1980s Contemporary Home Undergoes Restoration and Transformation

A run-down 1980s contemporary home with unusual architectural curves and a compact layout needed a smart restoration plan. By smartly reusing materials and rethinking the use of certain spaces, Cavin and Claire Costello of The Ranch Mine returned this urban retreat to its former glory.

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Photo By: Jason & Anna Photography

Contemporary Home with Brick Fence

Brick walls shield this distinctive, mid-century modern home from the street and also offer privacy for its all-glass facade. Native plantings surround the house both inside and outside the fence.

Al Fresco Dining in Courtyard

Curves abound in this modern outdoor courtyard, which takes its cues from the home's contemporary design. At the center of the outdoor space, a sleek dining table with seating for eight offers a tranquil spot for dining in the open desert air.

Outdoor Dining Room in Desert Courtyard

Modern sculpture and native plantings surround this sleek outdoor dining space, which embraces the aesthetic of the home's contemporary architecture.

Modern Courtyard with Built-In Seating

A built-in bench takes advantage of a quiet corner in this bricked-in courtyard. A flagstone walkway and carefully planned rock gardens make the most of the native plantings and provide a low-maintenance lawn.

Before: Exterior of Rundown Home

The home's exterior and wood paneling became rundown after years of negletion. 

After: Contemporary Outdoor Living Area

Curved pathways and carefully planned art and plantings create a modern courtyard that's ideally suited to this home's unique, contemporary architecture.

Modern Home with Narrow, Zen Courtyard

This contemporary house embraces its curves and quirkiness, with a narrow courtyard that offers a spot of zen outside the home office's large picture windows. A high brick wall provides privacy.

Before: Guest House and Pool Area

Before the renovation the master suite was a guest house.

After: Master Bedroom With Pool View

A stone breezeway connects an outdoor living room and glass-walled master bedroom to this contemporary home's pool and courtyard. Colors and materials reflect the surrounding terrain.

Master Bedroom With Retractable Doors

This contemporary bedroom features a sliding glass wall that opens the room completely to the pool and courtyard beyond. The bedroom and bathroom are integrated, and the all-glass shower helps visually expand the space. A brick wall surrounds the property, providing privacy.

Urban Modern Bedroom and Bathroom

A cowhide-covered chaise longue in Le Corbusier's classic design provides a gracious focal point in this sleek, contemporary master bedroom. The bedroom and bathroom space are integrated, with an all-glass shower that folds right into the room's design.

White, Modern Bathroom with Glass Shower

A sleek, modern bathroom tucks into one side of this mid-century master bedroom retreat, with no walls to divide it from the main space. The white shower is completely enclosed by glass, visually expanding the space. A floating vanity continues the minimal, modern theme.

Home Office with Glass Wall

This light-filled office looks out onto a zen-like courtyard with soft curves and a tall brick fence for privacy. A large grouping of framed, black-and-white photos fit with the home's vintage design, while the paneled walls continue onto the home's modern exterior.

Urban Office With Gallery Wall

A full wall of black-and-white photos tie in with this home's mid-century modern design and offer a dramatic focal point in this home office space. Paneled walls are sleek, clean and in keeping with the overall aesthetic.

Before: Outdated Living Room

Before the renovation it was difficult to appreciate the high ceilings and paneled walls. 

After: Paneled, Contemporary Living Room

A central fireplace provides a focal point in this narrow living room with paneled walls and mid-century style. A corner-mounted TV allows the asymmetric fireplace and unframed art to take center stage while still offering a spot for TV watching. The low, brown sofa blends with the home's myriad straight lines.

Breezeway With Outdoor Seating Area

An outdoor living room tucks into a protected niche in the breezeway of this contemporary home. Slatted wood walls continue onto the home's exterior.

Living Room and Breezeway

This contemporary living space is nestled into a protected breezeway, and a bedroom beyond features a sliding glass wall that opens it to the home's outdoor spaces. A stone walkway connects each space to the pool and courtyard.

Modern Pool and Courtyard

The soft glow of interior lights brighten this sleek pool, which fits neatly in the courtyard of this contemporary home. A wall-size sliding door opens the master bedroom to the pool and courtyard, eliminating the divide between indoors and out.

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