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by AlcoaMCM
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eastern Long Island Waterfront MCM
Replies: 63
Views: 6724

How are you doing the interior cedar panels? Our home originally had horizontal cedar paneling, but sometime in the 70s it was replaced with drywall covered with cheap vertical panels...you know, the thin 4'x8' stuff that smells funny after awhile. :? I'd love to replace it with interior paneling li...
by AlcoaMCM
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Bathroom Photos
Replies: 29
Views: 2799

Here's a picture from the original 1957 sales brochure for our house. Note the wall-mounted toilet (which has since been replaced).

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by AlcoaMCM
Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New mod house project (what have I done?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

What a fabulous project house! Looks like fun. :D I'm certainly no builder, but my first thought when reading that they had covered the skylights was that something was wrong with them, such as leaking. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that everything is dry and sound when you open them up becau...
by AlcoaMCM
Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spring is here!
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Oh, am I jealous! We still have 10-inch-thick ice dams on our eaves (a topic for another thread) and snow predicted for everyday between today and next Saturday. :(
by AlcoaMCM
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

by AlcoaMCM
Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Forgot to add... Not sure when/why the black VCT was added as a floor border. The thickness of the black is a little different from the white tiles. I've surmised that there may have been damage along one edge (from the fridge? or dishwasher?) and a full border was added to make the repair look more...
by AlcoaMCM
Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Thanks! Yep, those are a few threads about it. Here is a sort-of "uber thread": http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=63198&highlight=#63198 The house was designed by Charles Goodman (Hollin Hills is his big development), as part of the Alcoa Care-free Homes project. The compan...
by AlcoaMCM
Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Kitchen

Okay, we'll see if this link works. I finally pulled together pictures of our nearly original 1957 kitchen. The color was changed by a previous owner, and the only original appliance left is the oven, but the metal cabinets, layout, flooring, and lighting are all as-built. http://www.flickr.com/phot...
by AlcoaMCM
Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mold in old houses
Replies: 18
Views: 2827

keep in mind when remodeling... mid-century homes were made to "breath." By making everything air-tight, you increase the likelihood of mold growth. so don't be too concerned about making a 50+ year-old house an energy star candidate. That's the real conundrum with folks like us who live ...
by AlcoaMCM
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Thanks everyone! It's nice to hear encouragement about the kitchen from time to time, because it really isn't practical and I have to admit that I'm itching to update it. Fortunately for the integrity of the space, I don't have the only vote. :) I'll try to take some more pictures today or tomorrow ...
by AlcoaMCM
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Here it is, our original 1959 GE Built-In Range, complete with owner's manual. Runs about 20 degrees hot, but otherwise works great and is remarkably clean. http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/deebs43/100_3211.jpg http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/deebs43/100_3213.jpg
by AlcoaMCM
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

Hey! That looks a lot like my kitchen, right down to the color and the metal pulls on the metal drawers. (My whole kitchen is magnetic--it's kind of cool.)

I'll try to post pics tomorrow.

We have the original 1959 GE electric wall oven the house was built with. Still works.
by AlcoaMCM
Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4306

I'm not sure I care much for the wood finish...but the steel one definitely has me intrigued. Nichols, I couldn't find any info on the Oasis Montana website you linked the photo from...Any direct page links? I think I may have found a page... http://www.oasismontana.com/newsltr/2001-11/page4.html
by AlcoaMCM
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Striated Plywood - Help
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

I've seen it called "combed plywood" too.
by AlcoaMCM
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Rush Creek A-frame pics
Replies: 10
Views: 597

That is a very cool house! Love the wall of windows. I'd consider a different color for the outside, but that's purely personal aesthetics. If your friend gets it, he/she will have quite a gem! :D
by AlcoaMCM
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single-lite or slab door-what do you think
Replies: 23
Views: 1439

I have to agree with the solid slab suggestion. That mosaic is very cool, but hopefully guests won't be standing on the porch long enough to admire it! :wink: Seriously, you'll want them to look at it from inside the house where you can tell its story...I wouldn't worry about them not seeing it beca...
by AlcoaMCM
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Alcoa Care-free Homes in the news
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Alcoa Care-free Homes in the news

I'm a proud owner...and I think there are only about 15 of these houses still standing. We are a rare bunch. :D [url]http://www.mlive.com/homeimprovement/stories/index.ssf?/base/features-0/1193552327245560.xml&coll=6&this[/color]page=1[/url] The article was picked up in Detroit, San Diego, T...
by AlcoaMCM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5541

I absolutely would take advantage of aesthetically appropriate double-pane glass. We've already seen our first $150+ gas bill of the winter, and come January and February we'll be up over $250 per month for heating our modest 1900 sq.ft. ranch. We've got insulating, full-length curtains, and that ve...
by AlcoaMCM
Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscaping and views
Replies: 17
Views: 1970

by AlcoaMCM
Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Vertical Blinds Thread?
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but a quick search resulted in several threads about blinds and other window coverings. http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=9612&highlight=vertical+blinds http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=6601&highlight=vertical+blinds http://w...
by AlcoaMCM
Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Please show us some XMAS/Holiday decorating ideas....
Replies: 80
Views: 10861

Our Tree

We put this up last night. :D

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by AlcoaMCM
Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Neutra: The Gill Residence
Replies: 2
Views: 622

542 Suncourt Ter, Glendale, CA http://www.zillow.com/HomeDetails.htm?zprop=20844480 http://www.zillow.com/search/Search.htm?addrstrthood=542+suncourt+terrace&citystatezip=glendale%2C+ca&GOButton=GO 541 Suncourt Ter, Glendale, CA http://www.zillow.com/HomeDetails.htm?zprop=20844516 http://www...
by AlcoaMCM
Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The ongoing story of our home
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Thank you so much for sharing! I truly enjoyed your story and photos, and I look forward to hearing much more about your progress. As far as countertops go, I personally would pick (and have in my kitchen) a Formica (or other brand) laminate. I think some of the modern designs would look awesome wit...
by AlcoaMCM
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: replacing a few linoleum tiles with new ones - advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Polishing VCT

Our floor looks similar to yours (9x9 light-colored vinyl tile, original to the house), and we just had it stripped and polished two weeks ago. We went with the acrylic polymer. A professional did our whole first floor in less than a day; they were referred to us by a local commercial carpet install...
by AlcoaMCM
Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help STLModern pick a door color...
Replies: 30
Views: 2541

by AlcoaMCM
Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Simple landscaping ideas for a 50's contemporary ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 1528

My $.02 on trimming: Pick one bush at the far end of the hedge and trim it to the height you want. Do it before winter. If it's dead in the spring, you'll have lost only one, not-easily-seen bush, in a hedge you're not crazy about. :D If it's fine in the spring, then you can do the rest.
by AlcoaMCM
Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help STLModern pick a door color...
Replies: 30
Views: 2541

I'm partial to the lime green, but that's because my 1957 Goodman still has the original lime-green-aluminum doors.

8-)


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by AlcoaMCM
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eurobad '74
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: Eurobad '74

by AlcoaMCM
Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Simple landscaping ideas for a 50's contemporary ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 1528

What a great house! Congrats! We too moved into a new 1957 ranch within the past year, so this summer was spent watching things grow (mostly big old perennial weeds) to see what we had. I've been doing a LOT of research into landscaping. Mostly what I've come up with for our house are drought tolera...
by AlcoaMCM
Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Metal trim wax?
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Thanks to both of you! Maybe I'll try the Astonish. I believe I have raw aluminum trim, but it may have been waxed at some point. I had the same yellowish sticky stuff -- not a lot, but enough that a little scrubbing showed very clear clean/dirty lines. I cleaned the aluminum with a very diluted dis...

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