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by bitzala
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: MCM teak piano in perfect condition - by Knight of UK
Replies: 0
Views: 3890

MCM teak piano in perfect condition - by Knight of UK

Hello-- We have a 1960s teak piano in perfect condition. It was made by Knight of UK, which is an upper-end piano manufacturer. We are interested in selling the piano. If we were in the UK, Roberts Pianos would buy the piano for about $3000 ($2000 pounds). Unfortunately shipping costs dictates that ...
by bitzala
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Dirty AC Ducts in our SLAB
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Thanks so much, Miguel, egads, Joe, Moderns-R-Us & rockland-- All your insights were very helpful! The efflorescence theory caught my attention. Strangely enough, we're in the midst of resolving an efflorescence issue in a bathroom remodel. Not related to concrete, but secondary to our tile guy ...
by bitzala
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Dirty AC Ducts in our SLAB
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Dirty AC Ducts in our SLAB

Hi, Have any of you faced this dilemma? Our AC/heat ducts are buried in our concrete slab. Turns out they have probably never been cleaned in the history of our home (built in '57). We've lived in the house almost 4 years. The motor in our AC just went out, after our coil and blower assembly collect...
by bitzala
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anyone know this fabric/upholstery?
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Hi, googie2525-- it looks like China Shop by George Nelson... the tin/bluestone combo.

Circa50 makes pillows with China Shop so it must still be available.

http://www.circa50.com/nelson_pillows.html

Have fun!

bitzala
by bitzala
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: I just wanted to introduce my little project
Replies: 30
Views: 3154

Hey rockabilly-- I read the same Dwell article on Neutra's psychological profile. Thought it was very interesting too. I'll admit that I found his son's commentary misguided and kind of odd... but the actual profile was fun to read, both as a psychologist and a lover of good architecture. From a cor...
by bitzala
Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: stainless steel & pools
Replies: 2
Views: 652

thanks, egads-- good idea to check plumbing too! (The holes in our new deck are round, so we're stuck with the shape.)
by bitzala
Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: stainless steel & pools
Replies: 2
Views: 652

stainless steel & pools

Hello there-- A question for any of you doing and done with your pool remodel: Do you know of any good resource in the Los Angeles area for stainless steel 4" deck drains? Our pool contractor is working on finding them for our pool deck-- he usually uses brass deck drains, but says he's install...
by bitzala
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Nelson light question
Replies: 16
Views: 1578

wwilber-- we installed a Nelson saucer and were faced with a similar situation... but took a different path. Our box is on our roof, and the wiring extended down through a beam. I wanted the light to hang from a spot on the beam about 2 feet to the left of where it came through. We had our electrici...
by bitzala
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 32,000 square foot home in Palm Desert
Replies: 31
Views: 2884

Craig-- I have young "roots" in Rancho Mirage. My grandparents had a home there and we visited regularly. I will always remember the stir that was created when Bob Hope's home was being built. Although I can't address any of your inquiries from an adult perspective, I do remember that the ...
by bitzala
Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Thanks for the warning, kjansma. I'm curious, what do you mean by re-sealing? Is it that the little pebbles come out and you need to have them replaced? Is re-sealing necessary with larger stones, but less often? We're definitely looking for something that's low maintenance. I'd read somewhere that ...
by bitzala
Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Hello, bamalama-- Thanks for posting the fun pictures! The top one is interesting, but you're right, the pebbles are spaced more widely than I had in mind. Kinda reminds me of the entryway into Minx, a restaurant down here, except the inverse: They have dark grey concrete with a few white pebbles sc...
by bitzala
Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

by bitzala
Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

hey, jazz-n-cocktails,

I'm curious-- what kind of stamping will you do in your concrete deck?

bitzala
by bitzala
Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Hi, John-- thanks for the details on your aggregate. Your neighbor's solution sounds quite interesting. Would be nice to not have to break up all the concrete. Hello, Josquin... thank you for posting the picture! Your aggregate is exactly what I had in mind. I'll show our contractor your entryway. b...
by bitzala
Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Hi, John-- I'm curious... what size stones were used in your aggregate? (I've read that less than one inch is ideal if you don't want to lose stones, but I'd rather use stones that are about an inch or slightly bigger than an inch.) Also, is your aggregate original to the house? Thanks. Hey, Stephen...
by bitzala
Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Hi, TM-- that's interesting about the salt finish being consistent with MCM. I didn't realize that. What we have now is a salt finish. Unfortunately, not enough expansion joints were used and there are several hairline cracks. (Not to mention that the coping was done in some kind of rock in the 90s....
by bitzala
Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Hello, S'Wonderful... I don't know much about aggregate yet, so I'm not sure how helpful I will be. The stones we plan to use are really "pebbles". They are smooth, flat and maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch in size. The pebbles won't be super crowded together either, so there will be some traction be...
by bitzala
Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

by bitzala
Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Removing paint from wood ceilings? Tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

hi, will-san: I don't recall which stripping product our painters used... but if I gave a name in the thread I linked, then that would be right. The main work was not the stripping, it was the sanding, using very fine sand paper. He had a crew of about 8 people laying on their backs on scaffolding, ...
by bitzala
Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Thanks, Perks... your former pool sounds lovely. We may go with a lighter shade to avoid the scorching of little kiddy feet.
by bitzala
Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: UGLIEST building
Replies: 41
Views: 11068

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:40 am Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I wrote about this hideous house in Hancock Park that I saw last summer. I have since found out that it is owned by a minor rapper. I know that house too! Perk is right......
by bitzala
Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??
Replies: 40
Views: 4777

Exposed aggregate vs. concrete deck??

Hello-- Do any of you have any experience with exposed aggregate pool deck? We love the look of flat pebbles imbedded in concrete, but are assuming (and have been told) that it can be very hot on your bare feet. On the other hand, our pool contractor says he's installed many of these decks without c...
by bitzala
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Removing paint from wood ceilings? Tips?
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

hey, drsiebling-- Almost 2 years ago, we were faced with a similar task. Many on this board provided us with great advice that we followed... our ceilings turned out beautifully. Here's a link to the string of advice we received. http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=3664&highlight=bitza...
by bitzala
Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13162

Gibralter certainly does present an incoherent picture, on the web. I spoke with their "President" today. He said that they are a second generation, 50-year-old company. He said that they carry well-done knock-offs, made in Asia, and very high end, but discounted "knock offs", ma...
by bitzala
Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13162

Scowsa-- I don't have any experience with Gibralter, but it looks like an interesting site. I'm still trying to figure out if they're for real or not. They clearly acknowledge that some of their "classics" are high quality knockoffs, while other pieces are presented as authentic and discou...
by bitzala
Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13162

ttblair-- great tips. Thanks. The whiteonwhite site seems legit... I spoke to them at length this morning. And they are going to send me photos and samples of the material. Also- thank you for the reminder to make sure the chair can fit through the doorway... most helpful! aly star-- I'm intrigued t...
by bitzala
Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13162

Ryan-- thank you! The white on white chair "ball" chair is even better than the one we were looking at, because it's $400 less. My son is going to love it.
by bitzala
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13162

Hello-- I'm reviving an old thread on furniture reproductions. Ordinarily I'd prefer to buy the real deal, but I'm now considering a knock-off for my 3rd grade son's bedroom. He needs a comfortable reading chair, and he really likes the ball chair. We're not willing to spend $4K on a chair that's mo...
by bitzala
Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Favorite Cabinet makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3207

egads-- thanks for the great information. I wonder if our cabinet maker will acknowledge his limitation in terms of finish application? I do like the idea of plywood to particle board... but will have to do some research on this to see how much if matters. Also, thank you for the tip on getting draw...
by bitzala
Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Favorite Cabinet makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3207

Egads-- thanks for your input. You're confirming what I've heard too. I was told that factory cabinets, made out of state, have better finishes than a cabinet maker in CA can provide... I believe it has to do with environmental regulations in CA limiting the products they can use? Skiphome: Thanks s...

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