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by bitzala
Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

Ah, SDR-- not so widely read. Just perusing my usual websites in the morning that include articles from papers all over the globe. Very little work involved on my part.

Ingrediants of Mud Pie ice cream? I'm not sure. The Chart House has a mud pie: Chocolate crust and coffee ice cream.
by bitzala
Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Low-Sheen VS. Flat Paint?
Replies: 15
Views: 2922

Stephen-- I support you in changing out the "crap brown" in your office. I can see the sheen, even in the photo. I like orange. Our house's body color does looks almost flat to me... and the prep they did was pretty extreme, so there aren't a lot of annoying flaws standing out in places th...
by bitzala
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Low-Sheen VS. Flat Paint?
Replies: 15
Views: 2922

Thanks so much to all for weighing in on the paint issue. I've been battling this issue with painters for 10 years... they always push the sheen for some reason. Good to know that I'm in good company favoring flat. I noticed the pearly look on the beams as they started to put the low-sheen up yester...
by bitzala
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

You're the most (as they used to say). Yeah? Well, you're the National Gallery, SDR! (in the words of Cole Porter)

Someone else who loves "mud pie": http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006 ... 578036.htm
by bitzala
Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Low-Sheen VS. Flat Paint?
Replies: 15
Views: 2922

BOXOUTBM-- thank you! It's good to hear that there is some consistency in the advice that's floating about. Although I personally kind of like that "chalky" look, it's not worth it if the color fades more quickly.
by bitzala
Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

Thanks for your thoughts on the paint, SDR.

For the moment, we will do all the trim in body color to be on the safe side. And then use one of these techniques to play with possibility of mud pie, if monochrome looks plastic, as you warned earlier.
by bitzala
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

by bitzala
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Low-Sheen VS. Flat Paint?
Replies: 15
Views: 2922

Low-Sheen VS. Flat Paint?

I've always gone with flat paint on any surface, against the advice of my painters. Our current painter is strongly pushing low-sheet over flat on the exterior of our home and insists the differences are minimal, plus it's longer-lasting. Any compelling reason for using low-sheen over flat? Especial...
by bitzala
Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

MPM-- as always, your insight is invaluable. Thanks for thinking this through with me. The missing tooth. Yes, that's it. In our case, it's more like snaggle tooth. :) To be continued... Joe-- your house looks perfect in back. And I agree, one color is soothing on the eyes. RE: the link of the house...
by bitzala
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

Hi, Stephen-- "Bitz-a-la" is the correct pronunciation, although I got quite a kick out of your creative alternative, bitzuh-LA. (It's one of many nicknames my husband has assigned to me, all begining with the root, "bitz".) Thank you for the general guidelines and the pics to su...
by bitzala
Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

oops-- just edited my earlier post: Meant to write muddy grey , not muddy brown. egads-- thanks, once again. Your willingness to visualize is much appreciated. :D Joe: Are your other doors the same color as your exterior walls? MPM: An interesting question: Above all three sets of panes, the beams a...
by bitzala
Sun Apr 23, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

Thanks egads and Joe-- you were very helpful! A follow-up question, if you'll please indulge me. (I know my Qs are tedious, which is why pics are preferred.) Three different rooms have large pane glass windows (thirteen total), separated by posts that are 6" wide x 9' high. These windows are ca...
by bitzala
Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Paint question: Pop vs Blend?
Replies: 39
Views: 9634

Paint question: Pop vs Blend?

Hello-- I apologize in advance for no photos. I know it's annoying. We're about to start painting tomorrow and remain undecided about how to paint the exterior trim around our windows. (I've looked at scores of mcm photos, but can't find any homes with T&G siding and obvious trim like ours.) Our...
by bitzala
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Woman to build house out of 747
Replies: 2
Views: 688

thanks, MD. Your mid-century spin on the 747 is interesting to me. I know it's a contemporary home, but somehow, it does have a retro feel to me.
by bitzala
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: ARCHITECT WANTED
Replies: 4
Views: 1675

spyellow:

Here's an architect that specializes in mid-century remodel and restoration projects. She's up in West L.A., but perhaps she could give you a Laguna referral? http://www.corybuckner.com/

Good luck.
by bitzala
Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Woman to build house out of 747
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Woman to build house out of 747

Very modern looking home, with ocean views, built out of an airplane:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4926216.stm
by bitzala
Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

moderns-r-us: Thanks :D

SIB723: Well, it's not my friends. They were scratching their heads, wondering the same thing... the 2 alone was going to do them in.
by bitzala
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Admittedly, we wouldn't be replacing our old reed glass if our contractor wasn't making us use tempered on a new panel. We were told that the non-tempered and tempered wouldn't match, so we opted to change it all out for aesthetic reasons. But, after giving it some thought, I am more comfortable rep...
by bitzala
Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Boxoutbm-- you're right, the glass does make a lot of people nervous. We have quite a bit of it and had to create strict rules to ensure that everyone stays safe. Especially when we have a house full of wild 7 & 8 year old boys running around and chasing each other with light sabers. We're also ...
by bitzala
Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

Craig-- my friends said the inside had some very "decorative" touches that wouldn't show well in pictures: Vines, made of artificial material, were wrapped around the beams and there were gnomes everywhere, inside and out. They surmised that the realtor avoided inside photos for this reaso...
by bitzala
Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

You're right, Chimay-- the house is untouched and in near perfect condition... although it does need some paint, I'm told. I haven't seen it, but had dinner last week with friends who were just there. The husband is pulling his hair out, he so loved the home. (He grew up in a Homer Delawie designed ...
by bitzala
Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 5709

San Marino, CA Buff & Hensman post & beam for sale

http://www.realtor.com/FindHome/HomeListing.asp?frm=byxmls&xlid=1057063558&fh=on&lnksrc=feathome&poe=realtor[url] http://www.californiamoves.com/property/propertydetails.aspx?propertyguid=a87a4ed4-1a08-40a2-8289-487fd88cf25e&rpp=10&sort1=listprice&mls=&thumbs=1&PT...
by bitzala
Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chimay & other P&B dwellers RE: UTILITIES
Replies: 52
Views: 18274

A happy ending to our utilities nightmare-- Our gas bill was $42 last month, down from a high of $650. Remedy: New filters and a MoneyPitModern solution: Shutting the doors to big, unused rooms at night, so the temperature sensor is only picking up ques from the hallways adjacent to bedrooms. Electr...
by bitzala
Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Novice who just bought an MCM home
Replies: 33
Views: 9846

hey, Chimay-- I couldn't resist chiming in. I agree, child-proofing is definitely big business, often taking advantage of new parents' paranoia about keeping "junior" alive. We were suckers and bought everything they offered-- in retrospect, we didn't need it all, but maybe about 1/3 of th...
by bitzala
Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fence Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

MarinModern & SDR-- Thanks so much for the input. Cal's guys built a double gate without cross bars, but I believe the gates are what you would call "welded", SDR. They built the frames out of steel, then added the redwood slats. One of the gates has a steel bar at the bottom that goes...
by bitzala
Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fence Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

MarinModern-- It sounds like I'm in good company with the dreadful fence contractor. Believe it or not, Cal was actually going to use "rough cut" douglas fir of varying widths for the slats-- some 1x2, some 1x1, etc. And he wasn't going to plane it at all... just thought he'd nail it up th...
by bitzala
Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fence Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

Joe & Chimay-- thanks so much for your responses. I appreciate your support. I asked Cal to put out his cigarette :wink: -- then I strapped him in my car and drove him over to a house in our area with a fence that is similar to what I want. (Yes, I had given him the pics of Roxy's fence when we ...
by bitzala
Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fence Question
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

Fence Question

I could use some help! Cal, the fence guy, is here at our house right now. He was about to build a wood fence for us, but I asked him to stop his work when I saw the wood he was about to use. The fence we're building was inspired by a fence that a neighbor built-- also reminiscent of the fence that ...
by bitzala
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Spray-on Foam Roof in Los Angeles?
Replies: 33
Views: 16987

Hi, Paul--

I am in the process of collecting bids from SPF people in our area.

I called the manufacturer of SPF to get the names of people who are reliable:

1) D & L Roofing 661-816-1312

2) Wiltshire Urethane (Mike) 909-599-1217

Good luck!

bitzala
by bitzala
Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Who says it never snows in LA ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4329

bammer & Nathan-- great pictures! Thanks for posting them. tikiyaki-- I agree, it does look like it should snow where you are! That's how we felt when we lived in Altadena. Our local drug store carried a mid-century photo of Altadena blanketed in snow, dated 1/19/49. (Couldn't find the photo onl...

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