Sometimes even the most revered older homes don’t have the ability or structure to accommodate 21st century living, but that doesn’t mean their spirit and period details can’t survive extensive remodels. This Salt Lake City residence proves it. As showcased in our story Modern Times, architect Ron Godwin channeled the original home’s mid-century architect Ed Drier as he reimagined this striking dwelling in Olympus Cove. The following web-exclusive photos present more of Godwin’s bold moves and period-inspired design
In Olympus Cove, a courtyard enclosed by a wall of breeze blocks welcomes visitors to a remodeled home by architect/designer Ron Godwin and built by DFS Construction. The property’s original 1958 house by architect Ed Drier inspired Godwin as he designed the two-story entry with vertical windows and an exaggerated paneled door. Creeping Jenny grounds the space in lush green Godwin’s nod to tropical California landscapes.
Mod see-through panels perform as functional art, serving as stair railings and a floor-to-ceiling screen in the home’s entry area. Godwin designed the screen crafted by E3 Fabrication.
The light-filled entry and staircase separates the main living and dining areas. Hammerton Studio‘s Rock Crystal Starburst chandelier hangs above a custom dining table crafted by Bradshaw Design.
“I strong armed the planters to keep it bright,” says Godwin, who planted vibrant annuals to infuse the landscape with a lush, tropical feel.
The kitchen oak cabinets feature a unique ribbed profile that repeats on the living room’s custom fireplace. A bold pattern catches the eye above the range, courtesy of a large slab of polished quartz.
The home features three levels and expansive decks that offer broad views of Salt Lake Valley.
The back of the home overlooks a large pool and multiple outdoor living areas. Built-in benches create multiple spots to gather around and enjoy the pool.
Godwin teamed with European Marble & Granite to fashion a floating vanity of polished Honey onyx in the powder room. A backlit mirror fronts a wall covered with dimensional onyx tiles by Artistic Tile.
A deck shades the outdoor dining and lounge areas. A stone, two-sided fireplace warms the area and also opens to the gardens and pool area.
A raised fire feature anchors a sitting area near the pool’s edge. The home’s strong architectural forms feature a trio of massive monoliths joined by flat and sloped roofs, vertically stacked windows and large decks.
Located off the swimming pool, the lower-level family room is dressed in lively colors and easy-care performance fabrics. The wrap-around sectional lends a ’60s vibe, Godwin explains.
Clean modern lines and pattern-rich stone join in a bathroom featuring a floating vanity, linear sconces and open storage space.
Geometric-patterned wallpaper and a luxuriously upholstered headboard team on the wall behind the primary suite’s custom bed. Vintage sconce from 1stdibs.
Godwin inset the primary suite’s TV in Vega white quartz that sits above a wide firebox and floating quartz hearth below. A sloped wood-clad ceiling amplifies the interior’s mid-century style.
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