Photos: Check Out This Retro-Cool 1970s Home Reno
A 40-year-old house gets a funky fresh renovation.
March 23, 2017
Hey, the 1970s weren’t all bad. That’s the spirited approach this father and his three kids took with a 40-year-old house on the outskirts of Vancouver. Though nothing inside the house had changed since disco music topped the charts, everything had been superbly maintained. All it needed was a little refresher.
Interior designer Sarah Gallop stepped in to update the home’s function by opening the compartmentalized rooms, but she maintained the hustle-dance vibe by preserving the original fireplace and wood paneling in the living room. “We wanted to keep the home in that era, because the client is a little funky,” Gallop says.
At a Glance
Who lives here: A father in the media business and his three kids, ages 10 to 13
General contractor: Best Builders
Size: 2,120 square-feet; 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
The front door originally led downstairs and into the kitchen, which was closed off with three walls and a flat, dropped ceiling. “I walked in and immediately thought, ‘This is not the right spot for this room,’” Gallop says.
Lots of wood mixes with pops of lime green and retro furniture to create the throwback aesthetic. “We wanted it to feel natural, comfortable and inviting with that mid-century vibe,” the designer says. “The materials and things we used are what we would expect with that era of house.”
To add contrast to all the wood, she incorporated white framework on the storage and display pieces.
Gallop allocated space from the former ground-floor den, guest room and bathroom to create the bright and airy new master suite.