These are some of the most common features that mid-century enthusiasts seek out when appreciating the architecture of homes built in the 50's and 60's.
Strong Geometric Lines
The geometric lines of the house are regular and rigorous. Flat roofs are common, though modern ranch-style houses had gable roofs.
Floor to Ceiling Windows
Sliding-glass doors and other expansive panes of glass allow light to enter rooms from multiple angles and allows you to have integration with the outdoor views.
Brick, Stone and Wood
Any of these natural elements can be implemented in the interior or exterior of the home and even cooler when they seamlessly flow from one spaces to to another.
Changes in Elevation
Small steps going up and down between rooms create different levels in spaces. A mid-century modern might have partial walls, or cabinets of varying heights, to create different depths in the space.
Post and Beam Construction
This style of construction utilizes vertical posts that hold up horizontal beams, all made of wood. It's a directness that can result in visual elegance, as the resulting structure molds space to form rhythms and patterns, while defining rooms.
Integration with Nature
There are many ways to accomplish this in a mid-century home, but the most important decision that can be made here is site location relative to the exterior elements. Once the site location has been determined, then careful attention to views and room layouts can make all the difference in the world.
Tongue and Groove Ceilings
This is a method of fitting similar objects together, edge to edge, used mainly with wood. Tongue and groove joints allow two flat pieces to be joined strongly together to make a single flat surface. One of the more common woods used is cedar and provides an aesthetic that mid-century enthusiast are immediately drawn to.
In an effort to accomplish the clean, simplistic style of design architects utilized hidden drawers, cabinets and shelving by building custom built-ins. Whether it be shelving for books, hidden storage for TV trays, or the fold out ironing board that was hidden away behind wall. There are various other features and functions to these custom built-ins but the intent was always the same.