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by puzzle
Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern Patio Furntiure
Replies: 46
Views: 17717

Yeah, CB2 has some good outdoor furniture. I was planning on getting those chairs above but was wondering how comfortable/uncomfortable they are. Surprisingly, pretty comfy for the style. I like how you can sink back into them (granted I am only 5' 3"). I actually saw a decent simple outdoor d...
by puzzle
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: hallway light conundrum
Replies: 34
Views: 4444

Finally getting back to doing these... there is a closet in the hall - and a bedroom door that opens out to the hallway (though that could be changed). I'm leaning towards keeping the recessed cans to one side and putting art up so it looks like it's on purpose. ;) Thanks for the tips, and many than...
by puzzle
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Epoxy paint floor finishes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1003

I did a quarter of my living room. Two applications, some left on for as long as overnight, and it still required a lot of scraping. The Bean-e-do just did not like whatever was on my slab (the mastic layers were THICK--maybe that was why). However, once I had scraped everything off by hand and did...
by puzzle
Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:59 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exterior door paint colors
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

My first choice would be a dark charcoal or even black. If a color, orange, perhaps burnt orange. I thought about going with a dark brown stain, but I like color doors so I went with a paint grade door. Burnt orange was my first inclination and color sample, but the ones I've tried have been either...
by puzzle
Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exterior door paint colors
Replies: 14
Views: 1386

Going through the same dilemma... The paint on our house is gray-brown with some pinkish undertones. I don't like it, but it will be awhile before we do anything with the exterior. In the meantime, I want a colorful door. I love orange and red-orange, but I don't know if that would go with the house...
by puzzle
Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: hallway light conundrum
Replies: 34
Views: 4444

Digging up an older thread... I have a similar issue with my hallway lighting, though my ceilings are even lower (7' - good thing I'm short :P), and there is an air conditioning duct running down the center (we were wondering why the recessed cans were off to one side :?). Originally I wanted to mov...
by puzzle
Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom fans
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

You're right, the Nutone fans in my other house are (heavy) aluminum, and in five years they have rusted a bit on the inside. That's probably why they discontinued them (and why I've never seen any of those cool 60's ones on Ebay). Our contractor also mentioned the timer (he's very very very energy ...
by puzzle
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom fans
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Thanks! What kind of register would you use (and excuse my ignorance, but is register the same as grille)? The house is a modest ranch style circa 1961 (hoping to upload pics eventually, but new laptop is not cooperating with old camera). It's a second home, so we're not going for an ultra modern re...
by puzzle
Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom fans
Replies: 12
Views: 1849

Bathroom fans

We're refurbishing a couple bathrooms in a 1961 home, neither of which have fans. At first I thought I could do without, but now I'm thinking I would like the option of some extra ventilation (one has no opening windows, and it's not always 110+ in the desert - or so I've been told ;)). There are al...
by puzzle
Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Design Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7367

Concrete it is! Just spoke with a local contractor and he said the saltillo is definitely an addition (said it was cheap and popular in the 70's-80's and that's why it's in so many homes), so that stuff is gone. :mr green: Not looking forward to the work, but I'm relieved it's not original because I...
by puzzle
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our MCM home - a face only a mother can love . . .
Replies: 17
Views: 2356

Gorgeous home! That appraiser is nuts. :P If the banks were smart, they'd have an appraiser or two on their staff that specialize in modern homes - the realtors who specialize in those properties seem to do just fine, even in a down market.
by puzzle
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Design Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7367

Bringing up an old (and very informative) thread because I have the same issue. We just bought a home in Palm Desert and it has saltillo tiles throughout except for the back bedroom with en suite bath (white carpet with concrete underneath and light colored 12 x 12 ceramic tile, respectively). The p...
by puzzle
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 16959

Thank you so much for the quick response. :) I'll be looking at both houses tomorrow and I was hoping to go in armed with enough info to make a quick decision if need be. I know loose rock can be a problem with older rock roofs, but did not think about the debris that can get caught in the rocks, to...
by puzzle
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 16959

I am looking at buying a small vacation home in the desert. So far I've found two I like (and can afford), one with a low pitched white rock roof, and the other with a flat foam roof. From reading this thread, I gather that foam is good for insulating a house (obviously very important in desert home...
by puzzle
Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: 60's modern in Eagle Rock ,CA
Replies: 5
Views: 848

IF it has no foundation issues, that is a good price for a stylish home with a view (or so it seems from the pics) in that area, IMO. I've seen bigger homes / lots in Eagle Rock and nearby areas for under 500,000K, but they've all been fixers. This one looks to be in good shape. I would contact the ...
by puzzle
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: bathtub resurface?
Replies: 2
Views: 720

I got a referral from a tile store for a bathtub refinishing company called Pearl Glaze in Los Angeles (323/732-2219) - very happy with their work. They even offered to come back after it dried to make sure everything was ok (I had told them about a previous bad experience with a local refinisher) -...
by puzzle
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: aggregate stepping stones- resource?
Replies: 7
Views: 963

by puzzle
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Sun Valley, CA: Fell out of escrow and is back on the market
Replies: 7
Views: 1920

Posting the listing may have gotten a buyer really looking for just this. Like me. :( We're looking for an MCM home in this price range (or a little more, depending on location) as an investment property. I check valleymodern.com all the time and I haven't seen this one. Beautiful place. Maybe a co...
by puzzle
Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: aggregate stepping stones- resource?
Replies: 7
Views: 963

Yeah, I called Bourget again to see if I could find out who makes them and that's what they told me as well. :( They were really nice - large pebbles and gray color. Worked perfectly with the (60's) step stones I got from my mom. I tried a couple of the stepping stones I found at OSH, but the differ...
by puzzle
Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: aggregate stepping stones- resource?
Replies: 7
Views: 963

aggregate stepping stones- resource?

I've been going to Bourget Brothers in Santa Monica for my 24 x 24 charcoal gray aggregate stepping stones for years, but they've recently stopped ordering them (said they thought they were too "dated" looking :P). I've looked at a few local stone yards and home repair places with no luck....
by puzzle
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Tell Me About Your Interior Doors!
Replies: 16
Views: 2706

We just replaced our pocket door with birch. I love the swirly/wavy grain of the wood. Now I really can't wait to replace the rest of my doors!
by puzzle
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: bathtub resurface?
Replies: 2
Views: 720

bathtub resurface?

Any recommendations for a good bathtub refinisher in the south bay area? I don't want to change the color (though there is some faint discoloration), but the finish has long worn off (1950's tub). Thanks!
by puzzle
Sun Apr 24, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Semi-OT: Has anyone had their house tented before?
Replies: 3
Views: 977

The termite co. should give you a list of specific instructions and bags for your food and such. They say you only have to be concerned with things that will be ingested (food, vitamins, medicines, etc.). I didn't want to take a chance or take the time, so we ended up using or giving away stuff in t...
by puzzle
Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Looking for cool wall sconces
Replies: 53
Views: 14850

I was at Liz's a few months ago and it looked like they carried the Rejuvenation lights (or ones that look very similar), but they charged quite a bit more for them.
by puzzle
Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Siding choices
Replies: 20
Views: 4207

Yep, that's what I've noticed - the old houses in our area have narrower overlapping wood siding. I really like it, but my contractor said you can't do that with cement siding (not up to code or something) - has to be at least 4". I've only seen the wider (8" and above) siding on houses that are not...
by puzzle
Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exterior paint and prep that lasts?
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

Our painter says stained wood peels a lot faster than good paint with sun exposure, but there is a something called a marine varnish (Cabot probably makes one) that is supposed to protect against the elements better.
by puzzle
Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Siding choices
Replies: 20
Views: 4207

I don't remember how much it costs, but Home Depot sells fiber cement siding in various widths. And yeah, definitely find someone who knows what they're doing - I've seen so many houses with this stuff just nailed on (with the kind of nails that rust too).
by puzzle
Fri Apr 01, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: TIME TO LANDSCAPE - NEED HELP !
Replies: 92
Views: 16705

I’ve been stuck in paint hell for over a year now so I’m not one to offer advice, but here goes nothin'… I’m a big fan of russet, vermillion, and burnt orange type colors. They look great with stained wood, they make the greenery really ‘pop,' and they would probably look good with dark br...
by puzzle
Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: TIME TO LANDSCAPE - NEED HELP !
Replies: 92
Views: 16705

I really like that yellow plant, whatever it is. I can see Bird of Paradise looking nice in there. Many of the houses like yours in our area had or have juniper and pine trees. Our house came with pine trees (the juniper had been removed), and we planted nectarine and apricot trees (you probably wou...
by puzzle
Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What material is on this fireplace?
Replies: 22
Views: 5976

Re: What to do?

Atomic Ranch #1 had an article on what to do when you don't like your 50's brick fireplace. It was in an article on a beach cottage in Hermosa Beach. I would have loved to have seen this. :P I talked about this in another thread - I had textured brick fireplace walls in the living room and den that...

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