Atomic Ranch

Atomic Ranch Renovation Guide 2020


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.

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Engaged Media


work in progress

It’s been 3 years since I moved into my midcentury ranch, and I’ve averaged a remodeling project every year since. First was the kitchen, then the front yard landscaping. And I’m officially 5 months behind schedule on this year’s goal: the master bedroom and master bath expansion. Two good reasons: the world experienced a pandemic which, by the time you’re reading this, I can only pray has begun to subside and the lives and livelihoods of those most impacted have begun to recover too. And speaking of lives, I’m brewing one in my belly at the moment and she’s kind of got me on her timetable instead of mine. Yep, I’ll be bumping up a nursery project in front of that bed/bath remodel instead. And while it’s easy for anyone to…

keep tabs on us

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renovation refresh

MODERN STAPLES 1. Space Grey star 7 ceiling fan 52", $415. (917) 868-0382 or starfans.co. 2. Impulse chandelier, $1,599. (866) 842-6209 or ylighting.com. 3. Pendant shade 1865, $100–$145. (651) 600-3470 or modilumi.com. 4. Ocala single-hole kitchen faucet with pull-down spring spout, starting at $329. (800) 682-6826 or signaturehardware.com. 5. Futura Collection 2 ½" Bubble Hex tile; for pricing, (503) 928-3076 or clayhaustile.com. 6. 3" x 9" dimensional wall tile; for pricing, (718) 541-1160 or mod-craft.com. MATERIAL LOOK BOOK Hues for Your Home 1. Baby Aqua paint; for pricing, visit behr.com. 2. Lovebirds paint; for pricing, visit behr.com. Retro Flair A. Endora laminate; for pricing and availability, visit wilsonart.com. B. Grey Cracked Ice laminate; for pricing and availability, visit wilsonart.com. Outside the Box Play with colors, shapes, prints and layout for a fun twist on traditional tile. 1. Regular hexagon flower pattern tile sheets, $95 per square…

flooring 101

FLOORING IS A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP where you commit not only to a look, but to a lifestyle. Do you want the natural feel of hardwood, or the sustainability of Marmoleum? If the thought of picking the right option gives you cold feet, we have the perfect solution for that, too. Picking a new floor requires plenty of research and seeking a professional is always recommended, but these facts on five common midcentury flooring options will help get you started! Terrazzo Terrazzo is a composite flooring that originated in Italy. It binds stonework scraps together, borrowing the beauty of finer stone while allowing for creative freedom. You choose a mix of aggregate, such as marble, mother of pearl, glass, shell or even porcelain to create a dramatically new look. • Ideal for: Heavy traffic…

desert eichler

AN EICHLER IN THE DESERT? Though Joseph Eichler never built his tract homes in Palm Springs during the midcentury, KUD Properties has recently acquired a license and is the exclusive builder of these “Desert Eichler” homes in the greater Palm Springs area. Troy Kudlac, founder and broker of KUD Properties and KUD development, shares his inspiration for the new-build homes: “On the quest for furthering our architectural knowledge, we ventured to Los Angeles and Orange County; we came across the Fairhaven tract of Eichlers. I was in awe and in love with the neighborhoods and their space age, Jetsons-like feel.” From there, KUD eventually worked out the licensing details and now offers five different Eichler home models, with plans to expand their available options. There are currently seven Desert Eichlers located…

eco-friendly updates

• R-38 roof: High insulation thickness means increased efficiency for heating and cooling. • Highly efficient Fujitsu mini split system: High SEER rating helps with heating and cooling. • Tankless water heater: Uses less energy and allows for constant supply of hot water. • Rigid foam insulation: Reduces energy use and improves heating and cooling efficiency. • Solar: A cost-saving option that utilizes the bright desert sunshine. • Thermally broken high-efficiency windows: Increased efficiency for heating and cooling.…