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by Connie
Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:13 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "This Old House" Goes Modern
Replies: 67
Views: 31562

By the way, Connie, what do you pay for gasoline over there? We pay €1,25 per liter => €5,69 per gallon. With today's exchange rate of €1,00=$1,227, it's exactly $6,98. So you may guess that SUVs are rare, and I think I've never seen a Hummer over here. Energy consumption of a car (and a home...
by Connie
Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:36 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "This Old House" Goes Modern
Replies: 67
Views: 31562

No, obviously it's still going to be a single family home. I just discovered the floor plans before/ after plus the webcam tool. Until today, they've replaced everything except the first floor rear facade. I really like the new floor plan but still don't understand why a single person would want to ...
by Connie
Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "This Old House" Goes Modern
Replies: 67
Views: 31562

»Its owner, George Mabry, a forty-something single guy who loves to entertain, has lived in the house for 13 years. [...] The plans call for expanding the house from two stories to three, almost doubling its size — from 2400 square feet to 4000 square feet — and going from an exterior with vert...
by Connie
Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exurban housing development(s)
Replies: 7
Views: 738

"These are normal homes for normal people," Mr. Kahli said... This is my favorite line from the story. It just creeps me out. Maybe Mr Kahli should look at this http://www.kbhomesucks.com/ from time to time and read the comments of all those who were naive enough to trust the KB sales people. It's ...
by Connie
Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Some Wright Interiors
Replies: 9
Views: 1801

Today I stumbled upon photos of a house in the Catskills - with plywood ceilings: http://www.arcor.de/palb/alben/41/1063141/1280_6535313530366665.jpg They tried to make the joints disappear, but a beautiful detail here - again - is the "Schattenfuge" (negative joint) that seperates the ceiling from ...
by Connie
Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Architectural interiors
Replies: 23
Views: 5502

Thanks for worrying about my floor! We have a full basement. German building laws say that in areas with high ground water levels you are only allowed to build a basement if it is made of a special waterproof concrete. So, our basement is a kind of waterproof troug in the ground, surrounded by three...
by Connie
Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Houston, TX - available mod
Replies: 29
Views: 8646

I hate to break the news to you Connie, but yes, as a matter of fact, many of these homes are in danger of being replaced by McMansions, and there is no shortage of people who can afford to replace them with same! There in lies the danger!! Ouch, that's sad! Sometimes I think we are a kind of "dino...
by Connie
Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Architectural interiors
Replies: 23
Views: 5502

There is a floor heating system in the whole house. We are/were aware that hardwood and floor heating may be problematic, but we didn’t want any other floor. There are several precautions coming along with this combination, we followed them all. - The parquet was labelled “apt for floor heatingâ...
by Connie
Sat Aug 06, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Architectural interiors
Replies: 23
Views: 5502

Yes, the cupping is exactly what happens to our floor, worst in winter when the air is especially dry. It's an all over effect. What bothers me most is that the edges of some strips of our parquet (5 mm solid beech on whatever basic wood) seem to disconnect and look like this: http://www.arcor.de/pa...
by Connie
Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Architectural interiors
Replies: 23
Views: 5502

Unfortunately, we have a more than "slight" version of it at home. :roll: For a perfectionist like me it is a constant source of displeasure. But as I was close to a nervous breakdown when the house was eventually finished, we couldn't think of removing the furniture (and put it where??) and having ...
by Connie
Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Architectural interiors
Replies: 23
Views: 5502

I'm a true fan of hardwood floors, especially in very modern homes. They really add warmth. That wide-plank wenge (on which you see every little bit of dust immediately) would cost some $40,000 even for a small home like ours in Florida. Do you all think $34/ sqft is normal? #-o The "museum walls" a...
by Connie
Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Houston, TX - available mod
Replies: 29
Views: 8646

It seems that almost no owner of any shown property has a feeling for what they are living in! All the curtains and the fake Biedermeier - it really makes me sick. The Pasadena Oaks (Album 001 Listing #5992365 $139,900!!!) house is a gem (not the decoration)! http://www.arcor.de/palb/alben/41/106314...
by Connie
Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: Taking offers on Danish Modern furniture... am moving!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2452

Re: Mark on bottom of buffet drawers

Royal Board 17 (a triangle with 3 things printed in it that's unreadable ... does anyone know what this is??) I guess that are crowns, this would also explain the name Royal Board. In many European kingdoms, manufacturers (from candy to furniture) qualify as exclusive supplier to the royal family. ...
by Connie
Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCMs in Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

SDR - unfortunately I have no further information on the two homes except the address of the first one (921 NE 82nd Ter in Miami, FL 33138, the subdivision is called Griffings Biscayne Heights). I tried to save or copy and paste images from the virtual tours but it doesn't work. The only thing I cou...
by Connie
Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCMs in Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

Tabby construction is VERY common in the "low country" of South Carolina and coastal Georgia. And I know it goes back to the time Oglethorpe settled Savannah and the coastal isles -- there are ruins there to this day of forts, etc. Oh really? I love the SC low country and have been there so often w...
by Connie
Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:19 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: MCM FURNITURE
Replies: 27
Views: 9871

I just discovered the new "blonde" products at . E.g. this Jean Prouvé lookalike for $499:

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by Connie
Tue Aug 02, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: IKEA Bed Question
Replies: 17
Views: 7737

Hi Spudgirl, I don't see what's embarassing about it ... Anyway, I never bought one because all IKEA beds I've seen really look flimsy and fragile. (I don't know about the mattresses because here IKEA mattress sizes are not compatible with non-IKEA beds.) Cheep stuff normally turns out to be rather ...
by Connie
Tue Aug 02, 2005 2:07 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Everaert House
Replies: 7
Views: 1085

The house definitely has a strong Scandinavian touch. I think that's no wonder - Scandinavian architects and designers have always had and still have a strong influence! And besides, what do we know of Belgian architecture? Even I - as a European - have to say: not much. :? The ceiling with the t&am...
by Connie
Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:15 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCMs in Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

Hi Ann, so ... I've seen a lot of "tabby" driveways without knowing the material's name. And so far I also didn't know that it's used to form "rock lookalikes". Thanks for the information! It never occured to me that the material of the walls is man-made. Obviously, one should never take anything fo...
by Connie
Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Palm Springs based Modernist Modular Homes (Continental US)
Replies: 16
Views: 3725

Buy an IKEA kitchen cabinet door and you get a free instruction on how to re-adjust the cup-hinges. Or doesn't IKEA provide these hinges in the U.S.? Well, a word about prefab homes. As they say at Modernist Modular Homes: “A Modernist steel and glass Case Study style home is design specific to th...
by Connie
Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Jorge Pardo's 4166 Sea View Lane (1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

One real good thing about Germany is: We have no earthquakes. :) So the X-brace is there to prevent the house from becoming a "parallelogram" or even collapsing during a severe storm. Building regulations are extremely strikt here. Take the strongest storm ever recorded and add 20% - that's what a s...
by Connie
Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Jorge Pardo's 4166 Sea View Lane (1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

Is this your Florida house? Something tells me no -- the fine-textured roof tiles don't look American to me. It's our house in Germany. It is a special kind of prefab framework house, a modern interpretation of the so called "half timbered houses" that were built throughout Europe for centuries. Th...
by Connie
Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Jorge Pardo's 4166 Sea View Lane (1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

I thought, ". . .if they would only fill the openings between studs with glass, and put on a simple roof, it would be done. . .!" Our house has been built like that. http://www.arcor.de/palb/alben/41/1063141/400_3065366632653034.jpg http://www.arcor.de/palb/alben/41/1063141/400_3534343365386535.jpg
by Connie
Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCMs in Florida
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

MCMs in Florida

I'm so crazy with architecture, I even search the Realtor database just to catch a glimpse of beautiful homes. And although I wouldn't want to live there, Miami is a place with a lot of charming mid-century homes. So today I'd like to show you two of them. They were in the listings in 2003 but you c...
by Connie
Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Palm Springs, CA - Wexler & Harrison steel homes for sal
Replies: 25
Views: 7639

We'd love to! But we didn't even manage to visit an uncle of mine who lives in SF (Beach Street) since the 1960s.

Maybe once we retire ... and have enough money to buy an Eichler ... I'll let you know then. :wink:
by Connie
Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Palm Springs, CA - Three Fantastic Homes For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1271

I'm always amazed how often homes in the U.S. are resold within that short period of time.

The third house is especially beautiful. Wasn't it hard to leave?
by Connie
Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Palm Springs, CA - Wexler & Harrison steel homes for sal
Replies: 25
Views: 7639

Palm Springs, CA - Wexler & Harrison steel homes for sal

Did you see these three beauties? http://www.architectureforsale.com/address_search.php?property_ID=122 http://www.architectureforsale.com/address_search.php?property_ID=375 http://www.architectureforsale.com/address_search.php?property_ID=14 The second one was listed for $ 359,000 in 2001. |:(
by Connie
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: San Mateo, CA - Updated Eichler (majorly yucky one)
Replies: 20
Views: 4008

Re: updated eichler

Can someone explain the need for two (2) master suites? It seems to be so common in the real estate listings nowadays. Am I missing something here? Thanks! What about a snoring & tossing husband who occasionally (but still unintentionally, even after 20 years of marriage) slaps you on the head ...
by Connie
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: modern home massacre
Replies: 38
Views: 6569

Well, I didn't know Matt and Shari until today. I've studied some of the photos and read some of the text and it seems to me that they represent what "the average American" as well as "the average European" thinks is beautiful. Some decoration here and there, mirrors, pillows, floral bedspreads and ...
by Connie
Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: modern home massacre
Replies: 38
Views: 6569

Forgive me, but I reserve the right to be intolerant. Frankly, what bothers me is not that someone does a good, bad or indifferent remuddle - most of us can't afford expensive euro designer etc. It's when some hack gets on national TV, and try to pass off ugly as something wonderfully creative and ...

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