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by johnnyapollo
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Please Help With My Exterior Paint Colors
Replies: 10
Views: 8090

Looks like the windows have been replaced too? They're taller in the rendering and it changes the overall look.
by johnnyapollo
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: So a strange question about "dirty raindrop bounce"
Replies: 10
Views: 8396

It's less about the weight and more about the amount of water that fills the channel - once it overfills you're back to square one. A very narrow channel will overfill quickly - wider channels will allow for more time for the water to hit a downspout or rain-chain. I've had friends use rain louvers ...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A New Venture
Replies: 64
Views: 31778

by johnnyapollo
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A New Venture
Replies: 64
Views: 31778

I'm a little bugged by the built-in - seems like the cabinet edges should match the lines in the wall. However I'm being extremely nitpicky, everything you've done is really fantastic and showcases what can be done with time and talent. Kudos!

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style is this house?
Replies: 1
Views: 4860

Looks Deco to me
by johnnyapollo
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:30 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Removing oil based paint from knotty pine 6x10 beams
Replies: 2
Views: 5287

One thought - I know from experience that often the beams and ceiling are painted to hide stains and damage - don't be surprised. For removal, using one of the wrapping techniques with a natural product may be preferable to using traditional paint stripper, mostly due to the odor and gasses produced...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What style home is this exactly?
Replies: 26
Views: 11374

If you can live with the brick color, don't paint it. Painted brick creates a maintenance nightmare for something that has very little maintenance - right now it's a bit "faddish" to paint the brick white or light colored, but as with many things, fads change and you may regret the choice ...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pergola...
Replies: 9
Views: 8504

Nice Rob!

I've been thinking of something similar for our patio...

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid-Century Modern housing designs vs children
Replies: 10
Views: 7245

by johnnyapollo
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Two guys making concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 2982

For DIY I've seen blocks successfully made using silicone or similar molds. You first make a reverse from an original pattern then cast a two piece mold in silicone that's supported so the sides don't blow out. Fill with concrete mix and use a small vibrating sander to get the mix consistent. Let dr...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoring a Slate Floor?
Replies: 8
Views: 2681

Thanks for clarifying. I'm going to order some and try it on some wood projects - I'd like to see how it finishes... Edit: Ordered both the light and dark. I'll report in after I try it out... Edit2: Update - got the bottles in the mail, super quick shipping. I like the smell and will let you know h...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoring a Slate Floor?
Replies: 8
Views: 2681

"Pure Tung Oil" or something called Tung Oil? Only asking as most of those products called Tung Oil have little or no actual tung oil in them (the "real thing" takes a long time to dry). Even the classic "Formby's" is a mix of various finishing materials and chemical dr...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoring a Slate Floor?
Replies: 8
Views: 2681

Personally I've found it very hard to seal slate floors - I've had several friends who have had that beautiful jade green slate that decided to rip it up because it was so hard to keep clean. The maintenance is a nightmare. I think it's more due to the material itself. Slate tends to sheet off much ...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mahogany paneled walls - how to?
Replies: 6
Views: 4079

The traditional method on 1/4" plywood paneling is to use panel nails - these are long skinny nails with small heads and ridges on the shaft to prevent them from pulling out easy - they are usually painted to match the panel color. The surface friction of the lightweight panel transfers the wei...
by johnnyapollo
Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Rancho Riconda - tragic tale of a Cliff May neighborhood
Replies: 3
Views: 2381

Made me get the taste of bile inside my mouth...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 12164

Easy to bring down the gloss using 4# steel wool (until you get the satin you're looking for), then applying the wax but not buffing it to a high sheen. Otherwise wax alone won't dull the finish much once it's wiped.
by johnnyapollo
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Electric Radiant Heating & THermostat HELP NeeDeD!!
Replies: 8
Views: 5286

I don't believe (but haven't researched it yet) that the Nest will work on multi-stage delivery systems. My Trane unit is two stage - supposedly more efficient (it basically allows a trickle of air-flow most of the time, only accelerating the air when the temps change too drastically). Most regular ...
by johnnyapollo
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Electric Radiant Heating & THermostat HELP NeeDeD!!
Replies: 8
Views: 5286

Growing up in Clarksville, TN - our newly built 4-sided brick ranch had radiant ceiling heat - apparently it was all the rage in the late 60's locally. In our house each room had its own thermostat near the door that also turned the heat on for the room - terribly inefficient as I recall - it would ...
by johnnyapollo
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 12164

It appears to be a thin coat of dewaxed shellac (I'm thinking a wipe-on finish as the term "satin" indicates it's not high-gloss - the more you thin the less glossy as there is less actual shellac applied to the substrate). Regarding Satinlac - found this ad from a 1958 Popular Science Mag...
by johnnyapollo
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ok, just a little carport brainstorming....
Replies: 8
Views: 2892

To add to SDR's post - here's a shot of my carport which gives my home a "butterfly and a half"

Image

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home Interior Restoration (Wood) Help
Replies: 22
Views: 12164

I usually do a very thin coat of dewaxed shellac as a foundation coat - this can be wiped on and dries very quickly. I sometimes do an additional coat if there are any "buggers" in the finish, first sanding out the imperfections using 400 grit wet/dry paper with water). The good thing abou...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Home shopping
Replies: 8
Views: 2792

Lots of potential in that house - the most distracting element is the entryway, which could be reworked. I think it certainly could be made "more MCM" but really, think more about the floorplan, size of rooms and general arrangement of the building to the pool, etc and make your dceision b...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Front Door Color
Replies: 9
Views: 3215

We went back-and-forth on the door color (right now it's still painted a primer, light gray-to-white). My wife wanted a richer color than your typical orange but she's tending towards yellow. We got a bunch of swatches then cut them into the shape of the door. Stand outside holding the swatch over t...
by johnnyapollo
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Decorative Block/Stone Screens via 3D Printing
Replies: 1
Views: 1651

Great article - thanks for posting! Giving me some ideas...

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Atlanta, GA. 1959 Ken Johnson $1,395,000
Replies: 8
Views: 3449

I hadn't been by there in a while, so I had no idea. We spend so much time tearing down everything in Atlanta and replacing with ugliness.
by johnnyapollo
Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Atlanta, GA. 1959 Ken Johnson $1,395,000
Replies: 8
Views: 3449

Our local chapter of DOCOMOMO has been trying to save the C&S Bank he designed on Moreland Ave:

http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/201 ... and-avenue

The home in the ad is beautiful!

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: nice publication on ranch houses in georgia
Replies: 1
Views: 1374

I attended Richard Clues' lecture on same (much of the same source material was presented). He's also done a lecture on the modern split-level which is also available from the same site.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Home addition (finally back to work)...
Replies: 15
Views: 4105

I've communicated with Ryan via email a few times (he was one of Robert Green's draftsman) and he seems a great guy. I think you'll do well with him and I also think he'll bring much to the table.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: FLW's Auld Brass
Replies: 2
Views: 1847


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