American firm In Situ Studio has overhauled a mid-century modern day dwelling in Raleigh, North Carolina, that had been “haphazardly chopped up” more than the years.

The Ocotea Residence is situated within a suburban neighbourhood dotted with mature trees. The brick, ranch-style house was constructed in 1959 and had been significantly altered over the years.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury contemporary home in North Carolina

“What was originally a clean image of midcentury residential architecture had fallen into disarray,” stated In Situ Studio, a neighborhood firm established in 2010.

“The basement had been haphazardly chopped up to accommodate extra bedrooms, the main floor and public spaces had been reconfigured in an odd way, and a really poorly constructed sunroom had been added to the appropriate side.”

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern day home in North Carolina

The architects set out to remove the modifications and uncover the home’s original character. In addition to new finishes inside and out, the firm added and removed components and restructured interior spaces.

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“The house now sits comfortably in its midcentury neighbourhood, a stark alternative to the technique of buy, bulldoze, develop-out that currently plagues Raleigh’s very first-ring suburbs,” stated the studio, which previously made a cabin in a North Carolina forest.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern day house in North Carolina

On the east side of the house, the group did away with the sunroom and replaced it with a covered carport that extends the line of the roof. A new elevated deck was added to the street-facing elevation, which introduces “a floating, thin aesthetic to the formerly heavy front facade”.

Red brick was painted blue, and soffits had been painted white. Trim and mullions had been painted black, which lends a crisp look to the exterior.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern day house in North Carolina

“We deemed a range of colour palettes, from light to dark,” the architects told Dezeen. “In the finish, we felt the darker colour created the house really feel much more trim and worked nicely with the palette of the surrounding internet site, like a number of huge white oak trees and a stunning cedar tree at the front of the home.”

The group did get rid of choose hedges and trees that had been overgrown or needed to be cleared to make way for a new, buried power line. “In the front, we kept a planted region of trees, but limbed them up to allow screened views of the residence from the street,” In Situ mentioned. The rear yard was also cleaned up, with plants like gardenias and white oaks left in place.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern property in North Carolina

Inside, a wall in between the living space and kitchen was removed, resulting in an open region punctuated with a huge brick fireplace. The ceiling, including its exposed beams, was painted white, giving the space a light and airy really feel. In the kitchen, the group replaced dated decor with contemporary walnut cabinetry.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury contemporary home in North Carolina

The cramped master suite, located on the ground floor, was overhauled. The group raised the ceiling and enlarged closets.

It also redesigned the bathroom, adding a shower with frosted glass walls that are visible in the bedroom.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern day residence in North Carolina

“Even though it is only marginally bigger than the tiny original bathroom, the primary function is what we get in touch with a lantern shower,” the studio said.

“This shower is about half the square footage of the bathroom, is surrounded by frosted glass on the two sides that face the bedroom, and has a big skylight in the ceiling. This fills the whole master suite with light.”

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury modern day house in North Carolina

In the basement, the architects designed a new bedroom and loved ones room. The reduce level also includes a garage, laundry area, bathroom and storage location.

The old stairs leading to the basement had been removed and replaced with a more open scheme.

American firm In Situ Studio revives midcentury contemporary residence in North CarolinaThe brick, ranch-style property was constructed in 1959 and had been considerably altered more than the years

“The original stairs ran in the other direction, dead-ending at a dark landing in the corner of the basement with a door,” mentioned In Situ. “We flipped the stair to open it to the major space of the basement and left it open (no door).”

The group also added a skylight more than the stair, enabling more organic light to enter the below-grade space.

Photography is by Keith Isaacs.

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