Adding Modern Flair To A Traditional Home

Traditional homes are rich in history, detail, and charm. Due to their long lifespans, renovations are a part of ownership from time to time. Beth in Halifax updated the exterior of her 1940's-era residence with new paint, a new front door, and new house numbers in our SoCal font. 

Before & After 

Beth strikes a wonderful balance between modern and traditional in just a few moves. The new dark gray paint adds a contemporary touch, while the white trim reflects traditional style. The element above the front door was reimagined when the new door was installed, and is the perfect location for her new 8" SoCal numbers.

Our SoCal font is a great choice here, with roots in traditional arts and crafts and a just enough modern flair.

The brushed aluminum finish coordinates with her new door hardware. The 8" size provides greater visibility, works well with the proportions of the frieze, and is more modern than the original house numbers.

12" SoCal Numbers, Brushed Aluminum finish, installed on a two-story traditional home, from Modern House Numbers

8" SoCal Numbers, Brushed Aluminum Finish

We really like these moves, and applaud Beth for her choices and on the final outcome! This exterior reflects Beth's personal style while still honoring the original architecture.

If you're thinking about an exterior refresh for your traditional home, consider these ideas:

  • New paint in a modern color scheme
  • Paint your trim in a contrasting color for a more traditional look
  • Update your front door and door hardware
  • Add a set of address numbers in your favorite font
  • Don't be afraid to consider modern details
  • Add new planting beds, welcoming planters or elements with seasonal color
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rick mclain, author

Rick is a licensed architect at Repp McLain Design & Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy, Jack, Avery & Taylor and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck. Learn more about Rick on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Rick on the Repp McLain Website, on LinkedIn, at the AIA Website, or on Facebook.

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