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by morbank
Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Buying in Balboa H.- any current owners here for advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 2396

I think I would most be concerned with the underground ducting system. Sounds potentially harmful--though I would mostly be concerned with mold, not asbestos. In terms of SoCal Eichlers in general, there is little worry of asbestos. We didn't find any additional asbestos that would be more than norm...
by morbank
Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Thousand Oaks Echlers...
Replies: 25
Views: 4366

by morbank
Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Are knock-off furniture pieces okay?
Replies: 45
Views: 13321

by morbank
Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Thousand Oaks Echlers...
Replies: 25
Views: 4366

Ha ha: here's my list so I can have the ideal house to live in for the next 18 years: Re-pave atrium Repour concrete floor (that is now f'ed up thanks to drunk contractors) Resand/restain all kitchen cabinetry, bathroom cabinetry Retile bathrooms, new fixtures Sand/polish rock aggregate entry more l...
by morbank
Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: IKEA - mixed feelings
Replies: 98
Views: 34906

I have shopped at IKEA for over 10 years, during my college years, my poor just-out-of-college years, and my own-a-home-but-still-broke years. I must say that I think about 99.5% of the time I have felt like I have compromised my wants aesthetically and in terms of quality when it has come to purcha...
by morbank
Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Vintage glasses in the dish washer?
Replies: 9
Views: 2911

by morbank
Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: Anyone know where 60s shower tub doors can be purchased?
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

That's when DIY comes in. You have them cut the glass for you, and then you install the glass yourself into your shower door! I understand why it would be important to use tempered glass, especially around children or overly clumsy people! But if you really want the look, I bet there has to be a way...
by morbank
Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:49 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Vintage glasses in the dish washer?
Replies: 9
Views: 2911

The gold on those glasses definitely comes off immediately. I have painted items on glass, plastic, etc. and I hand wash all of them. I have Ronald McDonald tv trays for my son and all the paint has worn off of them from dishwashing. All my "boomerang" glasses including the pitcher have worn off gol...
by morbank
Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Nelson Bubble Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

since the wire hangs from the bulb apparatus (don't know what that's called), there should be no problem converting it. Essentially you would flip the lamp so that the wire goes through the metal stand. However, the wire is probably the same width of the stand, so you would have to maybe strip out t...
by morbank
Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: Anyone know where 60s shower tub doors can be purchased?
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

why does it have to be original? I swear I thought I saw the wire-criss-cross glass at a maker in Burbank a few years back. I didn't think it was outdated.
by morbank
Mon Feb 21, 2005 8:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: When is it NOT okay to build modern?
Replies: 56
Views: 17581

hoodlam writes: But to the meat of the question i think that houses should indeed be reflections of those who live in them, if a modern way of life is what you want, and make no mistake about it modernity is a way of life, then you need to do what is right for you as you are the only person to live ...
by morbank
Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: When is it NOT okay to build modern?
Replies: 56
Views: 17581

by morbank
Fri Feb 18, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: When is it NOT okay to build modern?
Replies: 56
Views: 17581

I don't believe that the type of house one lives in necessarily tells you exactly what "type" of person one is...or that one is much different than yourself. We live in an Eichler that is across the street from cookie cutter homes built in the 70s. Some of the owners across the street are the nicest...
by morbank
Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Looking for the name of a specific plant
Replies: 10
Views: 1872

I love black bamboo! We have two huge groups of it on each side of our house. Hopefully your stone barriers are at least 12 inches below ground. The bamboo's rhizomes (roots) cross over about 6-8inches below ground but can go deeper. We dug holes 36 inches deep and placed 1/8 thick plastic barriers ...
by morbank
Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern/SoCal landscaping
Replies: 17
Views: 5999

Drew Ready asks: This topic begs the question, just what was the intent of modern architects, and how should we preserve this intent through our efforts to preserve and restore these homes. Furthermore, is it ok to take the initiative to continue to develop upon those intentions? These are great que...
by morbank
Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: need a cool platform bed
Replies: 15
Views: 3517

Aren't most platform beds simply a flat deck for a mattress, boxspring or futon? West Elm's pine slats may be a cost-cutting throwback to earlier ideas of what a bed entails. As to its height, it seems on the low side -- an ankle-biter rather than a shin-barker? Not to disparage Morbank's comments a...
by morbank
Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: need a cool platform bed
Replies: 15
Views: 3517

yes, we wanted platform, yes we wanted dark walnut coloring, yes we wanted built-well-enough, and yes, we wanted cheap. West Elm $600 with shipping. It was originally $600 for a King with $100 shipping but they had a sale 2 weeks later so we got it on sale (they honor sale prices for purchases made ...
by morbank
Mon Dec 13, 2004 2:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Researching House in Auburn, WA
Replies: 30
Views: 6068

I really don't know much about the history of MCM homes or architects, but wouldn't a duct system in slab be a rare occurence....especially in 1951? Didn't Eichler not even do that until the late 60s or early 70s? Maybe it was more popular than I thought. If it was a rare occurence then maybe you co...
by morbank
Wed Dec 08, 2004 9:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 447329

You know, the Eichler Network board is great and I always find informative advice and experiences. It just irks me a bit when new people come to the board with honest questions and get treated like they have no idea what an Eichler is. One guy wrote to say that he was remodeling his kitchen and that...
by morbank
Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 447329

....just a tad...
by morbank
Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 447329

Hi-- I don't know why I didn't do this before; I've been writing on this board for a while now. Maybe I've just enjoyed being an anonymous lurker and only now feel comfortable speaking my thoughts as "Cindy." I currently live in Thousand Oaks after moving from Franklin Hills in LA in 2002 following ...
by morbank
Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Leaving Los Angeles?
Replies: 25
Views: 7257

Munich? I can't even imagine!! Hey now that's an idea....maybe instead of spending the money on a 2nd home (since I sure as hell ain't sellin' my Eichler after reading all these posts!), I should just make the commitment to spending 2 weeks every summer somewhere in another part of the world with my...
by morbank
Thu Dec 02, 2004 8:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Leaving Los Angeles?
Replies: 25
Views: 7257

Oh I love that this topic has made it back near the top of the forum! My neighbor is thinking of moving to Walla Walla, WA, so she sends me realtor links of fabulous cedar homes and ranch homes on acres of land near streams....oh, for a measly $300K. I know that that's typical everywhere else than L...
by morbank
Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 16916

when we laid our vct, we had a subfloor installed first (just sheets of plywood I guess?). Anyway, of course it cost almost double than just installing the vct, but there wasn't a bump or a dent anywhere to be seen. Honest. Also, I plucked up almost 1800 sq. ft. of vct in an hour or two in our new h...
by morbank
Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 16916

I thought of that but they might make the pets stinky.
by morbank
Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 16916

The type of vct we bought (these 12 x 12 greenish classroom looking tiles) required a wax finish on it to keep up the shine and durability. Well, I'm lazy and didn't want to remove all the furniture from the office every couple of months, so I didn't wax it, and the tiles always looked dull. Also, t...
by morbank
Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 16916

Considering that the chilewich product is a plastic/vinyl product, it IS easier to clean than carpeting or sisal weave rugs....or should I say "less hard." Kids and nice looking houses just don't go together well! If it's not baby puke, then it's hardened playdough, or marker pens, or baby food. And...
by morbank
Wed Nov 17, 2004 5:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 16916

let's see....we have the concrete floors, the interface flor tiles, and the chilewich rug!... The concrete is terribly high maintenance, possibly not as high maintenance as the VCT tiles, though. We had those in the office of our old house; not good for a family with 3 pets and two young kids. Not v...
by morbank
Sun Nov 14, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 11265

I have similar issues as you, being a newer owner of an Eichler. This house was never remodeled by the original owner and we bought it in a stage of originality that was starting to fail. There definitely is much to consider when thinking about restoration, renovation, or remodeling. I think there a...
by morbank
Sun Nov 07, 2004 7:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: EBAY: People are just plain ignorant
Replies: 6
Views: 2251

Being in Thousand Oaks, I wish I needed an oven! My '64 Thermador is workin' great.

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