Constructed in 1959, this home on Herbert Avenue was built near the height of the post-war housing boom and while the owners themselves initially described the home as an unexceptional example of the mid-century modern style, it encompasses all the qualities inherent in mid-century modern design. These include linear qualities of the front façade accented by a low-sloping roof, an open, front-facing carport that contrasts with neighboring traditional, pre-war houses, and an open floor plan on the interior.
The owner’s goal in renovating this home was to enhance the traditional qualities of the home while also carrying on the spirit of innovation and progress. A new street facing foyer and porch were created by removing one of the parking stalls in the carport.
It is often thought that all mid-century houses are inefficient, but at its completion, this home was awarded Emerald status by National Green Building Standard and with the use of solar panels is now net-zero in its energy use. This home was able to achieve a 48% better energy efficiency than the standard code-compliant home, and has 80% better efficiency than the original home. Total water use was reduced by over 67%.
As homes like this pass the fifty year age mark, it’s important to have examples such as 1025 Herbert Avenue to show how the mid-century modern era can be rehabilitated to accommodate modern and sustainable living practices while meeting preservation objectives.