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by JXBrown
Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18246

Yikes! I'd be looking for a leak, too. My gas bill last month was $29! egads is right about the blinds. I was surprised (not that egads was right, I'm sure you're always right :D ). I thought that for decent insulation you needed those heavy, quilted or rigid foam shades, but it looks like honeycomb...
by JXBrown
Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: tar used in the foundation
Replies: 10
Views: 1890

There was a bit of interest at one time in sucking make-up air from the outside under the slab to condition it. The temperature of the ground is warmer than ambient air in the winter and cooler in the summer, so it makes sense to use that moderating influence to pre-condition the air before heating ...
by JXBrown
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18246

You get a lot more bang for your buck by going after the roof. You lose lots of heat through both roof and windows and you probably do lose more through the windows (per sq-ft, you lose more through windows, so it depends how much glazing you have vs. roof area). However, upgrading to even the very ...
by JXBrown
Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18246

You can't put a foam roof on your house? If you can, it should be more cost effective than replacing windows. Low-e glass improves heat transmission a bit, but it doesn't substitute for insulation. You can also put up low-e film until you put in double pane windows.
by JXBrown
Mon Nov 28, 2005 8:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fallingwater painted prior to sale
Replies: 15
Views: 3023

Wow! That had me going, too. Weren't the McMansions something? I can't believe that anyone would think that three people need 6800 sq-ft. The multi-zillionaires with 50,000 sq-ft houses don't bother me as much as the regular people with 5-10K sq-ft houses, somehow. The last two times we bought a hou...
by JXBrown
Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bisazza Sale!!
Replies: 11
Views: 4432

by JXBrown
Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help - painting and decorating a 1953 SOCAL ranch
Replies: 7
Views: 1872

Well, you aren't going to get any votes for crown molding here! We treasure our clean-lined 50s houses (mine is more Incredibles than Jetsons). What color is your furniture? That's the place to start for choosing wall colors.
by JXBrown
Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: insulating without ruining siding
Replies: 3
Views: 1800

They have to make a hole between each pair of studs, but I believe they can do it from inside. Patching drywall is easy and much more likely to give you a cosmetically acceptable result than making holes in your redwood siding. Blown in insulation should be available from just about any insulation c...
by JXBrown
Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid-century in Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 2340

Ooo, nifty house!
by JXBrown
Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cool Ceramic Tiles?
Replies: 35
Views: 13199

Or, if you didn't grout today, try Spectralock grout. It's very impervious to staining.
by JXBrown
Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cool Ceramic Tiles?
Replies: 35
Views: 13199

I bought something like the following at Home Expo for my newly retiled shower. It is much more pleasant to shower with one of these than with a curtain and much more pleasant to bathe than with sliding doors. Besides that, it'll show off your pretty tile. http://www.cesana.it/prodotti/blu/serie3000...
by JXBrown
Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cool Ceramic Tiles?
Replies: 35
Views: 13199

Gorgeous!
by JXBrown
Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: painted fireplace
Replies: 11
Views: 2468

We used PeelAway 7 for our ceiling. It should work although they have a masonry version too, I believe. You smear the goop on and cover it with some plasticized paper that they provide. Wait a couple of hours and peel the paper off. With luck all the goop peels off with the paper. Then you scrub off...
by JXBrown
Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: good modern garden resource
Replies: 15
Views: 4735

by JXBrown
Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 100 Ways to Improve Your Mid-Century Modern Home
Replies: 40
Views: 45245

As I drove home late this afternoon, I passed a neighbor's house that had -- in the space of one day -- had its cedar shingles removed and replaced with new Eichler siding. It still needs to be stained, but my, what an improvement!
by JXBrown
Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Backsplash Tile Options
Replies: 21
Views: 5220

by JXBrown
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Accent wall...MCM compliant?
Replies: 1
Views: 978

by JXBrown
Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom Fixtures: any good sites?
Replies: 14
Views: 3880

Chimay: You didn't get those cabinets at Ikea, too, did you? They're nifty. The period bathroom/kitchen problem comes up all the time in the context of remodeling and restoring houses of all eras. A bathroom is still pretty much a bathroom, but kitchens are used differently than they were 50 years a...
by JXBrown
Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern Patio Furntiure
Replies: 46
Views: 17704

I like this one:



Unfortunately, DH hates it.
by JXBrown
Fri Nov 04, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Saving hard wood flooring...
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

Well, this is kind of a non-reply, but when I had some remodeling done (a "dressing area" merged into a larger bathroom"), I told the contractor that I wanted to save the flooring and he said, "of course, you might need it for repairs". The guys who gutted the bathroom and removed the wall and floor...
by JXBrown
Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Weekend Projects
Replies: 99
Views: 51247

I figured out how to use the picture machine! Here is the progress on the ceiling. Before: [img][img]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y63/JXBrown/110-1004_IMG.jpg[/img] During: [img][img]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y63/JXBrown/110-1005_IMG.jpg[/img] After (the white stuff between the boards is ...
by JXBrown
Sun Oct 23, 2005 9:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help. My 'new' house is too dark
Replies: 48
Views: 17570

Deleted - wrong thread.
by JXBrown
Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Weekend Projects
Replies: 99
Views: 51247

I don't have any pictures, but we've stripped the white paint off of our redwood ceiling. I sponged a coat of the original stain color, Cabot Dune Gray, on the ceiling of the bedroom and it looks great. Now all I need to do is the rest of the house. Yuck. It's drippy, splattery, sticky, and stinky. ...
by JXBrown
Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:57 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Looking for big, centered, round door locks...
Replies: 9
Views: 2443

We bought one from our neighbor who is a machinist and who makes a very nice copy or an original Eichler knob and sells it with a new knob and lockset extension. The quality is very nice. He can be reached at thinkmat@aol.com. I also have a 6x8" brass bamboo escutcheon from Hong Kong and a matching ...
by JXBrown
Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help. My 'new' house is too dark
Replies: 48
Views: 17570

Having stripped what feels like acres of an Eichler ceiling, I can assure you that Eichlers do indeed have redwood 2x6" tongue and groove ceiling. I can also state that putting the stain back on the ceiling is even worse than stripping the paint off. In fact, I sincerely hope that I never have to in...
by JXBrown
Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM exterior light fixtures?
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

My solution wasn't authentically 1950s, but I like what I did and given the price, when I get tired of it, I won't feel bad about replacing it. I replaced my inappropriate lights with round "mushroom" ceiling fixtures with circular fluorescent bulbs. They cost $23 including the bulb at HD, are rated...
by JXBrown
Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom ideas?
Replies: 113
Views: 126613

I vote with the Chimay school. There are certainly more luxurious materials that are appropriate for the modern aesthetic. I respect that there are some people who lean toward maintaing a museum piece, but that's just not for me. Anyway, I'm sure that FLW would certainly have used granite and stone ...
by JXBrown
Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32486

We just ordered the Fritztile from X.O. Home Design in Laguna Niguel.
by JXBrown
Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32486

Yes, $10 installed. It's $6 from fastfloors.com and $3/sq-ft to install or I got one dealer to come out and give me an estimate and he started at $12/sq-ft installed and I talked him down to $10. He wanted to install frilly, fancy baseboards too, instead of my narrow little strips of mahogany. Yikes...
by JXBrown
Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32486

The best that I've been able to find is $10/sq-ft which is comparable with tile and quite a bit more expensive than VCT. What prices have you found and where?

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