Atomic Ranch

Atomic Ranch Winter 2019


Glean from homeowners, designers, builders and architects as they share their expert insight on the style. Their stories of house hunting and renovation are sure to inspire.

United States
Engaged Media


a modern winner

WHEN YOU’VE DONE IT RIGHT, HOME FEELS LIKE A GETAWAY. For many of us who dream—nay, covet—a midcentury gem of our own and work hard to find ourselves calling one home, it sure feels like winning. After the summer vacations are over, or I come back home from a night out on the town, coming home always feels like the bigger coup. Don’t get me wrong, my little rancher is far from perfect, and the work we’ve done to spruce it up and bring it back has been hard fought. But no matter, I still feel like the luckiest gal in the world. The homes we tour in this issue are all about homeowners—and midcentury houses—that are winning. They are folks who’ve managed to settle into their own special gems, worked hard…

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we wish you a modern christmas

The holiday season often engenders beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. But how do you pay homage to those sparkling times as an adult? When Matthew Bliss’ grandfather passed away after battling Alzheimer’s, Matt wanted to commemorate all the Christmas Eve memories they had created together. His grandfather, Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, spent years working in aerospace and construction, but his hobby was creating modern Christmas trees. Bud decorated his family’s modern structure with a different ornament theme each year. “My brothers and I would put our heads underneath the tree and look up, and my grandfather would slowly rotate the tree,” remembers Matt. “It looked like the most amazing kaleidoscope you’ve ever seen. I take great pride in knowing that I’m offering that unique experience to families all over the world.” In…


When this home was built in the early 1960s, the original homeowners decreed that no trees be removed from the property during construction. Architect Joseph Esherick complied and created a three-story wood, steel, concrete and glass modern marvel that, nearly six decades after its construction, remains nestled in trees. SWEEPING VIEWS Located high above Oakland, California, much of the hill-set home offers its current homeowners views across the city to the San Francisco Bay and its iconic bridges, in addition to trees in all directions, thanks to the multiple layers, shapes and sizes of windows. A recent renovation added the kitchen to the list of rooms providing sweeping views of the hills behind and the bay beyond. The kitchen is located on the upper level of the home (the level the homeowners and…