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by spaceghost
Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: back deck handrails
Replies: 10
Views: 3360

You can make rough measurements and drawings for a fabricator or contractor to provide you with a bid. This helps them understand the scope of work and gives them the ability to roughly estimate the amount of material they will need for the project. Unless you do not care about precision I would hav...
by spaceghost
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: On Post Modernism in the New York Times.
Replies: 44
Views: 3895

I DON"T LOVE ROBERT VENTURI...I LOVE ARCHITECTURE!!!

It seems like Venturi has really angered you and I am curious as to why. I am not here to defend all of Venturi’s works or ideas. The Seattle Art Museum was built nearly thirty years later than the Vanna Venturi House. I have never been to the Seattle Art Museum so it is next to impossible for me to...
by spaceghost
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Interior ceiling idea
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

I know this doesn't answer your question but what about rigid insulation sitting on the roof and exposing the structure you do have? The applied steel decking would not be honest materially, but it would also not be the first time steel decking had been used in that fashion. Traditionally steel deck...
by spaceghost
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: On Post Modernism in the New York Times.
Replies: 44
Views: 3895

THE ROMANCE CONTINUES!!!!

a home is something that has to work for those who live in it, pay for it. It's not just a piece of art. Why can’t architecture be both? Even Le Corbusier – who wrote “the house is a machine for living in” – argued for utilitarianism as the starting point of a design, not the end goal. Venturi’s ar...
by spaceghost
Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: On Post Modernism in the New York Times.
Replies: 44
Views: 3895

I STILL LOVE ARCHITECTURE!!!

A one sentence comment is just that, a one sentence comment . A dialogue would require an exchange of ideas or opinions . The Vanna Venturi House is not an easy building. It requires commitment and close visual attention. It is not for the person who would rather pluck out their eyes than offend the...
by spaceghost
Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: On Post Modernism in the New York Times.
Replies: 44
Views: 3895

I recognize that Michelangelo is a great artist. I just don't like any of his art [as an aside I am not a fan of most Italian Renaissance work - Northern/German Renaissance is another story]. Really? Off the top of my head just architecturally the Laurentian Library, the Campidolio, Santa Maria in ...
by spaceghost
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: On Post Modernism in the New York Times.
Replies: 44
Views: 3895

I LOVE ARCHITECTURE!!!

I can understand not liking something. Architecture like art is subjective. While you might love the Picasso hanging on your wall I might love the velvet painting of Elvis on my wall. What I do not understand is how as architecture lovers people cannot look beyond a label and really understand just ...
by spaceghost
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Color photos of Bunker Hill
Replies: 6
Views: 3594

by spaceghost
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Raphael S. Soriano, FAIA: Polito House
Replies: 1
Views: 1170

thanks for posting these photos. did you take photos from any other angles? from the other side below or from the hillside above the house?
by spaceghost
Thu May 27, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: concrete floor question
Replies: 37
Views: 4442

Typically it is the mastic. Each case is different, I have seen some mastic even 60 year old mastic that looks like yours come back negative. Vinyl floor tiles can also have asbestos. 9x9 floor tiles is a big red flag, but I have seen those come back negative and the 12x12 come back hot. Ceramic til...
by spaceghost
Thu May 27, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: concrete floor question
Replies: 37
Views: 4442

sorry to redirect this conversation for a moment, but, asbestos is no joke. you don't want it floating around in an occupied house especially with young children around. granted you will be applying solvent which will help weigh down the asbestos because it like other airboure particles cannot fly a...
by spaceghost
Thu May 27, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: paint removal on furnace vent cover
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

it is tough to tell from the angle of the picture but this one does not seem like anything special. if you don't like the color it is now and don't want to repaint it, remove and replace. there are plenty of companies that make vent grills, you can get them in all sorts of finishes. some more expens...
by spaceghost
Wed May 12, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: smooth walls, no texture
Replies: 9
Views: 1880

at my house we used a skim coat of plaster over most walls. it takes a bit of a skilled hand as well as some attention to detail sanding but the walls are quite smooth. you might also want to make sure the contractor is using a primer basecoat (maybe two coats if there are serious imperfections) and...
by spaceghost
Thu May 06, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Would you replace these?
Replies: 12
Views: 1996

Have you considered using nothing at all? Just remove the corrugated panels (and the sleepers which support the corrugations if they are there) and leave it open to the sky? It would make for a nice trellis. you could even add some additional members to provide more shade if you need it, say on the ...
by spaceghost
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Taco Bell founder Glen Bell dies at 86
Replies: 4
Views: 5195

Hah! My first job in an architecture office was at Neil Stanton Palmer. I interned there while in high school. When I say intern I mean organized their catalog library, ran prints (man those fumes and I was yelled at by Neil Palmer for rolling the drawings backwards so they would roll back on themse...
by spaceghost
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Aluminum Window retrofits!
Replies: 18
Views: 3852

It will be very difficult to find aluminium windows that match the existing windows. Most of the aluminium frame profiles have changed drastically from what was used in the 40s-60s. Many of the aluminium frames are now thermally broken, meaning the interior portion of the frame is separated from the...
by spaceghost
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Having trouble figuring out the front fence
Replies: 27
Views: 2458

don't know how this works with your budget but why not a hedge? create an outdoor room with green walls. you can grow the hedge as dense or airy as you like. you can put posts with cables running between them to work as a fence or if you want more protection a chainlink fence. the hedge can grow aro...
by spaceghost
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Beam Rot... what to do?
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

i am not a lawyer or realtor and did not intend on giving legal advice. on top all of that, the house i recently bought was sold as-is so the disclosures were merely a formality. i do not remember everything that was on that form but i do remember seeing a claim against homeowner's insurance.
by spaceghost
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Beam Rot... what to do?
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

without better photographs it is a little tough to see the extent of the damage or even how this beam fits into your overall structural system. i'd stop yelling at the insurance company, unless your deductible is under $2,000 (again just a guess, i am in los angeles and i cannot see the extent of th...
by spaceghost
Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Has anyone had Toxic Black Mold?
Replies: 5
Views: 1051

Look for areas where water is coming into your house. Leaky roof, missing sealant or flashing at windows, missing flashing on a vent, backed-up sewer, steam from shower? Usually if you can see or smell mold, you have a mold problem. There are no standards for testing and if sampled pretty much any l...
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