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Mid-century modern ranch house renovation

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Midvale Courtyard House is a renovation and addition of a 1960s mid-century modern ranch house situated in Madison, Wisconsin, designed by Bruns Architecture. The scope of the project was to balance the introverted nature of a courtyard with the bold personality of an extrovert all while managing matters of privacy. This renovation builds on its solid mid-century roots.  The renovation includes the addition of a proper entry, elevated master suite, and covered parking, but also pierces and stretches the solid forms to create connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. The interior design of the home was carried out by design firm MANI & Company.

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The two-story home welcomes you inside with warm materials cladding the exterior facade entryway of cedar plank siding.

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The entrance features a beautiful staircase to the side of the doorway with treads comprised of reclaimed wood from a sheep barn.

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A cozy and somewhat sheltered outdoor courtyard offers views to the second story master bedroom en-suite, which is accessible via a spiral staircase that takes you to a rooftop deck and a catwalk.

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An enclosed courtyard space features a towering custom designed wood-burning fireplace. The patio flooring is comprised of concrete.

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A modern designed floor-to-ceiling fireplace wall in the living room is comprised of split faced slate, creating a beautiful focal point to the space. The dining room buffet cabinets to the left of the fireplace are custom built-ins, while to the right, display shelves have been mounted underneath the television.

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The living room, dining room and kitchen are in an open layout, offering a seamless flow from one space to the next, perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen countertops features granite with a leather finish, subway tile backsplash and a mix of flooring materials including italian slate and hardwood, which is also repeated on the ceiling.

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The kitchen offers a view of the enclosed exterior courtyard.

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From the entryway, the staircase leads up to the sumptuous master bedroom en-suite. The railing features steel cables and as you ascend you notice the beautiful exposed beams on the ceiling, drawing you upwards.

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The master bedroom has expansive views outside through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering views of mature growth trees and the courtyard below. On the ceiling above, custom designed trusses are comprised of wood and steel.

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The image above of the master suite shows a skylight in the ceiling above the sink in the master bathroom (behind the wall), illuminating the space with natural light.

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The en-suit master bathroom offers a luxurious freestanding bathtub, creating a spa-like feel. The floor and ceiling surrounding the tub is clad in Cumaru wood, adding warmth to the space. A glass enclosed shower keeps the bathroom space feeling open, while a poured concrete vanity offers dual sinks to his and hers.

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A wraparound deck off the master bedroom suite offers a private oasis with lounging chairs and a gas fireplace.

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Photos: Tricia Shay

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  • zarrah tracey

    It’s a huge house to maintain, yet they’re able to established great innovation on it. One thing’s for sure, it’s valuable for a modern ranch house. This is the type of house I’m looking forward to buy from CIR realty.