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by JXBrown
Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

More Fritztile

by JXBrown
Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Atrium Gardening
Replies: 5
Views: 2102

by JXBrown
Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

trufolsom, I would think that your color choice might also influence your choice of materials. I would be hesitant to grout a large area of floor with a light color grout, so it would probably be more practical to use the butt jointed and grout-less Fritztile if you want a light color. Also, the mor...
by JXBrown
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

You bet that cracking can be a problem when tile or stone or, in this case, cement tiles are installed over a wood subfloor. The excellent guys over at the John Bridge Tile Forum can advise on appropriate structural, subfloor, and application procedures to prevent cracking. That's one of the argumen...
by JXBrown
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

Mall find!

I stopped at the mall to run a few errands today. As I walked into a shop, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the entrance was terrazzo, but then I looked a little closer and guess what I found? The edge of one Fritztile had been chipped off, but otherwise it looked fine and seems to have wi...
by JXBrown
Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

Sounds gorgeous trufolsom. We just sold a rather boring ranch on a nice big canyon lot like yours and I really miss watching the wildlife (I had a couple of hens, so I saw a lot of predators...) if not the constant anti-rodent vigilance. I've seen a sample board mounted with four tiles of Fritztile....
by JXBrown
Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

I'm about to go with the Fritztile because I haven't been able to find out much about the Wausau and even the Fritztile is pretty expensive for an entire house. I've got the price down to $9/sq-ft installed, but no one seems to have any experience installing the stuff. We have a lot of mahogany pane...
by JXBrown
Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

by JXBrown
Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Has anyone done cork floors?
Replies: 57
Views: 29101

Glue down is trickier. I have personally installed a floating cork floor in my kitchen and it was quite simple. It only took about half a day. However, a floating floor would be a little less efficient with your radiant heat. I also found that the floor was a little fragile. Atter two years there we...
by JXBrown
Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Terrazzo alternative?
Replies: 105
Views: 32519

I finally found a flooring dealer in Laguna Niguel who had some Fritztile samples that are larger than the little chunks I have. I thought they looked pretty good, but he quoted me $12-13/sq-ft installed which is more than I want to spend. FastFloors.com has it for $6.13/sq-ft delivered, so now I ha...
by JXBrown
Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Are these plans similar to Wright, Eichler, MCM
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

I like my atrium and so do my dogs which is kind of funny since they have a dog door and normally only go outside for bathroom needs and occasional cat clearance. We have a dining area/kitchen, living room and one bedroom that open on the atrium and only one hallway along the fourth side which makes...
by JXBrown
Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: looking for a simple MAILSLOT
Replies: 20
Views: 3676

There is also the ever useful .
by JXBrown
Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: looking for a simple MAILSLOT
Replies: 20
Views: 3676

by JXBrown
Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To Beam or Not To Beam...
Replies: 17
Views: 3372

by JXBrown
Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Midcentury Renovation: kitchen cabinet suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 4914

Just to clarify, Kraftmaid has a new line, "Venicia", which is frameless, European style cabinets with modern styling.
by JXBrown
Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Midcentury Renovation: kitchen cabinet suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 4914

Yikes, $17K??

Ikea can set you up with an installer who charges somewhere in the $75-100/cabinet, if you don't want to install them yourself. I installed an entire kitchen by my middle aged, female self some years ago. It was a pretty easy job and I understand that Ikea cabinets are easier. As far as the quality ...
by JXBrown
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Midcentury Renovation: kitchen cabinet suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 4914

The Kraftmaid Venicia (that's the correct spelling) does offer a large number of colors, but there isn't much information on line. Lowe's should have complete information available sometime this month. They were able to do the kitchen design for me although the KD said it was the first time he used ...
by JXBrown
Wed Jul 13, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Midcentury Renovation: kitchen cabinet suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 4914

A few more suggestions

Kraftmaid has a new "European" cabinet line, Venezia, with wider variety in cabinet features and door selection than Ikea. Prices are higher, but not outrageous. Our new kitchen is $7500 whereas the Ikea cabs priced out at about half that. Lowe's carries the new line, but not HD. A lot of custom cab...
by JXBrown
Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Real terrazo tile?
Replies: 7
Views: 2651

Was it grouted? If it wasn't grouted, then it probably was Fritztile.

Try this one:
by JXBrown
Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sand blasting ceilings?
Replies: 54
Views: 10014

Yes, no way that you could sand the ceiling. I'm using a palm sander (2 lbs) to clean up the edges of the boards after chemical stripping. It doesn't remove much material. Also remember that lead wasn't removed completely from paint until 1984, so the dust from sanding should be regarded warily. Eic...
by JXBrown
Tue May 31, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sand blasting ceilings?
Replies: 54
Views: 10014

We're planning on dark brown beams with taupe semi-transparent stain on the ceiling like they were originally finished.
by JXBrown
Tue May 31, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sand blasting ceilings?
Replies: 54
Views: 10014

bitzala: We're working on stripping our ceilings. It's not easy. We're using Peelaway 7 and sanding the residue. Heat stripping didn't work very well because we've only got 1-2 coats of paint and heat is apparently better on thick layers of paint. Buy yourself a good scaffolding. They are safer than...
by JXBrown
Sat May 28, 2005 8:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Vintage Bomb Shelter
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

I had one

I used to have a 1928 house in a very fancy neighborhood purchased from the estate of the original owner. I have to admit that I considered the bomb shelter a bit of a liability. It wouldn't have been to appealing as a lounge although had I collected wine it would have been just dandy.
by JXBrown
Fri May 27, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: and the landscaping begins....
Replies: 82
Views: 13200

I agree about the Japanese maple although I have one that's doing well in the shade in Orange which surprised me. Another possibility might be western redbud "Forest Pansy".
by JXBrown
Thu May 26, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 100 Ways to Screw Up Your Mid-Century Modern Home
Replies: 237
Views: 228074

1) Adding a steeper roof on top of your flat or shallow pitched roof. 2) Ornate front door. (Etched glass windows) 3) Adding a second story. 4) Putting in a country kitchen. 5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door (pic incl) 6) Adding vinyl ...
by JXBrown
Sun May 15, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crying Wood Beam
Replies: 7
Views: 1183

No, it's not rot. You have a roof leak and that water is coming from somewhere.
by JXBrown
Sun May 15, 2005 7:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Questions Meet With Blank Stairs
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

I didn't have to contend with stairs, but I did have a change in height when I installed a floating cork floor. I bought an oak reducer strip to transition to the oak floor. I bought it from HD and I think it was a "Bruce" product.
by JXBrown
Thu May 05, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mod vs Mc ... building costs.
Replies: 39
Views: 5930

I agree

We have looked at new houses twice in the last three years. Yuck. Sarah Susanka has sold a lot of books about "not so big houses" any one of which is bigger than I actually need. It seems like there should be a niche for childless, non-poor couples and other book-buyers who don't need a giant house....
by JXBrown
Thu Apr 28, 2005 10:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Kinda wierd question...
Replies: 6
Views: 1476

Sounds like a little mildew, maybe? Is it in the shade? If it's mildew, try scrubbing with a little bleach.
by JXBrown
Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bamboo - Sound Advice?
Replies: 28
Views: 6600

Here are the fountains that I covet:



We've lived in a house whose yard backs up onto a busy street. Planting anything evergreen and fast growing will help.

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