Midcentury Home Remodel

Architect Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz transforms the exterior of a midcentury modern home with sustainable landscaping and energy-saving features.

Before: Outdated Exterior

The homeowners wanted to update the exterior of their mid-century modern home, while also pursuing all feasible energy savings to achieve the highest possible LEED rating.

After: Stunning Modern Exterior

Architect Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz Architects takes the home's exterior from ho-hum to wow, while preserving the mid-century style of the architecture. Photography by Robert Canfield Photography

Energy-Saving Features

To update the exterior, dual-glazed windows and cementitious siding are installed, and the walls and roofs are newly insulated. Along with the addition of a 3.4-kilowatt photovoltaic system, Carver + Schicketanz Architects achieve the first LEED platinum project in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Sustainable Landscaping

A bold red door contrasts against the sleek white home's exterior. Concrete pathways add to the contemporary feel and lead guests to the front door, while concrete pavers are used throughout the landscape to allow water to seep into the ground, which helps to avoid runoff.