I love many styles of homes from tudor to craftsman to cape cod to mid-century modern. I dream of the day when I will have one of these kinds of homes for my own and my family. Shoot me if I end up with a traditional home.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to see a house in the mid-century modern style (among some shopping and eating). We picked the perfect day to visit it since there was an open house. I no longer had to see this home just from the exterior (as its listing only shows). It was quite an experience.
The visit was almost a historical field trip. The realtor gave us the history of the home. It was designed by architect Harold Prinz for him and his wife. They lived there until Mr. Prinz's death. Mrs. Prinz lived there for several months after but chose to put the house on the market and live closer to her grown children.
The original home was very small... a little over 1,000 sq. ft. It is also built off of a cliff. There was a carport in the front but the laws in 1948 didn't allow for attached garages or carports so he quickly converted the carport into an entry and changed the side entry to all windows. The house also had only 2 bedrooms. When him and his wife had a boy and a girl, they extended one of the bedrooms to have two mini-rooms. When the kids grew up, one of those rooms became his office and the other room became his wife's sewing/ crafts room. When you go out into the backyard, you are hit with luxurious landscaping. Cement steps lead you down to the backyard which leads to a small creek. Very little updates/ changes have occurred since the house was built.
During our visit, the realtor gave us two articles that featured the home- one was in Better Homes and Gardens in 1952 and one was in the Dallas Morning News on May 2008. I found the article online that features the glory this house once was.
The pictures above are hugely different than the pictures I took while there. You can see some amazing details, the design is great, and you can't help but be blown away by its story. Unfortunately, as beautiful as this house once was, it doesn't look quite the same. There is so much work to be done to this home. There is definite foundation issues (whatever holds the house on top of the cliff needs to be replaced), needs updates in the kitchen and bathrooms, windows need to be replaced, needs new ceilings (much of the house has the type of ceilings you see in your college classrooms), electrical rewiring, new central air conditioning, etc. Here is what we saw:
If I had the money and time, I would want to buy this house and make it what it once was. I can't even imagine how much it would be to restore it. With its awkward design flaws, it would be a challenge to make those spaces more livable. And with a small kitchen, how could I continue with one person's attempt to cook? I still want this house. It would suck if someone tore it down and built something ugly. What is its destiny?