The Ron Molen Revival
List Price: Sold | November 2012
Agent: Cody Derrick
We’d like to COLLECTIVELY introduce the next-door neighbor you never knew. Over 2,000 sq. ft. of Ron-Molen design [and Wally build] in a lovely ‘hood with sensational views. Glass cracked, carpet soured, and yard unruly, this home was hiding timidly behind a tangle of junipers and pines in Olympus Cove for years. Still, the incredible minds behind the timeless design and quality construction made this project well worth taking on. So we did.
In order to give the project the attention it required, Cody and I needed to gather a veritable A-Team of SLC artisans and contractors. That said, it takes a small miracle to find the folks that are reliable, talented, and savvy enough to do what we wanted to do. Praise be to the God of Modern Homes, we found them. And it was good.
Pete Ross and Justin are the pair of skilled, crafty man hands behind /ros/ Design, who joined the project in its early stages, and are responsible for a good number of the most striking features we added to the home. Proof of this talented duo can be found in the switchback, glass staircase, the open kitchen-cabinet work, the marble-inset, steel wine rack, and the open, firewood rack in the living room. Every last one of these elements conquered our goal of adding some strength and organic texture to the project, and their work speaks boldly for itself. Well done.
For the innards of the project, there was plenty of work to go around. We recruited Mr. Irving of AWS Hardwood Flooring to replace the dated and discolored [blue and yellow] carpet with beautifully-ashy, walnut-stained wood floors; the result was precisely as beautiful as we imagined it would be. The kitchen was in need of new counter tops, and we wanted something that would accompany the open shelving with style. We set Tally Stevens of European Marble and Granite to do what he does best. We’ve worked with these folks more than once, and we’ve yet to be disappointed; the white marble served to be the perfect visual divide between the dark floors and steel shelving. The walls in the home were stained a filthy yellow by years of build-up. Clean-up here required a smooth hand and a big gun, so we got Matt Mekean to do the job.
One of the handiest fellas to have around [and one of our close COLLECTIVE pals] is Keenan Davies of Stand Alone Construction. Keenan rewired lights, added a shower, tiled, painted, and fixed any and every bit that needed fixing. Once the paint was dry, the bolts were in place, and kitchen was cook-ready, we went to our tried-and-trues for staging perfection. Ron Green [the Green Ant] is always the first we check for mid-century details, and we rarely walk away without the perfect piece; in this case, the Eames Lounge, and the Nelson Bubble Lamps, among others. And, as our co-interior designer, Andrea Beecher, would tell you, running a staging company would be for naught without our friend, Michael Sanders, from Now & Again. A load of his contributions to the COLLECTIVE staging arsenal are on display in the space.
The outside of the home saw a major transformation, and luckily, what once was lost is now found. The home was initially blue, so we had Mike Parmley throw a fresh coat of Seal Skin over the entire exterior, which we think looks amazing. It wouldn’t have been noticeable, however, if the barricade of bristle remained, so we brought in the barber. Jayson King of Landform Design is a talented mind, among other things. He dropped by for some much-needed consulting and laid the plans; from there, our friend, DJ Thomas, of DJT Solutions took the wheel and transformed the landscaping in record time [all told, just over a week, including new-sprinkler installation]. The thoughtful design turned out to be minimalistic and perfectly complimentary to the color and style of the home.
We, for many, have delighted in watching passers-by stop to admire the home they didn’t know existed. We were also honored to have been able to spruce it up — to deliver some current living and design standards. Grand ‘thanks’ to all the stellar locals who helped us bring this project together. We fully intend to see you on the next round.
Listing courtesy of: Us!