Architecture + Design

MCM Remodel | Icon in the Making

3/3/2016 | Mark Seely
Nico Marquez

When Karl Sowa and I first met, he was interviewing realtors (ahem, we were the first…and there he stopped). He and his partner, Tom Rieber, had moved here from Denver, and we ended up sitting side-by-side in my office, geeking out on design, life, dirty jokes, love, hate, and everything in between. These two are just brilliant. All class all the time. Once we got the f-bombs out of the way, we knew we were destined to be friends. Finding the pair some new digs in their new city was truly a perfect mixture of right place, right time.

Music to our COLLECTIVE ears.

The home is more "Case Study Modern L.A." than "Foothill SLC." Designed and built in 1959 by architect Joseph H. Young (great grandson of Brigham) just a few years after he graduated from the U of U Architecture Program, it's snuggled into the hillside overlooking our city.  The original owners took great care in preserving the details that make the space so fantastic, and Karl and Tom plan to update it "to modern standards with a deep appreciation for the architectural heritage." Music to our COLLECTIVE ears.

we have a feeling this one's going to be a local, modern icon

Tom and Karl are no strangers to the work of a good renovation, having recently completed a delicious revamp of a 1961 A-frame cabin in the Colorado mountains. For the project below they've enlisted the help of remodel architect/designer David Papanikolas of Alta Constructors, which just so happens to specialize in mid-century modern remodels. Full disclosure, we're thanking the architecture gods Karl and Tom are at the helm to give this remodel the care, precision, and educated eye for detail and style that the structure deserves. A handful of the amazing "before" photos (by Nicolas Marques of Photekt) are below for your ogling pleasure. We suggest you keep a close eye on this project as it gets polished and shined…we have a feeling this one's going to be a local, modern icon.

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