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Sherman Oaks, CA, Edward Fickett A.I.A.

Postby streinen » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:00 am

http://www.briarwoodfickett.com/

Cool Fickett. Bones appear to be intact. A little work would make this place incredible. The 80's kitchen is almost worth preserving. Almost.

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Postby jesgord » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:36 am

LOL-You are 100% right about that kitchen....it is cool, vaguely disturbing and horrifically ugly/wonderful all at the same time.

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Don't they proof the blurb ?

Postby modfan » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:04 am

before it's out there-the info. sez no spa (but clearly there's one in the back by the pool per the photos) and it sez rock roof but but the pics show it's composition shingle. Unless these pics are not for that house.

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Postby streinen » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:20 am

Probably just total laziness. This house has been on the market for a while and has switched listing agents, I think. The place actually has views out of both sides--east toward beverly glen and west directly over the 405. You can actually see this house from the 405--the house sits on a cliff directly above the northbound side, maybe 75 feet up.

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looks

Postby modfan » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:02 am

like you are correct the google street view shows for sale signs thru Keller Wms. 'back then' vs. Pru Calif.

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Kitschen?

Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:47 am

WoW!
I agree, that kitchen is really something. Although the bathroom is pretty um, inspired? as well....


Maybe we can have a "re-muddle of the week" section?
This must have been, and could be, pretty swell digs.
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Postby rockland » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:50 am

Ahhh. Shudder. I think that house was in my nightmares when we were
house hunting.
Good bones. Clean. Nice project for a total transformation. Certainly no
guilt in changing anything.
It would get my vote for 're-muddle of the year'.

The view out the back by the pool is amazing.

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Postby Tony » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:49 pm

With a kitchen "breakfast bar", aren't the stools supposed to be on the outside facing into the kitchen? Or is that just a convention?

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Postby streinen » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:32 pm

I thought that was really odd, too.

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Postby Perks » Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:16 pm

If you had those bar stools, would you really want all your guests to see them?

That house is quite a collision of mismatched styles, though I think it's less of a remuddling disaster than this Eichler...
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Postby streinen » Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:51 am

Ah yes--the patented transformation of arches, columns and rough, rough stucco. Or perhaps it's the diagonally-laid tile or the french vinyl windows that make me just, well, angry. I'm surprised they didn't just roof over the atrium and turn it into an illegal bedroom.

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Postby jakabedy » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:15 am

Regarding the stools . . .

We've got the (sadly waterdamaged) original BH&G blueprints to our home. Our kitchen is similar to the uber galley kitchen in the Fickett above, but imagine the entire inside run of cabinets/bar being open to the living area, with no uppers. It is really a giant island (17' long in our case), and the opposite side is the garden area.

While our island has base cabinets the entire run, the plans show no cabinets in a 4-5' area on one end -- presumably so it could be used as a breakfast bar. The stools would be in the kitchen, facing into the rest of the house, just like the Fickett.

It makes sense to me. I think maybe the original intent of breakfast bars was to provide a place for kids or grown folks to sit that was convenient to the kitchen (or to the adult working in the kitchen). Such a design lets those at the bar enjoy the view/garden, or see the TV (anything worth seeing back then was happening in the living room, right?), and have easy access to the sink, stove, fridge, etc. My thought is that perhaps it wasn't until later that kitchen observing became a spectator sport and the focus of the home flipped from the living area to the kitchen.

Idunno, just my thoughts on the matter. We're planning to do some work on the kitchen in a year or so and have toyed with the idea of removing those cabinets. But I don't think we'd use the bar, anyway, as the dining room table is just a few feet away.
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Postby Dan O. » Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:44 pm

Aw c'mmon....who painted the pecky cypress!?!?

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this eichler....

Postby modfan » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:59 am

Ya notice too that 'Eichler' does not appear once in the blurb.
I'm sure the current owner did everything possible to stamp that out-
'Die eichler die, may frilly, arches and crown moldings reign-'everybody wants to live in a storybook house' (actual quote from a 'real estate expert' on the Today show) apologies to Perks.


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