This pretty-as-a-picture home was designed in the midcentury modern style with beautiful attention to detail inside and out. It sits on 15 acres of land in Boulder, Colorado with a comfortable four bedrooms and six bathrooms.
To connect the rooms visually and literally to the backyard, the back walls are almost entirely glass. Doors can open—or in some cases slide back—to join the indoors with screened porches, patios and the pool and hot tub.
Midcentury Ranch Home Atop Grassy Hill With Stone Slabs
This midcentury ranch home sits on top of a hill, thus minimizing the view of structural roof items that would normally be visible. A large expanse of grass is broken up by large stones as well as a walkway made from large stone slabs.
The home’s curb appeal was updated by installing a new entry door and sidelights; new windows, including an enlarged opening for the second-floor living room; new fiber cement siding for the upper level; and a new garage door. The designers focused on increasing transparency and accentuating the horizontal character of the simple form.
If you keep the exterior, trim and accent colors on your home light and neutral, you can put any color you desire on the front door. A deep wood tone works great here. This is a smart exterior color palette for a home in a warm climate, because light home colors don't absorb as much heat as darker colors do.
Mid-Century Modern Garden, Water Feature and Entryway
An elegant water feature with a period sculpture lit at dusk provides dramatic visual interest and acts as an audible screen to street sounds. The award-winning design by DWY Landscape Architects of the property in Sarasota, Fla., harnessed the strong planar forms of its mid-century modern architecture to create equally bold exterior spaces.
Sleek Blue and White Modern Exterior With Potted Plants
Installing a deck fills the large gap between this house and the curb, and having a few potted plants instead of a huge garden bed makes the yard much easier to maintain. The blue-gray house color and bold orange door also help get the house noticed.
Midcentury Modern Home in Rancho Mirage, California
The Swan home, in Rancho Mirage, California, was built in the 1960s and has been reimagined for the twenty-first century. Glass walls around the home provide a three hundred and sixty degree view of the valley below and the mountain range above.
In the backyard of this midcentury modern home, planter boxes line the windows and the landscaping is kept simple, yet elegant. Limestone decking leads the way to the narrow, elongated pool complete with lounge chairs and a spa for relaxing and enjoying the view.