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Mid century modern homes can be absolutely stunning when thoughtfully updated/renovated. Very modern updates such as lots of glass and metal doors are perfect for them. Beautiful examples in this article. Thanks.

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Rhea Hanselmann

1953 single store almost flat roof 1600 sq ft in SoCal with original metal single pane windows and many floor-to-ceiling picture windows throughout. Energy- efficient upgrades that have made a huge difference:

  1. reroofed with white TPO and 1-inch insulation with reflective barrier
  2. installed honeycomb top-down/bottom-up blinds on most windows (still working my way through the house)
  3. finished and sealed the concrete slab as flooring (cool in summer; chilly in winter but area rugs with high-quality recycled felt rug pads do the trick)
  4. cellulose insulation blown into all walls.
    The house stays cool in the summer with a single window AC and strategically placed fans; and cozy in the winter with two built-in gas wall heaters.
    Our gas/electric bills are each $20-under $100 per month depending on the season (higher electric in summer/higher gas in winter). Replacing the windows with high quality windows that maintain the aesthetic would take a lifetime to break even.
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Brooke Brooks

We have a 1962 PNW beauty and have been updating it. We added a perimeter drain to help with drainage around the slab. We insulated, there wasn't a stitch of insulation except for a thin foil-faced fiberglass between the pithed ceiling joists. We added a winter air return downstairs in the daylight basement and raised the air return off the floor upstairs to work better with the warming summers. We replaced the oil furnace with a heat pump and will be installing solar very soon to offset the MCM energy cost issue. My biggest regret is with an 84-inch slim profile sliding door we installed downstairs. I went with a slim design by Milgard thinking surely a current day popular manufacturer would be more efficient. I was disappointed to learn AT INSPECTION that the R rating wasn't at the minimum. Luckily we had deeper exterior walls and could increase the insulation rather than paint the floors. I'm hoping to add a triangle clerestory window upstairs but I'm not sure if current energy codes will get in the way. I'm going to dig deeper into thermally broken steel windows in hopes of meeting today's code. THANK YOU, Houzz for this article. The link will be top of the list for future reference.

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