Our clients vision was simple: They wanted a home that looked like time stood still in the 1950’s. Our design challenge was to find modern materials and methods that looked like they belonged in the ’50s.
To improve traffic flow, the load-bearing wall between the dining room and living room was opened up to create a custom arched passthrough. In addition, an oddly placed dining room door was blocked off.
The bedrooms, hallway, and dining room had beautiful wood floors, which were refinished. Our wood floor team did an amazing job in utilizing a durable modern finish that mimics the old shellac-and-wax floors of yesteryear.
The living room received cork flooring that is a very close match to some of the original flooring, which was discovered under some old carpet in a closet. In addition, the wood fireplace was cleaned and restored. A new mosaic tile hearth transitions to the cork.
Most of the work on this project took place in the kitchen. Custom cabinets were built to perfect pair with some of the existing cabinetry. Laminate countertops with metal edge banding look like they came straight from an old diner. Our client found an old photo of a half-moon shaped flip up counter, which we were able to duplicate. The kitchen floor is genuine linoleum and features several hand-inlaid patterns. The design of the floor was from a photo that our clients took in an architecture museum in New York.
New Marvin windows and a complete paint job finished off this project. Our clients did a great job in finding furnishings that complete the retro look.