Maurice Bosc works for Native Resources, a company that specializes in relocating large native trees and provides consulting for desert-friendly landscapes. So it’s not surprising that upcycling, reusing and conserving are the underlying themes of his idiosyncratic Tempe home.
At a time when many people remodel mid-century modern ranch houses, Maurice and his wife Maddie have gone against the tide.
Since moving into their 1950s home in Tempe’s Broadmor neighborhood in 2005, they opted for minimal intervention for their 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom two-bathroom home.
“I have people ask me, 'Why don’t you fix up the bathroom?' Because everybody does that now. But I think, ‘No. You know what? This works for us,’ ” Maddie said of their peach-tiled bathroom.
The house's floor plan has remained unchanged, but they have done some work on the house.
One of their first projects was to strip the tile throughout the house to expose the original concrete floors and give the home a “cleaner” feel. In the kitchen, the cupboards are original, but the sink and countertops have been replaced.
The Boscs installed new windows and doors to keep the home energy efficient. In the master bathroom, they replaced the original bathtub with a shower for practicality purposes.
The biggest change has been the transformation of a large storage room into a fully-equipped guest house that shares a wall with the main structure. With five children between the two of them (not to mention grandchildren), the casita is rarely vacant. Three of their kids live out of state, spread out between the East Coast, the Northwest and even as far as Kosovo.
Maddie was born in The Netherlands. She moved to the United States at 18 and has raised four kids, including a daughter who now lives across the street from her. Maurice, a French native, arrived in the United States at age 16.
What stands out most about their home is its colorful palette and eclectic art pieces, all purchased from local art fairs or directly through Maddie’s artist friends.
“I like to get things that are mix and match,” Maddie said. “And I like things that are different. We don’t have a theme.”
The interior walls are painted in blues and yellows, with plants and natural light throughout. There are paintings and sculptures on both inside and outside walls.
If you believe the home is a form of self-expression, the organic randomness of the Bosc house can be interpreted as a celebration of their individuality and nonconformity.