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Another important factor is how many times the home has been remodeled in the past.The more “weekend warrior remodels” it’s had over the years, the more it typically costs to remodel –there’s just more to undo.Given that there are effective methods to updating MCM homes and a great deal of knowledge to share on the topic, we thought it would make for a good post.So we’ve organized our process into all the various stages of updating a Mid-Century Modern Home.We’ve developed a series of strategies for bringing the home up to, or near, current insulation values as well as installing a proper vapor barrier while maintaining the crisp MCM lines.The original floor plans are usually simple and straight-forward making it effective to move or lose walls depending on the new program.

In many cases the exterior look is attractive to the point of preserving.This includes documenting the existing home, gathering the appropriate information, designing the remodel, submitting and obtaining the building permit and all the other necessary details like initial pricing and scheduling.We determine our design fee and deliver a proposal to the homeowner(s).A few strategies are to improve the amount of natural daylight entering the home, preserve/ enhance existing textures and re-skin the house in an MCM complimentary material like a stained T&G clear cedar siding.We also routinely look for ways to enhance the indoor/ outdoor relationship as well- that is, incorporating large sliding door systems to better connect, and “borrow”, exterior terraces/ garden areas to make the MCM interior feel more spacious (without needing to add expensive, and often, unneeded, interior space). There are many benefits of MCM homes (pre-existing attributes that are value-adds and improve overall quality) and a few detriments too (such as those listed above), but the most important thing is that, for the most part, these items are predictable.

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