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by johnnyapollo
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Boom Box Circa 1954
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Boom Box Circa 1954

Spotted this entry on the shorpy.com site:
http://www.shorpy.com/node/532

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Battle Creek. MI underpriced MCM gem (in the rough) $55,000
Replies: 9
Views: 1519

it would almost be worthwhile to disemble and move that house to a better location....

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: need courtyard ideas
Replies: 14
Views: 1160

There are several creeping herbs you can plant in there - when they're stepped on a pleasant fragrance will follow...

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: furnace advice needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1235

I replaced my existing with a Trane 2-stage unit and have been very happy with it - it's also reduced my overall heating bill. Basically it provides a low-fan push of air during much of it's heating cycle, and only cycles in the higher speed when needed (instead of either blasting you with hot air o...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Palomar College’s Geodesic Dome
Replies: 4
Views: 4934

Sky, that's a really funny icon you got going today. Great building too!

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Nashville TN - New Nevada Heights Listing
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

Ryan certainly has the right pedigree. Anyone who takes chances like Bruce Goff or Bart Prince is OK in my book.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:12 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Coffee table inquiry......6 legs, foldable, brass tips>&g
Replies: 7
Views: 764

I agree 100% with SDR on the ellipse - anything else would look out of place above those legs. Personally I'd stay away from a bevelled edge as well and get something in the 1/2" thick range. The base has a 50's Kagan, organic feel to me, you might want to look up his furniture for reference. -...
by johnnyapollo
Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Nashville TN - New Nevada Heights Listing
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

Reviving the thread... I was recently contacted by the architect who designed this structure - called the "chevron house" for obvious reasons (there was also a second structure designed for a similar or same lot - images are on his website below). Turns out the architect is a relative newc...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: MCM cities?
Replies: 34
Views: 9582

That last one has a bit of a Usonian feel to it (though with that front door it probably isn't). I'll have to look around up there the next time I'm in town.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Show us your mod home office
Replies: 24
Views: 5964

Get your discounted 2008 Stendig Calendar!

There were some previous posts in regard to the Stendig calendar that I've got in my office - I just bought a 2008 at the mark-down price of $14.99 today at Crate and Barrel (usually $35). I just thought some of you might like to know and get yourself one. See the posts above the images.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Exterior lighting for a 50's contemporary rancher
Replies: 43
Views: 7196

The previous owner of my house found a glass sphere that perfectly fits the post at the end of the drive - originally gas lit, the post was retrofitted with a socket and wired back to the house. No idea where he got the globe but if you can find something like that it's the easiest path.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Main Beam cut in half H E L P !
Replies: 68
Views: 6360

I like SDR's idea - have a metal, boxed frame welded to fit a skylight opening that would straddle the two ceiling beams. The two beams would be forced into supports that extend to each side and be through-bolted (the frame would transfer the load across its lenght. Would still check with a structur...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: eichler... trapped in time
Replies: 22
Views: 3810

Very cool - be nice to have the associated paper items from that house. You didn't take any exterior shots for those of us to the east?

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Atlanta, GA-Brookhaven East
Replies: 2
Views: 663

The realtor is pushing it calling this one a modern/comtemporay, IMHO. But then again I get criticism from some for calling the tri-levels in my neighborhood moderns as well. Looks like they converted the carport/garage into a window-walled den/living room. Wish there were some interior shots. It's ...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Please show us some XMAS/Holiday decorating ideas....
Replies: 80
Views: 11255

Funny that. Nothing wrong with quarter-sawn oak in my book. Mission and Craftsman furniture is actually classified as "modern" design - think about when it first appeared - how those square lines looked to people used to flourishes and curves - lots of head scratching going on back then. -...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5905

For those of you trying to date the double pane windows, if you look inside the frame separating the two panes there's often a date stamped in there - the windows that had been replaced in my house were dated 84 or 1984 and had already started failing (the stamp was a small impression in the aluminu...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Please show us some XMAS/Holiday decorating ideas....
Replies: 80
Views: 11255

Yeah we figured the nephew was old enough for his first Red Ryder bb-gun. Spotten them on sale at the Bass Pro Shop - funny place that - they had an actual sleigh with 9 taxidermied deer across the main floor by the entrance (Rudolph's nose was painted red). Not a place to go if you're in PESA or a ...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Please show us some XMAS/Holiday decorating ideas....
Replies: 80
Views: 11255

I don't remember if I've every published the decorations we put up on the house yet - since we're of mixed religions, most of the decorations are "neutral" - for instance we don't put up any nativity scenes and the like. We do have 3 vintage tinsel trees - and the ornaments we use tend to ...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Reconditioning tongue and groove ceiling
Replies: 32
Views: 2752

From what I remember it was half-and-half BLO (boiled linseed oil) and Turp, then doubled with low scent mineral spirits. It actually had a pleasant, rather pine-y smell like oil paints and the mineral spirits knocked back the gloss and gave it that matte finish. Try a little and see what you think....
by johnnyapollo
Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Reconditioning tongue and groove ceiling
Replies: 32
Views: 2752

I don't have any pictures, but did an entire basement in 1/2" T&G pine - walls and soffits (the ducting was all relocated along the tops of the longest walls and enclosed). The projection screen for the ceiling mounted HD projector was framed in pine and everything was coated in a matte-fin...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our new atomic front door.... whadaya think 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Looks good to me - since it's set in so far you probably won't have issues with the finish like most natural doors you see (mildew/mold). I have that same doorbell - original to my house (the gold flaked off so I polished it back to the silver pot-metal and sprayed some clear on it). I wonder if an ...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:07 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Julius Shulman and Cliff May
Replies: 17
Views: 1914

I had pre-ordered the 3 vol hardcover set from Amazon -- got it early last week and it is awesome. With discounts it was $235 with free shipping. I couldn't make it to New York for the signing, but luckily my mother in law lives up there and didn't mind swinging by the Taschen store. She said he was...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:03 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscaping and views
Replies: 17
Views: 2066

If a tree actually contributes to a view, does that mean it can't be cut down? The arguement is preposterous and only fills the pockets of attorneys (nothing against them but I'd file this in the same cabinet as "class action suit" where everyone walks away with $1.06 exept the lawers). --...
by johnnyapollo
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Arch. Digest - Modern Slideshow
Replies: 11
Views: 1185

That dog-eared roof is on the "barn" at Auldbrass at the end of the long building that contains the bunk houses. I think the plan originally called for a grainary (I'll have to look in the book) and I'm not sure if it was every built during FLW's time, but added by Lloyd during Silver's re...
by johnnyapollo
Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ridge beams, maximum span
Replies: 14
Views: 1700

by johnnyapollo
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The ultimate modern kitchen
Replies: 6
Views: 2284

by johnnyapollo
Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Theme and variations II
Replies: 43
Views: 1477

My rain barrel isn't too bad - it's semi-cylindrical with a flat side so it hugs the wall - 80 gallons. The only thing I don't like about the design is the outflow spigot needs to be changed/re-engineered. I've got flex coming from the downspout so I can redirect the water to an extra unperforated d...
by johnnyapollo
Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: today's project, (prototype) finishing?
Replies: 17
Views: 629

There's a cabinet grade plywood that some of the Home Depots are carrying that's not too bad and much cheaper than BB. The exterior veneers are very thin though so you need to be careful that you don't sand through it.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: today's project, (prototype) finishing?
Replies: 17
Views: 629

I'd do a coat of BLO (Boiled linseed Oil) to bring out the colors and warm it up a bit, then when it's completely dry follow up with Waterlox. A couple of ragged on layers with some light sanding (using 4# steel wool) should do the trick. Waterlox is non-toxic when dry and gives it a hard finish, th...

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