Flickr Finds: Midwest Modern Landscaping

Flickr Finds: Midwest Modern Landscaping

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 22, 2008

Dan Semar and his wife Tiffany, purchased this Mid Century Modern home in 2007. It was built in 1964 by Burton Duenke who is known as the person that brought the "Califonia Ranch" to St. Louis. Wanting to retain the mid-century feel, they have worked many long hours to rework and landscape the front of their residence. See the results after the jump...

3 hours with the jackhammer and they had removed the indecision of the old homeowners. They had originally used concrete , pavers, asphalt AND brick.

To help keep the rock that was going to be laid down in check they used treated 2x8s. Joining them on the corners using L-brackets kept things secure.

Dan gives Tiffany the credit when it comes to their creative use of Air Conditioner pads. They ended up finding them for $14 a piece. This saved the couple a good chunk of change. Otherwise, they would have needed to build and fill their own forms at an additional cost.

Their Honda Element was put to the test as it carried home 3 tons of rock to lay down in their new frame.

A low wall was constructed across the front of the house to give it an added dimension, as well as a great place for house numbers. Details like doorknobs and lighting weren't forgotten as they searched for just the right piece.

The work they have completed makes this house a real treat to come home to at the end of the day.

The couple has done a great job of documenting their work along the way. You can see their Flickr set containing the rest of their hard work over here. Likewise, you can also view the slideshow to get a closer look! Did we mention their house sits on top of a 100' bluff overlooking an 800 acre nature preserve? Check it out for yourself.

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