Mid-century modern home in California gets rejuvenated with natural light


Klopf Architecture was responsible for the complete renovation of this mid-century modern home, located in Lafayette, California. The homeowner’s are a family of four with young children who wished to update their recently purchased home to meet their lifestyle needs. “It was essential to maintain the mid-century modern style throughout the project but most importantly, they wanted more natural light brought into the dark kitchen and cramped bathrooms while creating a smoother connection between the kitchen, dining and family room,” states the architects. Overall, the home encompasses 2,743 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Project Team: Architects: Klopf Architecture — John Klopf and Angela Todorova / Contractor: Don Larwood / Structural Engineer: Sezen & Moon Structural Engineering, Inc.


The kitchen was expanded into the dining area, using part of the original kitchen area as a butler’s pantry. With the main kitchen brought out into an open space with new larger windows and two skylights the space became light, open, and airy. Custom cabinetry from Henrybuilt throughout the kitchen and butler’s pantry brought functionality to the space. Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and widening the opening from the dining room to the living room created a more open and natural flow between the spaces. 


What We Love: This mid-century modern home renovation offers luminous and airy interiors. Living spaces are more unified courtesy of repeating material elements through the home. Opening up spaces helps to improve site lines and provide the family with simple transitions and a seamless connection between living zones… Readers, what is your favorite part of this redesigned mid-century home?

Note: Have a look at a couple of our most popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Klopf Architecture: Fascinating Eichler atrium home remodel in the heart of Silicon Valley and Indoor/outdoor connectivity defining mid-century modern Los Altos home.


New redwood siding was installed in the entry foyer  to match the original siding in the family room so it felt original to the house and consistent between the spaces. Oak flooring was installed throughout the house enhancing the movement between the new kitchen and adjacent areas. 


The two original bathrooms felt dark and cramped so they were expanded and also feature larger windows, modern fixtures and new Heath tile was used throughout. Custom vanities are also from Henrybuilt, bringing a unified look and feel from the kitchen into the new bathrooms. Designs included plans for a future in-law unit to accommodate the needs of an older generation. 



Photos: ©2019 Scott Maddern

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4 years ago

california MCM get rejuvinated with natural light … nice … what does the house architecture look like?