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by pgharchfan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED lighting
Replies: 21
Views: 4719

Yeah.... You want a 35 degree beam spread maximum to get the light downward and not illuminate your roof. (that's why you need optics). Your existing PAR reflector-ized lamps even have some optics to them... like a headlight. And you want warmer white... something around 3000K. Otherwise it will loo...
by pgharchfan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED lighting
Replies: 21
Views: 4719

Uhh... get a sample of what he's selling before you move ahead. This is a stock fixture body where there's a retrofit LED array. I would be concerned about color temperature of the light and longevity with heat from the driver since the fixture isn't a "from the ground up" LED design with ...
by pgharchfan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED lighting
Replies: 21
Views: 4719

For wattage with LED, you'll look for something that's about 70% less than the regular incandescent wattage. That will give you approximately the same lumen output. So a 20 watt MR-16 becomes about a 3 watt LED. An example of an inexpensive long life fixture that could do the job is a 12 watt LED wi...
by pgharchfan
Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Slate floor gloss sealer
Replies: 3
Views: 668

I spent several winter breaks from college applying a product called Stonyl to a neighbors slate flooring. As I recall it came from a slate flooring company.

I think we applied it every other year.

Gee, I miss those days....
by pgharchfan
Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Grand Rapids, Mich. Nice modern 304,900usd
Replies: 1
Views: 743

The neighborhood is good. It's one of the few contemporary designs. I used to walk past it every day on the way home from school.
by pgharchfan
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Houston, TX - All MCM's all areas, $74,900 to $4,000,000
Replies: 8
Views: 2329

State income tax in California tops out around 9-10%, property tax is usually about 1.5% of assessed value.

Property tax in Texas is around 2.5% of assessed value, minus exemptions.

Do the math, TX is still a bargain.
by pgharchfan
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Why is is so hard to find the matching white laminate
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Looks like we have the same vintage laminates. Mine was Ivory Formica, but with a different surface texture than they offer now. The old look is no longer in production. Both Wilsonart and Formica sent samples for free which were helpful. There is also a company called Arup USA that seems to have mo...
by pgharchfan
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Houston Atomic Ranch New Landscape/Hardscape
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Vista has some low-voltage styles that match up to the early line-voltage fixtures. They offer about a dozen different finishes as well, including some of the verde looks that were popular. Almost all are available in low-wattage low voltage halogen or warm white LED (3 watts!) http://www.vistapro.c...
by pgharchfan
Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Slide-show essay about the architecture of Eero Saarinen.
Replies: 4
Views: 632

I had the pleasure of a tour of the Deere HQ building about 2 years ago when on a business assignment. The interiors are wonderfully intact as well. The art collection is eclectic and impressive. If you are in the Moline area, it is worth a visit. The showroom and auditorium are open to the public. ...
by pgharchfan
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Houston, TX "House of Formica", innovative modern
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Houston, TX "House of Formica", innovative modern

Foreclosure on a large lot in a well-respected neighborhood. Unusual design for the Stephens family, the distributors of Formica in Houston in the 1960's and 1970's. Prime location makes this a potential tear-down unless a mod-enthusiast buyer is found. Listing http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearc...
by pgharchfan
Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: PARASOL TO REOPEN AS MEL'S DRIVE-IN
Replies: 33
Views: 8567

by pgharchfan
Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:15 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Houston, TX Glenbrook's MCM crown jewel!!! 3400 sq ft mod
Replies: 9
Views: 2687

Sold

The sold sign has gone up on 7911 Santa Elena. Hope its a mod-friendly buyer.
by pgharchfan
Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Earl Ables Razed
Replies: 16
Views: 10694

Stopped for Lunch Today

Was in town so I found the new location. Yes, bland strip mall. They did bring along the furnishings and fixtures from the old place. The old neon monument sign is up in the parking lot. There are some great historical photos on the hallway leading to the restrooms - check them out. There seemed to ...
by pgharchfan
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Bartlesville, OK 1963 Bruce Goff Fichette Residence
Replies: 6
Views: 1890

Bartlesville 1963 Bruce Goff Ranch Home

Bartlesville was primarily an oil town. For a long time, it was the headquarters of Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips, based in Houston) and the Price Company (which built the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Price Tower skyscraper in downtown Bartlesville). Bruce Goff had an office in the tower for...
by pgharchfan
Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Bartlesville, OK 1963 Bruce Goff Fichette Residence
Replies: 6
Views: 1890

Bartlesville, OK 1963 Bruce Goff Fichette Residence

A well-preserved "minimalist" Goff ranch home is on the market for $142,000

http://www.realtor.com/Prop/1068041901

(I am not the seller)
by pgharchfan
Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Earl Ables Razed
Replies: 16
Views: 10694

Earl Abels

I've forgetten all of the quotes that they had on the wall, but this one springs to mind:

"Eating keeps you able. Eating here keeps Earl Abel."

I was counting on having some fried chicken on a business trip to San Antonio in November. :cry:
by pgharchfan
Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mies Van Der Rohe Townhouses - Detroit
Replies: 4
Views: 1654

Townhouse pricing

The townhouses sell for around $130,000 because you are buying the prior owner's equity against the master mortgage. (The property is a co-op.) You will pay monthly maintenance of around $700/month on the typical unit which includes the unit's share of the continued payments on the mortgage and the ...
by pgharchfan
Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Millard Sheets art to be lost in Dallas demolition??
Replies: 5
Views: 1368

Developer's funds save Merc mosaics

Developer's funds save Merc mosaics Dallas: $270,000 project will extract, preserve historic downtown art 12:00 AM CST on Thursday, December 22, 2005 By EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News Dallas-based investor turned downtown developer Tim Headington will foot the more than $270,000 bill to ext...
by pgharchfan
Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rainbird headquarters Threatened?
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Rain Bird Building

Yes, I know several insiders.

The building is at 145 North Grand Avenue in Glendora for those that want to do a drive-by.
by pgharchfan
Sun Oct 17, 2004 1:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rainbird headquarters Threatened?
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Rain Bird abandoning Glendora

Rain Bird is moving their corporate HQ to Tucson, closer to where their manufacturing facilities are in Mexico. The white building currently holds remnants of their administrative offices and their international division. The local execs, including company owner Anthony LaFetra, operate out of offic...
by pgharchfan
Sun Jun 06, 2004 11:19 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: L.A. Mid-Century Modern in Dallas, TX?
Replies: 11
Views: 6654

Dallas Mid-Century Modern Buildings

To add a couple more to the list from a recent visit to Dallas: William Tabler's Dallas Statler Hilton (most recently the Dallas Grand Hotel) downtown. And a high-rise I discovered at 511 N. Ackard, downtown Dallas. Looks like it is slated for demolition to make way for yuppie condos. I also recomme...

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