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by SDR
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: New Listing - Mid-Century Modern Home in Fallbrook CA
Replies: 3
Views: 4238

It was a nice little rambler until someone dropped a bedroom on top of it ?


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by SDR
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Landscaping : A how-to guide.
Replies: 25
Views: 7269

Why ever not ? Plastic is just another material, to be used where it's effective. Nature makes resins, and man imitated nature when he learned to manipulate natural material to make synthetic resins. There are those who believe, in fact, that we should be reserving petroleum to make the best plastic...
by SDR
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: I finally own one! (I think)
Replies: 2
Views: 3833

Congrats. Nice lookin' ! Love the brick, and the neat-o garage glazing. As this is not a typical MCM ranch, some updated graphics would be appropriate: modern metal house numerals, perhaps attached to the brick near the entrance beneath the first window ? Of course the paneled entrance doors and sur...
by SDR
Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bd737e61a90bc76aede8dd082&id=9befb07bbc&e=TrCH80i8Po Here's an example of a horizontal-board modernist fence. The spacing here is a bit larger than yours, which has maybe a 90 percent opaqueness factor. An alternate giving 100º + coverage is one where ther...
by SDR
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

Yeah -- A little off-center to the left, say at the 1/3 point (center of number set), but on the same level as now. I like the horizontal-board texture, and the color . . . !


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by SDR
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

Excellent ! Good ideas all around. (A knowing modern touch would be to place the numerals off-center, echoing the slight asymmetry of the house ? But I imagine you played with that.) Why does the porch roof seem to be rising, to its supported corner ? Put a level on that for me, will you ? Keep up t...
by SDR
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

Right. By which we typically mean a plain solid-core slab, without perforations or glass (except in certain cases), painted appropriately or clear-finished with or without stain. Plain knobset in finish to match hinges and other hardware -- possible escutcheon options. Lever handles a reasonable upd...
by SDR
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LA dingbats celebrated anew
Replies: 6
Views: 3102

Thanks. Lots for Jack via Google; nothing on Sam. I would have expected a lot of these boxes to have unknown designers -- or no designer on record ?


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by SDR
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LA dingbats celebrated anew
Replies: 6
Views: 3102

My old Guide to Architecture in LA (1982) mentions only a 1968 "stilted pavilion" in Pasadena, for Hank Bissner, and nothing at all for Zook or Lopez -- a sign that we're advancing in our interest if this architectural subset ?

More ! More !

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by SDR
Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: How ya fixed for blades!
Replies: 9
Views: 2862

Any time . . .
by SDR
Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

The potted plant photos look good. I'm especially happy to see those beds of gravel or crushed rock.


All my favorite modernists are romantics -- of course . . .


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by SDR
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

Thanks, TerriLynn and egads. While the Prairie (i.e., Wright) influence is clear in my intervention, the introduction of vertical elements like the sliding shutters and a possible matching fence are reminiscent of other modernist influences -- starting (like the Prairie School) fifty years before th...
by SDR
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

TerriLynn wrote, "I am looking to do two things, bring back some of the original intent of the house design, but also modernize(edited: midcentury modernize I mean) it a little. I really wanted an MCM, preferably one of the Cliff May's over in north east Dallas, but it didnt work out. So I am t...
by SDR
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

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by SDR
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

http://sdrdesign.com/lynn7.jpg A deep-dusk view of Lynn's brick bungalow, with added woodwork. Stationary/sliding window screens optional. Plantings below the new "chair rail" (and its own shadow) would largely obscure the discolored brick. The rail becomes a low porch railing at the cent...
by SDR
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

Stay tuned -- something is happening with this neat little house. I've got the bug (having finally re-read Lynn's very first post -- try it, you'll like it !) to bring a little Modern to the game. Give me a couple hrs at the boards. . .

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by SDR
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Dave Brubeck's MCM House
Replies: 4
Views: 4930

Interesting added story details:

http://www.jazzwax.com/2010/02/bev-thor ... igner.html

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by SDR
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie, Intro
Replies: 37
Views: 11693

The new owner won't want to hear this -- nor will the orthodox modernist reader -- but I believe this neat little house was designed with shutters and gutters in mind. Look at the windows now -- floating uncomfortably in their brick fields, with nothing to tie them to other elements in the compositi...
by SDR
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pergola...
Replies: 9
Views: 5315

I like yours better -- the pieces are more robust.


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by SDR
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pergola...
Replies: 9
Views: 5315

Excellent ! Well done . . .


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by SDR
Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style home is this exactly?
Replies: 26
Views: 5963

My great-grandmother and her sister were shopping in one of Milwaukee's best stores, in the millinery department. GGM asked the saleswoman why the most expensive hats seemed to have the least amount of decoration -- fruit, feathers, etc. Replied the woman, "Madame -- you pay for the restraint !...
by SDR
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style home is this exactly?
Replies: 26
Views: 5963

Very good. It's the hope of every connoisseur to find an object in as near to original condition as possible. Congratulations ! I look forward to seeing what you are able to do with this interesting home . . .

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by SDR
Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style home is this exactly?
Replies: 26
Views: 5963

It is a surprise to see brick and (veneer) stone used together in the same structure; architects usually employ a single masonry material throughout, as a prime example of consistency and unity -- a staple of modern design. I would have thought that your fireplace had its stone added by a subsequent...
by SDR
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style home is this exactly?
Replies: 26
Views: 5963

Your Photoshop work shows an improved house in almost every way. However, I must add my voice to those who counsel against painting masonry materials like brick and stone. The natural variation in tone from one brick to the next -- and the textures of these materials -- will be lost, while any devia...
by SDR
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pergola...
Replies: 9
Views: 5315

Really nice, Robb. What does the carpenter say about sealing vs leaving it to weather ? What will the seal coat look like in a year -- or two ? Would an oil, applied every 3-4 years, look better than a film coat ? White cedar turns silver, red turns brown. I can't tell what this is. Sure looks nice,...
by SDR
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Who built my home?
Replies: 3
Views: 3694

A substantial and impressive home, in its original form. The large "box" addition is unfortunate, perhaps -- yet a great deal of effort has been made, given the mismatch in form, to integrate the two halves of the thing by means of material and color. The brickwork of the addition was wrap...
by SDR
Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Forgotten Carter Sparks Gem Awaits its Fate
Replies: 5
Views: 3751

An organic sympathy wedded to a constructivist exuberance. What's not to like -- as long as it's built to keep the rain out ?

Let's hope the new owner brings it back -- it would be the high point of any year's Reborn Modernism !

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by SDR
Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid-Century Modern housing designs vs children
Replies: 10
Views: 4403

That's how it's always worked, with children -- in my experience. Now we've entered a new phase of paranoia/obsession, or something, and people seem to believe they're entitled both to complete freedom and to complete protection from harm -- and the hazards seem to multiply. Plastics of all sorts ar...

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