Houzz.com’s Annie Thornton recently took a look at 4 beautifully restored midcentury modern homes in Palm Springs. Some of the highlights:

HOUSE NUMBER 1 - THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY

POOL BEFORE: The pool in this somewhat dilapidated 1958 property was in decent shape, but needed a few upgrades and some landscaping.

AND POOL AFTER: The home was renovated by Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes, co-owners of H3K Design, with the goal of creating the sense that this home was an ultimate Palm Springs getaway. They added a hot tub, waterfall feature, new sun shelf at the pool’s far end, artificial turf and a flush fire pit to the pool area.

LIVING ROOM BEFORE: The living room had black padded, tufted vinyl wallcovering.

AND LIVING ROOM AFTER: The designers added tile and new dual dual-pane, low-emissivity windows overlooking the pool. The designers also repainted the original tongue-and-groove ceiling and installed hidden track lights.

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HOUSE NUMBER 2. -  THE RARE GEM

FRONT EXTERIOR BEFORE: To revive a rare 1963 William Krisel custom-designed home that had fallen into disrepair, heavy, overgrown landscape needed to be removed.

AND FRONT EXTERIOR AFTER: Sean Lockyer, principal of Studio AR+D Architects, removed low garden walls, overgrown shrubs and some existing lawn, replacing them with decomposed granite, palm trees and cactuses that show off the home's exterior and enhance the desert aesthetic without requiring too much water. The designer also added a new yellow front door to invite visitors down the offset walkway. 

KITCHEN BEFORE: The original kitchen was small, enclosed and dark.

AND KITCHEN AFTER: The renovated kitchen blends midcentury Claro walnut cabinetry and vintage bar stools with a 21st-century sensibility in the form of an oversize marble-top island, high-end appliances and expansive windows.

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HOUSE NUMBER 3.  – THE ARCHITECT’S DREAM HOME

FRONT EXTERIOR BEFORE: When Los Angeles architect, Duane Smith, first saw this neglected 1954 house, he knew it had potential, but first he had to deal with its dry rot, smells and newspaper-lined floors.

AND FRONT EXTERIOR AFTER: After the remodel, the square footage of the home doubled. The designer added a new cast concrete pool with a black gemstone finish and used existing boulders to give poolside guests a place to prop up against or stretch out on.

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HOUSE NUMBER 4.  – THE SOULFUL RESTORATION

FRONT EXTERIOR BEFORE: Homeowner and builder, Avian Rogers, wanted to remodel the front of this William Krisel home in the Twin Palms neighborhood to bring more natural light into the house and to remove the circular blacktop driveway.


AND FRONT EXTERIOR AFTER: The designer replaced the blacktop driveway with an entry courtyard and a burnished block wall.

To read Annie Thornton‘s original article and view many, many more photos, courtesy of Houzz.com, please visit: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/83667460/list/before-and-after-4-renovated-midcentury-gems-in-palm-springs