MCM-Inspired Split Foyer: Some “Respect” at Last?
It took some getting used to. Over the past several weeks, as our Split Foyer remodel has progressed, something has happened that hasn’t happened before.
We live in a small, picturesque sea-side village called Sea Cliff, which is home to more original Victorian style homes than almost anywhere. Visitors come from neighboring communities and beyond just to stroll down our hilly lanes and admire the “painted ladies” and other 19th century feats of carpentry and architectural ornamentation. In fact, our small, run-of-the-mill Split Foyer sits right next to one of these finer period homes, which has never failed to completely dominate the attention and gaze of every passing pedestrian and motorist. That is, until now.
Maybe it’s just the commotion and distraction of the construction. Or maybe it’s the smell of the new tongue-and-groove cedar, or the strange, angled overhangs and eaves. Our home, probably for the first time in its 47 years of existence, has witnessed pedestrians and motorists slowing down just to take a look, some asking questions (“what are you doing there?”), but many others offering compliments. Until now our split foyer has been almost invisible, looking out at the Victorians and shouting, ala Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect!”
Whatever people might think of the remodel, for better or worse our house is certainly getting lots of attention, if not outright “respect.” We set out to “makeover” a 1965 Split Foyer, that is, modernize and maximize its potential rather than try to make it more like its “grander” neighbors, which have already earned their place in American architecture. I hope we have accomplished at least that. The early returns are very positive! As promised, here are some updated images. Click on any photo to enlarge.