Alex Lehnen says, “The renovation took a long time because every square inch was touched on
“All the water views were previously blocked by small windows,” says Davis. “We slowly peeled
back the layers, adding fresh finishes but nothing structural.” Among the first things to go were
dark pine paneling and fluorescent tube lighting.
Now the house is clad in cedar with a standing-seam metal roof and a south face of floor-to-ceiling windows. The engagement with the horizon is articulated and amplified both outside and
in by a recurring horizontal motif. Metal deck railings, variable-width clapboards, screens, trel-lises, an interior slat wall, and the walnut boards of the kitchen island and stairwell all help anchor
the home to its site.
To celebrate the ranch’s 1960s provenance, Lehnen reimagined it as an example of midcentury Modernism, the postwar aesthetic of flat planes, large windows, changes of elevation, half
walls, and integration with nature made famous by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles
Eames, and Eero Saarinen.
“With the client’s sense of style and a design process leaving no stone unturned,” says Lehnen,
the spare midcentury Modernist
look in the dining area (facing page)
is created by Eames Ghost stacking
chairs and wooden Secto light
fixtures of Finnish birch. A load-bearing metal column became the
occasion for suspended shelving in
the kitchen (above), where Tonya
DiMillo and son Tiger, 11, pause for