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by Stephen
Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eclosing the front yard
Replies: 17
Views: 4792

stephan, Cliff May had a great understanding for outdoor living spaces and scale when using privacy fences. I suggest you study his use of such fences, along with the works of Garrett Eckbo and Thomas Church. Making the fence look like an extention of the house exterior wall was a nice detail in mc...
by Stephen
Sun Sep 04, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eclosing the front yard
Replies: 17
Views: 4792

modfan, I believe that Stephan's Cliff May is in the Tustin tract that I had identified. It is; I just forgot to change my profile from the old apartment-dwelling days. I have no HOA so city rules are the only ones applicable. From what I can tell, I'm restricted by two things in the codes: 1) must...
by Stephen
Sun Sep 04, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eclosing the front yard
Replies: 17
Views: 4792

Eclosing the front yard

I have a Cliff May house that sits about 20 ft back from the curb. I'm also on a corner so my garage is around the back of the house. My lot is pretty big so I have plenty of enclosed space around the sides and back of the house, but I can't help feel like that front yard is just wasted space I can'...
by Stephen
Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: An idea for SoCalers
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Sounds like a good idea. Something like an MCM Rescue Task Force. Just one question - what do you mean "help"? Since I began coming to ths site I have received tons of help from everyone, socal-ers and nonsocal-ers. What plans specifically did you have in mind? :cheers: I was thinking of a general ...
by Stephen
Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: An idea for SoCalers
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

An idea for SoCalers

It seems like there a bunch of us SoCalers around here and many of us have "rescue" projects of one degree or another. I would certainly be open to helping out on others' projects to get some perspective and experience for my own.

Stephen
by Stephen
Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Some Wright Interiors
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Joe, Do you have any photos of the effect in a Cliff May? Also, do you know what kind of pattern is was (longitudinal 4x8s, planks, etc)? Stephen plywood ceiling with white walls look great! I wish I would have done plywood ceilings in my home (still can). Builder Lindsey used birch plywood ceilings...
by Stephen
Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help on a Architectual Realtor
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

I see that you're in Michigan. As far as I know, the Historic Protection Overlay Zone is a California thing. However, your state may have something similar or there may be a federal version and CA just calls them HPOZs. http://www.ohp.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1072 That is the address for the...
by Stephen
Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To Beam or Not To Beam...
Replies: 17
Views: 3375

Stephan, what are the size of your joists? You'll know by looking at your overhang. The LB ranchos also used a special, wider joist, more appropriate for exposed look. Standard joists used in most Cliff May homes with sheetrocked ceilings is a 2x6 on 16 inch centers. You're right. I checked under t...
by Stephen
Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To Beam or Not To Beam...
Replies: 17
Views: 3375

Re: To Beam or Not To Beam...

The sheetrock is an advantage over a totally exposed ceiling. If you resheetrock a ceiling, look to install 4.5 inch rigid insulation (R-30) and recessed lighting. A white ceiling with contrasting beams look great! I really like the "skeletonized" look with the exposed rafter beams. I was thiking o...
by Stephen
Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Loooong Beach, Cliff May
Replies: 20
Views: 3624

Congratulations. I will be closing on my Cliff May rancho tomorrow or Thursday.

Stephen
by Stephen
Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May original colors
Replies: 11
Views: 1598

Re: Photochop experience?

by Stephen
Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To Beam or Not To Beam...
Replies: 17
Views: 3375

To Beam or Not To Beam...

I'm about to close on my Tustin, CA Cliff May. http://www.1sttimebuyer.blogspot.com and it hasn't had too much remuddling done, except for a few things. One of those things is sheetrocking over the roof rafters. In the living room and master bedroom they even added cottage cheese (yuck!). http://www...
by Stephen
Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May original colors
Replies: 11
Views: 1598

Photochop experience?

I was wondering if anyone had some decent Photoshop experience so we could take a good picture and try some virtual color schemes? Also, I think it would be pretty neat if people would just post up color swatches for color schemes they saw or liked. I realize without calibrated monitors it's just fo...
by Stephen
Sun Jul 17, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help on a Architectual Realtor
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Susannah, Speaking from a lot of experience, I do recommend that you involve a real estate agent in the process. For a nominal fee many agents will help manage the escrow, inspections, and paperwork / disclosures without performing any marketing functions. This is especially useful if you have found...
by Stephen
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: BAD, BAD news for Tiki :-(
Replies: 55
Views: 10929

I think the key here is a developing a plan for redevelopment in an area and some standards...if you don't the developers will set their own. Except in very specific circumstances, stopping redevelopment altogether is neither feasible nor appropriate. There's always a balance between preserving the ...
by Stephen
Sun Jul 10, 2005 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: BAD, BAD news for Tiki :-(
Replies: 55
Views: 10929

Re: BAD, BAD news for Tiki :-(

Shudder... Man, that looks like the Pontiac Aztek of houses. It would be bad if someone built a Tuscan villa across the street, but it isn't even that...it's a hodge-podge of "premium" doors, windows, and moldings that ultimately ends up being less than the sum of its parts. Good luck in your fight....
by Stephen
Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: modern home massacre
Replies: 38
Views: 6571

Maybe this isn't going to be the most popular viewpoint but I don't think it's that bad, and let me tell you why: The original room had some major design problems Green Shag -- how many of you would be willing to live with it? I have a theory that even when it was popular, no one actually liked it, ...
by Stephen
Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: IKEA - mixed feelings
Replies: 98
Views: 34917

Re: I thought

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche nephew actually founded a design firm exclusively to design non-automotive items in 1972. http://www.porschedesign.com Rather than just a "slap the Porsche name on it" boutique they actually make cool stuff. Additionally, they design stuff for others on an outsourced basi...
by Stephen
Sun Jun 26, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: SoCal MCM / P&B Familiar Certified Home Inspectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2969

Inspector Update

I told you guys I would give you an update when I had my inspection performed. Here is the information on the woman I used for my pending Tustin Cliff May purchase: Virginia Sheehan Sheinspects 404 E First Street #359 Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 400-3918 It turns out she has actually inspected a few ...
by Stephen
Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: "Proper" Style for a Cliff May Rancho
Replies: 25
Views: 3951

It's because I don't have a ton of money to drop anytime that I want to establish a firm, clear, vision of what I'm doing. I can't afford to waste money by purchasing furnishings or completing remodeling that ultimately fails to fit in the design goals. Oh yeah, I'm a little on the anal-retentive si...
by Stephen
Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: "Proper" Style for a Cliff May Rancho
Replies: 25
Views: 3951

"Proper" Style for a Cliff May Rancho

As some of you may have read, I'm in escrow on the Cliff May that was up for sale in Tustin. In preparations to move, I've been doing a lot of thinking of what the "proper" style is for one of these homes. Of course, I know there is no one singular decor implementation, but I've been thinking a lot ...
by Stephen
Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: SoCal MCM / P&B Familiar Certified Home Inspectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2969

by Stephen
Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Introduction

I've been a longtime lurker but this is my first time posting. I recently got an offer accepted on a Cliff May in Tustin. It's in move-in condition and for the most part it's relatively original, but it definitely could use a lot of work. I feel like I've signed over my weekends for the next 5 years...

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