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Design Details + Mid-Century Door Headers

Posted on by Lauren Moss

When renovating historically relevant homes and sites, we often seek opportunities to celebrate original building elements that reflect the character, design intent and living history of a space.

living room // open interior

living room // open interior

Integrating these details into a new programmatic context creates continuity among the old and the new and contributes to a thoughtful and unified concept balancing function with existing form.

At this phased renovation to a 1960s single level courtyard home, progress photos convey one such feature of the original midcentury design- the exposed door header.

mid-century interior details // modern door headers

The typical interior condition, under construction at the master bath below, illustrates the modernist, minimal and honest approach to material transitions, with a simple metal jamb that extends vertically beyond the door frame to meet the ceiling, defining the rectangular plane where the drywall terminates.

master bath // construction

master bath // construction

master bath reflected

master bath reflected

Restored and lacquered to match the solid core door below, the repeated assembly establishes a spatial rhythm, subtly highlighting the patterns of recessed planes as they occur at hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

interior doors // hallway

interior doors // hallway

The effect is further underscored by the same finish treatment applied at select exposed ceiling beams.

secondary bath

secondary bath

living room

living room

secondary bedroom

secondary bedroom

The redesign of the exterior celebrates structural headers materially in a similar manner, with beams at the garage and courtyard receiving new smooth stucco to contrast the slatted wood privacy wall and adjacent glass garage door below.

courtyard interior

courtyard interior

From the approach, the new cedar awning frames the horizontal structure from above, creating an architectural and visual language that continues at the interior, establishing a cohesive, integrated and historically relevant aesthetic for this reimagined mid-century home.

exterior renovation

exterior renovation

Visit the project portfolio page to view more construction photos and renderings or take a look at previous updates for more detailed information and related links.

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