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Designed by famous, “father of the ranch house” architect Cliff May, this home isn’t just “cool” — it’s designed for living. Walls of glass, a wide open floorplan, and 6 sets of doors leading outside add up to a house that’s @$@#ing amazing for entertaining.
Container gardening is a fun and fresh way to grow your own vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The moveable containers used for this method of gardening grants you the flexibility of making the growing spaces work for your lifestyle.
Prospective buyers of Cliff May homes are sure to be interested in two relatively new books, both of which are readily available in libraries or through Amazon. Taken together, they provide different perspectives on these extraordinary homes.
Cliff May SoCal is running a Pinerest contest all through the month of May and we can’t wait to see what you pin! We are calling our contest “Cliff May […]
Decorating and accessorizing a mid-century home has to be one of the most fun aspects of owning one. You know which Nelson pendant lamp you love and you can probably spot an Arne Jacobsen classic at fifty paces but what can you do when you have Eames taste and Target money?
Over the many years he designed and sold his ranch homes, Cliff May made bold changes to help evolve the layout and function of the homes for their residents.
However, since these homes were designed by people who concentrated on how a home worked and how it was integrated with the outdoors, their environmental benefits are inherent in the structures themselves. This is nowhere as evident as it is in homes designed by Cliff May where is was natural green living.
Cliff May houses are built with a number of geometric patterns, which makes creating an outdoor space for these homes a joy. When looking at the exterior of a Cliff May, the vertical lines line up with the roof joists. The effect is an open but rectilinear façade. The clerestory windows—the long triangular windows near the roofline—also create an interesting architectural feature. While letting in natural light from an elevated height, the windows also make for distinctive exterior details that really set these homes apart.
If you were asked to draw a simple house plan for a Cliff May, how would it look? A large rectangle subdivided into smaller squares? Perhaps a wide door to indicate the main entrance and a couple of windows thrown in. You’ve got to get light in there, right? Then, if you were to go a stage further and embellish a little you might add a garage, a yard, maybe a boundary fence or two.
Palm Springs and mid-century modern-everything has basically become synonymous. The two are so inherently linked that Modernism Week, the celebration of architecture that defines this desert city, has become one of the best places to view––and buy––modern real estate.