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MODERN

Creating the illusion of perfection.

Beckner Contracting & Management restores San Francisco Bay Area Mid-Century Modern and Modern gems.

Homes that gracefully combine modern form with an unhindered connection to the outdoors, and a dose of cool.

We value the aesthetic significance of these architectural treasures, restoring and updating them for contemporary living. It takes more than know-how. It takes a love of design, ingenuity, preservation, craft, and experience. For modern, as well as every style home and light commercial space we improve.

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“Our Eichler was badly remodeled in the ‘80s and neglected for a couple of decades. We were looking for trust and accountability. We wanted to work with Craig Beckner.”

~ GS, Oakland, CA

Modern architecture: a micro history lesson.

Modern and Mid-Century Modern architecture exploded in the late 1940s to 1969, made popular by 20th-century luminaries Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Charles DuBois, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Louis Kahn. Introduced to the American mainstream by Joseph Eichler, an audacious post-World War II real estate developer and visionary.

Modern architecture emphasized experimentation, the rejection of predetermined “rules,” and freedom of expression in art, literature, architecture, and music. Advancements in engineering, building materials, social equality, health, and industry converged, while past historical styles were rejected. This created a perfect storm that stewarded architecture toward a new era of design.

Mid-Century Modern architecture is characterized by flat planes, clean lines, glass-walled rooms, cantilevered roofs, natural and industrial materials, open-plan indoor-outdoor spaces, gently sloping wood-plank ceilings, polished concrete floors, and radiant heating. The world is enjoying a Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern renaissance, a counterpoint to our complex lives.