Atomic Ranch

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Gibbs Smith, Aug 29, 2006 - House & Home - 192 pages
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Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States. Authors Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown, founders and publishers of the popular quarterly Atomic Ranch magazine, extol the virtues of the tract, split-level, rambler home and its many unique qualities: private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, walls of glass, and an easy-living lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents twenty-five homes showcasing inspiring examples of stylish living through beautiful color photographs, including before and after shots, design-tip sidebars, and a thorough resource index.Atomic Ranch reveals:
  • Hallmarks of the ranch style
  • Inspiring original ranch homes
  • Ranch house transformations and makeovers
  • Preservation of mid-century neighborhoods
  • Adding personality to a ranch home
  • Yards and landscaping
Plus, a helpful resource section and index!
 

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An Atomic Success

User Review  - armyarchi - Overstock.com

Overall I am very satisfied with the quality shipping and price for this book. This is my first order from Overstock.com and if this is any indication of the quality of customer service and satisfaction then I see alot more purchases in the future. Read full review

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User Review  - eljae0201 - Overstock.com

I am an avid fan of all things mid centruy modern and have had a subscription to Atomic Ranch mag for years. I was excited when this book finally came out. Eh. Some good stuff some not so good ... Read full review

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Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown publish Atomic Ranch magazine, a quarterly devoted to mid-century homes. Gringeri-Brown was the editor of American Bungalow magazine for nine years, and her freelance work has been published in Westways, the Los Angeles Times, Photographers' Forum, and Sunset magazine's View. Jim Brown is an editorial photographer with degrees in photography and English literature. His photo-graphy has been published numerous times in Motor Trend, Sunset, Motorcyclist, American Bungalow, Westways, Car & Driver, and Hot Rod. They both grew up in postwar ranch houses and strongly support the preservation of this overlooked architectural style.

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