Open House Obsession: Kensington Mid-Century Modern Gets a New Look From Bee Renovated, $1.198MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 50 Arlington Avenue, Kensington
When: Sunday, September 22 from 2:00PM to 4:30PM
What: A c.1948 house probably designed by Kensington architect/developer Miller White– who did a number of spec houses in the neighborhood and also lived across the street– in a style that hits somewhere between a California ranch house and the early houses of William Wurster. Late this past summer, Bee Renovated’s designer Sean Gaston directed a no-surface-left-untouched renovation executed by contractor Jim Jewell, and we’re loving the result. The 4-bed, 3-bath house came on the market this week,asking $1.198M. Below, there’s a sheltered patio at the front entrance:
The stacked stone fireplace is a Miller White trademark; the tongue-and-groove planked ceiling and overscaled sash windows are straight from the William Wurster playbook:
Completely remodeled, the skylit kitchen opens to a deck:
What We Like: Attention to detail and finishes, plus Sean Gaston’s sense of scale, like the oversize tiles that cover the wall behind the stove insted of just more wall-hung cabinets– creating both a visually more open area to cook in and a better view from the dining room.
Above, the rear yard also serves as a driveway, but Gaston had the asphalt and concrete pulled up and replaced with an overscaled concrete slab grid and new lawn. The fourth bedroom and the family/media room flank the garage.
Upside: The downstairs bedroom is perfect for a nanny/au pair, and theoretically the ground floor could become an ideal in-law unit.
More: Check out the listing for more images, and have a comprehensive look at Sean Gaston’s work, and Bee Renovated’s portfolio.