an active family who love to entertain and take advantage of our year round perfect weather. Find it here, and tell them LMBI sent you.

Photography by: Robert Vente Photography

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