Hey everyone, anxious to build on to my recent knowledge of mid-century and modern architecture and owning a home part of it.
Right now I'm a part time photographer, and a full time architectural consultant. I spend most of the week days working on large hospitals and training people how to use the software we develop them on.
This last week we purchased a 1948 home just north of the Coronado historic district, but still south of Thomas. (believe it or not, theres a small little area still.) Right on Edgemont, title indicates that it would be in the South Country Club Manor subdividion.
Anyway, Christy and I have been looking for the past several months, or since March when we found out that we were having a baby. The photography live work place simply wouldn't cut it much longer. After owning one of the stucco monsters, nothing less than quaint, clean, and pre 70's would do.
For me, I love the modernistic style for it's classic clean and cool look. And when I say cool, I don't mean, 1980's cool. . .I mean relaxed but sophisticated. I like that many people screw it up and often confuse it for fancy loud and cluttered. To me that's what separates the loves from the likes. Most people that I have met that simply like it have over done it and cluttered it and now it no longer looks right. It's a difficult look to maintain because it's often easy to get overly excited and add too much. So to me, my favorite part is when something can be so simple and still very exciting.
Back to my place. The home was recently remodeled. Luckily, the previous owner was a bit older herself, and so she keeps all the corner arched openings, the coved and coffered ceilings, and all the little accents of milk delivery boxes, front door side box windows and mail slots. Once we get moved in I will be sure to upload some photos.
The yard and guest house need a bit of attention, but nothing that a new mom and dad shouldn't be able to take care of in good time. The neighborhood is acceptable, it doesn't have the lush greenery that some of the other areas have, but in general, most of the homes have well cared for yards. Most of the time if feels more like grandmas old neighborhood, and less like a vintage family neighborhood. . . .if that makes sense.
I found the forum trying to find out who the builder/architect was of the homes in that particular area. And thats still the quest that I'm on. I know that it wont be any of the big names, and will probably be pretty tough to track down, but never the less I thought I would give it a shot.
Hope to hear some fantastic stories, and I will be sure to update my information as we get into the house and make significant changes. All the while learning from some of the best so as not to make a step that "might over do it"