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by cadman
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Frank Sinatra's house in LA Times
Replies: 9
Views: 10229

7 bathrooms?

I was fortunate enough to tour Twin Palms back in February and took a few snapshots of the fabulously original bathrooms. 7 of them there ain't! The master has a very large period correct setup with a std sized tub, flanked by enclosed (fluted glass IIRC) stalls on each end- one is a shower, the oth...
by cadman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Better soffit for underside of balcony
Replies: 15
Views: 4426

With the popularity of 2nd floor decks on sloped-lot McMansions here in the midwest, there's actually an off-the-shelf solution readily available for your situation. While I haven't installed one myself, it doesn't look too bad. It's a system of scalloped aluminum (doesn't look like vinyl) sections ...
by cadman
Thu May 20, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: where can get interior mahogany paneling?
Replies: 3
Views: 1342

Paul, last I checked it was still available through the local box stores as special order, though they had a minimum order of a skidfull. Perfect if you need A LOT of sheets and have money to burn. Otherwise, I've found lauan underlayment sheets to be a good alternative and dirt cheap (10 bucks a pa...
by cadman
Sat May 08, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Would you replace these?
Replies: 12
Views: 2428

by cadman
Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid 1950s Gem
Replies: 8
Views: 2758

What a stunner! I do hope the new owners appreciate it for what it is; looks to be in terrific condition!
by cadman
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eichler Pantry Door Light Switch
Replies: 7
Views: 1761

You can still buy these line voltage closet door switches at the box stores for less than $20, but watch out if local codes apply on the type of light (currently) installed. New construction in this area stipulates fluorescent fixtures only in closets.
by cadman
Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Why in the world hasn't someone re-invented the wall mounted
Replies: 8
Views: 2481

Lots of the old GE's still out there, just need to watch CL and eBay. I've got a turquoise unit in the basement awaiting a freon charge. I think they're a swell idea, especially when matched with the proper steel cabinets for a great built-in look, but the biggest drawback that comes to mind is the ...
by cadman
Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help needed with kitchen lighting- PIP
Replies: 16
Views: 2385

What about replacing with some tasteful tracklights? The Romex could be hidden by wiremould surface mount channels, painted a dark color to match the wood.
by cadman
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Jalousie / Louver windows and draft reduction
Replies: 11
Views: 3400

Jalousies were also common in the midwest where winters can get brutal- the ones I salvaged from a remuddle included interchangeable screens and solid glass panels for autumn/winter. I know I've also seen strips that attach to the edge of the glass louvers to create a pretty good seal when closed......
by cadman
Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sourcing architectural posts for sail shades
Replies: 14
Views: 2139

Influx99, thank YOU for the link- Lots of neat sails there. Cory
by cadman
Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: :( Kohler Quits Colors: Sunlight Yellow, Skylight Blue gone
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Surely there's one in the distributor's pipeline... some place. The trick'll be finding out where. I'd start with Kohler in Wisconsin if you haven't already. I hear they're pretty easy to deal with.
by cadman
Mon May 18, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Staining Flagstone and concrete
Replies: 12
Views: 3249

Ready-Mix

If you're pouring new concrete there's no reason not to add a color mix rather than stain. My local const supply house had color charts and bags on hand. Most are in repulpable bags so the cement co can throw it in the truck and let it mix on the way to delivery. No fading or chipping...color throug...
by cadman
Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: paneling color/stain question
Replies: 22
Views: 2399

I can sympathize with the shellac'ing frustration, and the mahogany quest too. For a non-critical project I found a few good sheets of 1/4" lauan with an interesting grain in the $10 "underlayment grade" pile at the box store. Save for those, the others were red and full of filler. Wh...
by cadman
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hardie Panel vs T-111: have you used it?
Replies: 12
Views: 2492

by cadman
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Howard Miller Bubble Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 2037

Hey futura.....Still waiting to hear back from the lighting store on another groovy fixture they've pulled for me. At the time they had another customer 'on the line' for the bubble but not sure they ever sold it.. Hopefully I'll know soon!
by cadman
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: As it Was in '59
Replies: 44
Views: 7118

24x48, beautiful 'candid'. I really dig the linear ceiling...you wouldn't by chance happen to know what theroof panels are/are made of?

thanks- Cadman
by cadman
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: anyone have a mcm storage building
Replies: 16
Views: 2573

Lots of great ideas and pics! I'd like to echo the sentiments that a KISS philosophy is really the way to go for a project like this. And some things that still look good and can keep costs down- T1-11 siding in 4/8 or 12" spaced grooves is not only still available at the box stores, but requir...
by cadman
Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: anyone have a mcm storage building
Replies: 16
Views: 2573

There are ways, but your foundation will make or break the budget. Is it a concrete slab? Pea gravel? Are you in an area of the country where you'll need footings to prevent frost heave?

The price of materials is really getting out of hand :x
by cadman
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Are rain chains functional in the Pacific NW?
Replies: 20
Views: 2442

French Drain?

With all the chat about downspouts and chains I haven't heard any mention French Drains. (oh great, I'm rhyming) The place I'm building has a 52' long shed roof with a 2' overhang, 19' off the ground and I really detest gutters. Splashback on any type of siding is never a good thing. I trenched in a...
by cadman
Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: WTB: doorknob escutcheons
Replies: 11
Views: 3520

Dr. Swanky, I had the same trouble. The new Schlage set I wanted to use wouldn't fit my NOS escutcheon. Ended up buying the "Dexter" by Schlage line. Used that half on the exterior and the Schlage style I preferred on the interior.
by cadman
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Oven Restoration in LA Area?
Replies: 11
Views: 2058

You might also give a shoutout in the Super section of automaticwasher.org A lot of us collect, restore, fixup these vintage major appliances over there; good group of guys. On the upside, something like an oven thermostat replacement has a good chance of being crossed with a lot of different (and u...
by cadman
Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: At what point do you worry about snow load?
Replies: 4
Views: 810

From what I can see in your pic, you're probably OK. The trouble starts with flatroofs that are more traditional in construction with sheetrocked ceilings or have undersized joists. In the midwest, roofs are engineered for 30 to 40 lbs per square foot snow load. Fully loaded, the roof members will d...
by cadman
Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: "Planet" Table Lamp - Any info?
Replies: 0
Views: 1303

"Planet" Table Lamp - Any info?

Hey Guys- Scored this nifty table lamp at a tag sale this weekend but can't seem to find any info on it. I know I've seen a pic in the past... No markings that I can find. Anyone know anything about it?


Image

thanks- Cory
by cadman
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Howard Miller Bubble Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 2037

Howard Miller Bubble Lamp

Guys, just curious if there are any experts out there. I've got a lead on an NOS Howard Miller cigar hanging bubble lamp in box for what seems like a deal. Not exactly pocket change (original price I would guess), but wondered what a reasonable price might be?? Worth anything? Any advice?
by cadman
Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Just Like Kid Charlemagne's Customers
Replies: 5
Views: 1211

Do-Able

Interesting idea. Very doable for $12k, potentially less if you're good with your hands. The big things though are utilities. If you're rural do you have water? A self-driven sandpoint could work depending on your area and water quality, but more likely you'd want a true well. Expect to pay $5k for ...
by cadman
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bedroom Ceiling Lights for 1955 MCM
Replies: 18
Views: 2149

I think you still CAN get those square recessed lights but the trim is no longer chrome-plated. You're right about the amount of light they output, especially with the frosted glass. I have seen afresnel version of these that works pretty well. Couple that with a high lumen bulb and a good reflector...
by cadman
Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Question regarding Insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Capital, does one side appear to be aged more than the other? The Pink insulation is just the "trademark" of Owens Corning (Pink Panther) while the yellow stuff could be anyone (Johns Manville comes to mind). Both still available and offered paperless, with a kraft face or fully wrapped in...
by cadman
Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Possible FM addition to old intercom system with only AM
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Matt, Here's the deal, the fix is easy, finding the person to do it is the hard part. Yes, they sell AM transmitters (typically in kit form) but your intercom rec'r is going to drift off station if you listen for any length of time and I don't think you'll be satisfied with the headache involved (li...
by cadman
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: We're almost there, but a few pre-closing questions, please
Replies: 24
Views: 3606

Adam,

I might be in the minority here but I think that dining room table actually fits! The "throne" look was certainly high-fashion in a strange, kitschy way. In 2008 it's double-kitsch! Hard to trump that : )
by cadman
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hi all, Looking for a real source for house plans
Replies: 50
Views: 8639

There's also no reason not to pick up some of the classic "home planning" books of the 50's. Oftentimes lumber yards would provide a booklet of house plans with features and artistic renditions of the homes (just as they do today) that not only might have something you like but could provi...

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