Pick up your copy of the Atomic Ranch Summer 2019 issue and travel to Sarasota, Florida, for an immersive look at the city's stunning MCM architectural heritage. You'll tour iconic homes in this sea-side region, discover experts' secrets for mod outdoor spaces and get the inside scoop on the global influence of the famous Sarasota School of Architecture. This issue has everything you need to mod-ify your summer.
When people think about designing a home, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely the interior. Some forget that the home’s exterior is just as crucial to a midcentury modern style. It’s the first thing guests see when they visit, and it’s their first clue as to what they will encounter inside. Consider these curb appeal ideas when designing, choosing or renovating your MCM home.
It’s incredible what a coat of paint can do to transform the exterior of a home. Common outdoor wall colors include dark gray and bright white with bright color accents. The most popular and simple places to add a color accent on a mid-mod home are the front door and plant pots, while a unique place to add color is the garage. Vibrant orange, blue, red and turquoise are often seen to add a retro vibe to the exterior.
If you want the mid-mod look, you will need some plants to add texture and life to your setting—but not just any plants. There are certain plant groups that fit well with the modern aesthetic: succulents, cacti, ornamental grasses, Yucca and New Zealand Flax are all great options. Make sure that whatever plants you choose can thrive in your climate and chosen landscape. Planting in a linear fashion to line a walkway or wall are is a prevalent display.
MCM style encourages the mixing of different materials to make up the structure of the house. Some houses include concrete, wood, glass, brick, stone or a combination. For example, glass can form a window or entire walls, depending on your preference. When integrating multiple materials, be sure to create straight lines and geometric patterns for an MCM look.
Like the structural materials, mid mod style gets funky with its linear landscape designs. A patch of grass will dominate the yard, while a dirt pathway displays some plant-life, and another set of plants will be lined with rocks or sand for a half desert look. Some suggested landscape materials include rocks, dirt, sand, grass, concrete and gravel. These are perfect for your plant life as well as your aesthetic outlook.
One of the most iconic and recognizable features of a midcentury home is the roof. While other roofs are tall with multiple layers and slopes, the MCM roof is almost always flat. Some other designs include a low-slung roof, where two panels will form an obtuse triangle with the house, and a butterfly roof, which is an inverted low-slung design. Of course, other designs can get more complicated and flashy, but most of them have harsh lines and remain geometric in shape.