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by mtwall
Sat Apr 09, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: terrazzo shower
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

terrazzo shower

Does anyone know whether there is a terrazzo or terrazzo look-alike composite product (eg, like the flecked Corian) that comes in sheets and can be applied on the walls and floor of a shower enclosure? Has anyone done this recently and had good results? I am familiar with the Bisazza line, but am wo...
by mtwall
Thu Apr 07, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Los Angeles and surrounding areas, CA
Replies: 0
Views: 878

Los Angeles and surrounding areas, CA

There are some new listings of cool, do-able homes in the greater L.A. area (including the Valleys, foothills and hill areas) for those who are looking for a modern home here. The list prices are, well, L.A. prices (ie, not for the faint of heart) but still within reach. margot http://www.ValleyMode...
by mtwall
Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern bathroom ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 7140

I've seen some bathrooms redone using Ikea cabinets that worked very well with the mid-century design of the home and were on the less expensive end. One client took her Ikea cabinets to an Earl Sheib auto paint facility and had them sprayed in a glossy car paint that matched the green already prese...
by mtwall
Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New MCM Construction.. Possible??
Replies: 63
Views: 14928

The April 2005 issue of Dwell Magazine has some great info and photos of pre-fab houses. The flatpak house (you can design your own or go with an existing plan) looks very cool. The cost, as always, depends upon the area and ancillary building/site prep costs, so it could end up being as expensive (...
by mtwall
Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New MCM Construction.. Possible??
Replies: 63
Views: 14928

Oh yes! Something like their Dwell entry on a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard. 8) The snag would be finding an unused spot on Ventura Blvd. that isn't priced out of the stratosphere. :?

Seriously, I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could... :cheers:
by mtwall
Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New MCM Construction.. Possible??
Replies: 63
Views: 14928

Re: LV House the price above includes the kit of parts, but doesn't include the land, slab, roof, windows, and labor. Romero says her house built costs around $120,000 (midwest). I would suspect about 40% more in the on the west coast. I must have been thinking of the materials cost without any fini...
by mtwall
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New MCM Construction.. Possible??
Replies: 63
Views: 14928

If you're on a strict budget, one of the Michelle Kaufman Breeze Houses or Glide House would be great (Joe's earlier post in this thread has a link to both). The LV house by Rocio Romero (at http://www.rocioromero.com) is also very cool and totally affordable (in the $30,000-40,000 range, I believe)...
by mtwall
Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 'Birdhouse' homes in the Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 7701

P.S. If you're interested in finding a Mellenthin or Mellenthin-style home in the L.A./SFV area, we'd be happy to help you find one or point you in that direction...

margot
www.ValleyModern.com
by mtwall
Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 'Birdhouse' homes in the Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 7701

There's something about the "birdhouse" Mellenthin (or Mellenthin-style) homes in the Valley that can be very appealing if they are in (or near) their original condition. They were built to last generations, are usually situated on large lots, often have front porches, diamond pane windows, big fami...
by mtwall
Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 'Birdhouse' homes in the Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 7701

Mellenthin and Similar "Birdhouse" Homes in the Va

They're everywhere -- in addition to Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys, there are thousands of them in tracts in North Hollywood, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Lake Balboa, North Hills, Northridge, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, etc., etc. Many are true Mellenthins, o...
by mtwall
Sun Dec 19, 2004 7:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM home for rent
Replies: 1
Views: 996

We've seen it, we love it, we created a new link to "Leases" on ValleyModern.com, we liked it so much! This house is a time capsule, original owner, in essentially original condition, close to the best freeways for easy access to everything in L.A. So if you're not ready to buy just yet, or are stil...
by mtwall
Tue Dec 07, 2004 7:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cliff May in Pomona?
Replies: 20
Views: 4442

A couple of weeks ago I took a field trip to Minx's Cliff May in Pomona (I, ahem, invited myself and Minx & partner were kind enough to let me nose around). It is AMAZING what they have done to restore this home. The choices of materials, the furnishings, the colors...everything is just GREAT, perio...
by mtwall
Thu Nov 25, 2004 10:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Winter 2004 Issue of Atomic Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 2096

Winter 2004 Issue of Atomic Ranch

The restorations (especially the Eichler and Cliff May homes) were inspiring given the descriptions of what the buyers had to start with... And check out "Cliff May Goes Prefab" by Joe, pp. 42-43!!! I wasn't aware of some of the Cliff May tracts mentioned in his article. Joe, where in Bakersfield an...
by mtwall
Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sacramento moderns
Replies: 17
Views: 3205

[quote="Joe"]...I would like to see a loose association of modern preservation realtors. So would I. Very few realtors deal essentially exclusively with MCM's as it's a very limited market in terms of supply. We pretty much know who the others are in different geographical areas (thanks in...
by mtwall
Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sacramento moderns
Replies: 17
Views: 3205

by mtwall
Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sacramento moderns
Replies: 17
Views: 3205

Well, umm, some realtors care very much who buys a house and what the potential buyers have in mind. If it weren't for the architecture and the desire to ensure its preservation my RE partner and I wouldn't be in real estate. We have refused to show particular homes where we discovered the prospecti...
by mtwall
Sat Oct 16, 2004 10:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Buyers On Budgets
Replies: 41
Views: 14750

It's true, we are finding some wonderful and affordable MCM's in great areas every week. They are out there, often in unexpected but terrific and accessible neighborhoods, so don't give up!
by mtwall
Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Japanese/modern garden in LA
Replies: 25
Views: 5048

Umm, I misspelled the name of the tree. It's a "Sophora" tree, not 'Sephora', which of course is a cosmetics company. :oops: [And all this time I thought that cosmetics company had chosen a perfect name in obscure reference to a botanical wonder. Silly me]. It's also known as the "scholar tree" and ...
by mtwall
Tue Oct 12, 2004 7:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Japanese/modern garden in LA
Replies: 25
Views: 5048

God, I love this board! What a great thread with SO MUCH resource information! And for Japanese landscaping here's another: Kimura Nurseries, 7230 Roscoe, Northridge. Phone: (818)343-4090. Bob Pressler (and others there, but I especially like Bob's work) is wonderful, a Master with Japanese landscap...
by mtwall
Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Pasadena, CA - Allyn Morris house for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 1265

Spectacular house. Saw it. Loved it. Posted it.

IT"S GONE!!! (Or at least pending sale). :cry:

Great homes still go too fast. This was (is) a Great, great Home in every way...

Margot
www.ValleyModern.com
by mtwall
Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: updating flooring........
Replies: 54
Views: 17637

What's under the carpet? What was there can often be a clue to possible appropriate surfaces. Do you have any pics of the interior?
by mtwall
Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Racine, WI - John Randal McDonald home for sale $234, 900
Replies: 31
Views: 17741

WOW! :D

Particularly the rear elevation. I've never been to Racine but I like the way the name sounds when spoken. Not sure that's a reason to move there, but the price and the house are most definitely appealing...
by mtwall
Mon Oct 11, 2004 4:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Eichler apology...
Replies: 10
Views: 2417

The roofline and facade are very Eichler-esqe and I love the privacy wall. Whomever the architect was, it's fabulous! Sometimes I think folks are too easily carried away by names. For example, I recently saw a couple of Gregory Ain homes that were so badly damaged beyond recognition that you could b...
by mtwall
Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Buyers On Budgets
Replies: 41
Views: 14750

Buyers On Budgets

Okay, I can't stand it anymore. There are some great MCM homes on the market now at affordable prices --- and they're just sitting there!!! I cringe when I think they might be sold to clueless people with bad things in mind for them. It might be wrong of me to say this, but if there are folks out th...
by mtwall
Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Just posted a few pics of my house on the gallery!
Replies: 17
Views: 3918

Speaking of great Palmer & Krisel homes, there's one on the market now that is in very close to original condition, including all original cabinetry with original finish -- ie, not messed up with globs of coat after coat of paint (even the pulls & knobs are original) and Very affordable. It's in the...
by mtwall
Fri Sep 17, 2004 8:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Woodland Hills Tract?
Replies: 96
Views: 79346

After the initial venture the architect wouldn't be directly involved, but rather would earn royalties every time his design was used. I believe that architect Edward Fickett is known for this practice, for example. True, and this is something we really like about Fickett, as he made design afforda...
by mtwall
Fri Sep 17, 2004 8:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Just posted a few pics of my house on the gallery!
Replies: 17
Views: 3918

by mtwall
Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need Front Door Replacement Ideas
Replies: 38
Views: 13084

by mtwall
Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: L.A., CA, Looking for a home with a decent downtown commute
Replies: 14
Views: 2959

Tax Assessor's records show 984 sq. ft. interior. The floor to ceiling glass and expansive views make it feel larger. The layout is open, efficient and an excellent use of a small space. Given the price of downtown condos (which are now in the $600,000+ range and usually have large homeowner associa...

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