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This modest mid-century ranch needed a complete overhaul. Almost everything in this 1955 home needed to be addressed to bring it up to code. The design team needed to see beyond the current walls and floor plan to reimagine the spaces. 

The challenge was to modernize, open and rework the living spaces and create a primary retreat, which was to include a large bath, with a special area for daily baths, an expansive closet and a laundry room. A space for the couples’ two large dogs was a must, as well.

Ceilings were raised, and a hidden staircase to the attic was removed. They widened halls and reconfigured baths and walkways to create a one-of-a-kind floor plan. To make the living spaces feel bigger, they bleached the red oak flooring to its natural color, walls were painted soft white, and new, larger windows were added. The primary suite features a pass-through wet bar on the way to a large primary bath where the homeowners can soak in the freestanding tub overlooking the rose garden. 

The team created an “open library” for the couple’s extensive collectibles and books at the home’s entrance by the fireplace. Clad in warm tones, the fireplace mirrors the walnut custom front door that is juxtaposed nicely against the bleached oak floor. They selected velvets and linens to offer a level of sophistication to the antiques and collections. Modern and traditional pieces were mixed to balance the homeowners’ styles as well as the feel of the home. 


Koehler Building Company


Stephanie Stroud Interiors

Photos by

Laurie Kilgore


Cabinets: Currey and Company  Showrooms: Madden McFarland, KDR  Hardware: Emtek Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler  Lighting Fixtures: Visual Comfort  Paint: Sherwin Williams

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