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by JXBrown
Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Cerritos Elementary Renovation
Replies: 2
Views: 1367

Cerritos Elementary Renovation

Does anybody know what is happening to this spiffy butterfly roofed elementary school in Anaheim? It's undergoing a big renovation. I hope that it doesn't get replaced with a stucco box.

It's most famous kindergarten/first grade alumnus is Eldrick "Tiger" Woods.
by JXBrown
Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hoping to buy MCM in CA
Replies: 8
Views: 1794

That's bout what the Eichlers are selling for in the Orange County tracts right now.
by JXBrown
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM lighting sources: ball lights and sconces
Replies: 36
Views: 21945

Another source with a wider variety of choices:
http://www.loveitlighting.com/cgi-bin/g ... /442-3.jpg
by JXBrown
Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Period floor registers
Replies: 4
Views: 1426

I bought cast aluminum covers for our floor vents from Atlanta Supply:
http://www.atlantasupply.com/
by JXBrown
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Kitchen Faucet Advice Needed!
Replies: 16
Views: 1236

I have a four year old version of the Hans Grohe (purchased at the late Home Expo) that redneckmodern mentions. It's a dandy one, as far as I'm concerned albeit big. I bought a pretty -- and little -- Newport Brass faucet on my first try, but the combination of a deep sink and the little-bitty fauce...
by JXBrown
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mosaic tile kitchen backsplash - Unglazed porcelain okay?
Replies: 8
Views: 1523

I've got an unglazed porcelain Dal-tile backsplash. I haven't had any trouble with it. I think it's spiffy!
by JXBrown
Tue May 19, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 96 inch mistlite glass–need help finding some!
Replies: 25
Views: 2679

We got some in January of this year from
Diamond Glass
Eldon and Dell Primrose
3037 Edinger
Tustin 92780
(949) 559-1700

The owners are former Eichler owners.
by JXBrown
Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Lighting for Exposed Beam Ceiling
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

In the kitchen I used a track system and attached it to the beam so that the lights can only be seen from the kitchen. The beams are painted chocolate brown and the track system and lights (I needed compact fluorescent bulbs instead of the smaller halogens) are black.
by JXBrown
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Foam roofs
Replies: 18
Views: 1438

Does it really keep the interior 10-15 degrees cooler it the summer? Yes, indeed it does. It was expensive, but keeps the house substantially cooler and more comfortable. We open the house up at night to cool it down and close it up tight in the morning. We've also removed the carpet and have tile ...
by JXBrown
Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help with choosing the right white for interior walls
Replies: 23
Views: 1657

You can't make a mistake, it's just paint. If you don't like it, you re-paint.

I'm a BM Linen White gal myself, but at this point I only have it in my closets with colors everywhere else that isn't paneled.
by JXBrown
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Papercord source?
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Thanks. Once I searched under "Danish cord", I found a bunch of sources.
by JXBrown
Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Papercord source?
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Papercord source?

I have an old chair (not an antique, it was purchsed by me new in about 1980, but it's been moved a lot). I'd like to take the papercord off and refinish the slightly battered frame and possibly replace the papercord with clean, new stuff. Is it possible to buy a quantity adequate for one chair some...
by JXBrown
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Preservation
Replies: 0
Views: 533

Preservation

"Preservation", the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a new issue (May/June) that is dedicated to midcentury moderns!

by JXBrown
Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cooling the house - what to do when you don't have AC?
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

We put on a foam roof and got rid of the carpet. Admittedly not a cheap solution, but really, really comfortable. I have double honeycomb blinds on the east and west windows and our major glazing is south with deep overhangs and a big pine at the southwest corner of the house. I open the house up at...
by JXBrown
Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mold in old houses
Replies: 18
Views: 2014

Mold "remediation" is a scam. If you aren't allergic to mold, it won't hurt you at all. Fix the water leaks and any ventilation problems. Wipe the walls down with bleach, repaint, and you will be fine. I woke up this morning with a sore throat. I looked out in the back yard and the ground ...
by JXBrown
Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mold in old houses
Replies: 18
Views: 2014

Mold (aka "mildew") is a sign of a moisture problem. It leads to wood damage and termites and may lead to fairly expensive repairs*. Mold is also allergenic and if you suffer from hay fever and asthma and it's not contained, it may make your allergies worse. If it's hidden inside a wall, h...
by JXBrown
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Smart Strip paint remover
Replies: 4
Views: 712

When I used Peel-Away 7 on no more than 2 coats of paint, I think I used a gallon for about 30-40 sq-ft. Although the stuff is expensive, if you value your labor at minimum wage or so, the paint stripper is cheap. We found the cheapest price on the internet for 5 gallon tubs.
by JXBrown
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Gas Fireplace Inserts
Replies: 13
Views: 1623

I like the rocks, too.

However, these "fire ribbons" are kind of cool and minimalist:


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by JXBrown
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Any experience with Smeg appliances?
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Clean up is fantastic. Since the cooktop doesn't get very hot, spills don't cook on and clean up requires a spritz of Windex and a swipe with a dishtowel. It's more powerful than a gas range, more efficient, responds to changes more quickly, doesn't heat up the kitchen, and is safer. The only downsi...
by JXBrown
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Any experience with Smeg appliances?
Replies: 13
Views: 1146

Smeg has a very cool looking induction range coming out soon. I've had a completely un-mid century modern induction cook top (Kenmore Elite) for a year and a half. I love it, love it, love it and would never go back to gas or regular electric.
by JXBrown
Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need source for MCM globe lights, and MCM front door-eichler
Replies: 11
Views: 1331

Interior and exterior globe lights in any size with any length stem:

by JXBrown
Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Removing paint from wood ceilings? Tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 1547

I just bought myself a mobile to hang on my stripped and re-stained ceilings because damn it, I deserve it! I used Peel Away 7 to strip the ceilings. It's a bit stinky, but non-toxic. I could only do about 3-4 sq-m per day because I could only work over my head for about that long. It's a messy, mes...
by JXBrown
Sun Nov 26, 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern glass fireplace doors??
Replies: 8
Views: 2258

I haven't tried a , but they look promising.
by JXBrown
Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Corner Windows - FL Wright
Replies: 6
Views: 1617

What about honeycomb blinds? They are relatively discrete when raised and when lowered give you better R value than a double pane window.
by JXBrown
Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 15458

We ate lunch outside, but it was uncomfortably hot, so we decided to retreat into our pleasantly cool, foam-roofed house. What an improvement!

Thanks Dave!
by JXBrown
Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom Vanities etc
Replies: 34
Views: 22275

I have Kraftmaid Venecia cabinets in my kitchen. I have an over-refrigerator cabinet mounted above my refrigerator and I have every intention of buying a couple more and mounting them in my bathroom. I can see no reason why I can mount one 6 ft off the floor, but not 6 inches off the floor. I was pl...
by JXBrown
Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint Removal on Wood and original intent (natural or paint)
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

See this thread for how I stripped paint off a redwood ceiling:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... t=peelaway

Jeepers, what were they thinking when they painted?
by JXBrown
Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 15458

A cheaper solution is called "torch down" or "modified bitumen". Sheets of foam are laid on top of your roof deck and covered with sheets of bitumen (aka asphalt) and then heated with propane torches to seal. The R-value is lower than the sprayed urethane, but better than what yo...
by JXBrown
Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: windows, thoughts on original metal frame please
Replies: 5
Views: 1930

How long have you lived with the aluminum frames? Anything else you install will probably look weird. This is an area you want to thnk about pretty carefully.
by JXBrown
Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best lighting for behind soffits
Replies: 26
Views: 10178

Here are a few more dimmable bulbs:


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