While traditional 1950′s architecture and design may have lacked a certain comfort, Bobby Costa and Daniel Germani found a way to incorporate this modern day requirement into their 1953 ranch style home – all while staying true to the retro vibe. They moved into Phoenix’s Marlen Grove neighborhood some two years ago and were taken by a home originally designed by Ralph Haver. Convinced it was exactly what they had been looking for, they placed an offer before even looking inside.
What followed was a series of remodels that enhanced the home’s original character: the concrete walls were sandblasted; the kitchen received a facelift with a bigger island, a new backsplash and book shelves; the ceilings were repainted; cabinets were added by Germani himself in between the bedroom and home office; and the home’s sliding doors were replaced with pivot doors that joined the inside with the outside. Using the decorative pieces already in their collection, they carefully picked the ones that best fit for the theme and overall feel of the house.
With the remodel complete and their home looking fantastically hip and warmly inviting, both Germani and Costa felt inclined to share their secrets with those looking for ways to revamp their own homes. In order to stay away from sterile looking rooms, they suggest adding texture and patterns to different surfaces and keeping some personal items out in plain view. They say this makes your house appear more like a home.
They also place great emphasis on using both artificial light and natural light to liven up any space. Even better? Combine the indoors with the outdoors by making your yard and patio space as inviting as inside your home. With a home remodel as amazing as this one, the couple might just know what they’re talking about.