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by johnnyapollo
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Any photos of patio overhangs/pergolas?
Replies: 7
Views: 4066

There's a Sunset book "How to Build Patio Roofs" that has a lot of good ideas in it. Some that I like in particular: Patterns in Reed and Bamboo - some of the lanai style are spectacular, though informal Lath, Batten and Lumber - allows for the use of inexpensive screening materials Glass,...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mailbox (Post & Mount) MCM
Replies: 19
Views: 15923

by johnnyapollo
Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Is it a bad idea to swap out front door to glass?
Replies: 30
Views: 8843

I went the other way and restored a solid door with textured side light (glass). The house previously had an inappropriate half-lit rail/stile/panel door with two narrow side lites (one each side). I continue to get complements on the new door treatment and it's only had a coat of primer on it for t...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM on HGTV's Curb Appeal
Replies: 6
Views: 3344

Thanks for sharing the link - that neighborhood is about 10 minutes from me so I hope to go by and see it in person. The paint actually doesn't bother me - the combo is more "Dwell Modern" which seems very popular around here in the past year - luckily paint is easy to change. My initial r...
by johnnyapollo
Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Compost Bins
Replies: 7
Views: 2541

No sealer or paint - they got to be quite weathered and since the texture is rough I liked the look. I figured that if they rotted out I could always get some more free pallets...

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:59 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: We used to use BluePrints-
Replies: 11
Views: 3676

Jerry in your blueprint you show a detail for built-in gutters - I was wondering how well that worked out for you and also what you did regarding downspouts (chains?) to direct the water. It's difficult to tell in the small image what materials were used for the gutter (or did you line the gutter?)....
by johnnyapollo
Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Renewing our Flat Roof-
Replies: 10
Views: 3382

by johnnyapollo
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Compost Bins
Replies: 7
Views: 2541

My old pile looked the most "Dwell Modern" - it was made from old pallets with the slates going horizontal on the outside forming 3 sides of a box. I kept a pile on each side. As the pile on the right was ready to integrate, the pile on the left would shift over and I would start a new pil...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Compost Bins
Replies: 7
Views: 2541

Composting

You might get some ideas on composting from my blog (I taught a class on composting to our neighborhood garden club):

http://northcrestmodern.blogspot.com/20 ... guide.html

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Lofty home expansion project...
Replies: 24
Views: 4870

He could always put his scooter collection in the front garage, and cars/trucks in the back...
by johnnyapollo
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Development Re-Doing Entryway
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

Personally I would lose the lettering completely and replace with a san-serif font. If you can scale down the text size there are SS letters available at Home Depot (they they are Helvetica) with "stilts" to offset them from the brick (not sure how well this will work on a curved wall thou...
by johnnyapollo
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Perhaps the most important thing about MCMs-
Replies: 27
Views: 4744

If small trim screws were used instead of nails it would solve the problem - I'm going that route on my window updates (still have the living areas in the front to replace) instead of nails. The current double-panes have all pretty much failed (they were replaced in the 80s). The custom window manuf...
by johnnyapollo
Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Lofty home expansion project...
Replies: 24
Views: 4870

A couple of things Rob - First, I love the general feel for the design and I applaud your efforts in learning SketchUp - I've taught a few classes and the program, while easy to get started can be rather intimidating to most people. Kudos! Second, you know my home is a "butterfly and a half&quo...
by johnnyapollo
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Gen Y doesn't want McMs
Replies: 15
Views: 4321

by johnnyapollo
Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Gen Y doesn't want McMs
Replies: 15
Views: 4321

I just re-read the article and I don't see anything in it that indicates that "Gen Y don't want MCMs"... If anything most good MCM design would fit more into what they are looking for than the current McMansion. It sounds to me like they want larger gathering rooms, like living, den, etc, ...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A few progress pics
Replies: 16
Views: 4359

That paneling is, to repeat the word - fantastic! I'm glad you were able to retain so much of the history of your home - unfortunately my own efforts for my home haven't turned up much to speak of. Kudos!

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: R.I.P. Anne Francis
Replies: 0
Views: 1640

R.I.P. Anne Francis

by johnnyapollo
Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Show us your modern christmas tree!
Replies: 83
Views: 27855

Decorations 2010

I noticed the images of the tree I originally put up are now all dead so here are some fresh ones - basically the same stuff only with some newer kitchy ornaments... http://www.modusmodern.com/blog/AluminumTree2010-01.jpg http://www.modusmodern.com/blog/AluminumTree2010-02.jpg My Favorite Ornament: ...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Window Insulation
Replies: 15
Views: 4536

One of my neighbors built plexi-panels in frames that attach to the inside of the window frames - sort of the reverse of a storm window. He attaches these when it gets cold to provide an additional layer of insulation - it allows him to keep the casement style aluminum windows original to the house....
by johnnyapollo
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Whats on your counters?
Replies: 7
Views: 2013

There is also presently a knife block, and I hate those knives (they came with DH) so I am trying to figure out a way to get rid of them. Knives should probably go into a drawer if you have one available - preferably a top drawer or tray in a top drawer. We use small plastic dividers to separate th...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Death Of The McMansion
Replies: 39
Views: 8346

I read an article recently that discussed how cities would be impacted with climate change in the near term - say 50 years. Many of the northern cities actually came out ahead as the climate improved (warmer years) while those areas that are considered desirable today along the Southern and Western ...
by johnnyapollo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Airfloor?
Replies: 29
Views: 5377

If you go back to leveling - how about terrazzo? Seems like you can over-pour and polish (or did I miss something?)
by johnnyapollo
Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:00 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Atlanta, GA - Robert Green designed home
Replies: 9
Views: 2417

They've started taking this home down - pity really. I guess a big-ole-mcmansion is coming to take its place...

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: back deck handrails
Replies: 10
Views: 3547

A good metal fabrication shop can make those for you - you need to provide very precise measurements with drawings of how the joints should be welded. It's cheaper if you grind down the welds yourself and prime/paint yourself. Or you can hire someone to do this for you but it may be hard to find a q...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: LED lighting
Replies: 21
Views: 5644

I too did not have a good experience buying LED lighting. I found some replacement 12v floods to replace some 50w Halogens. They are/were marked MR16 White, 36 LED 1.8W and were marketed as a comperable replacement. Three bulbs produced a light blue light that was perhaps 1/20th the lumens of the ha...
by johnnyapollo
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Atlanta, GA - Butterfly Homes
Replies: 1
Views: 546

I know of at least 4 others - the home I live in was built by P&H Homes in 1964 (Northcrest). There's one in Embry Hills in white brick. One on Lavista Road outside the perimeter. One on Stonington Rd in Dunwoody - I'm sure there are many others.

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: repair? replace? chipped porcelain tub...
Replies: 4
Views: 923

I believe someone good working with enamel could repair the chip - the trick is to build up the enamel in layers being careful to coax it into the seam of the existing, baked on finish. Generally when the tub is re-enameled any divots are either ground so there isn't a hard edge or filled with bondo...
by johnnyapollo
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: another Jerry Gropp design
Replies: 3
Views: 1161

That's a great plan - I like the simplicity and size. Joe do you have a year on that one?

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Native birds and windows: please don't mix them!
Replies: 16
Views: 1991

There's a product you can apply to the window that's basically a contact sticker that looks like a large water droplet - apparently it helps. I found that from one of my blog posts on a similar topic:

http://john-eaton.blogspot.com/2010/01/ ... indow.html

-- John
by johnnyapollo
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Categories of mid-century architecture
Replies: 7
Views: 2060

Split Level and Split Foyer

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