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A New Venture
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:59 pm
It had to happen - - I just knew I'd find another house that needed some help. Well, I found one. Words can't even do justice to how badly this once incredible MCM home has fallen prey to idiot remodelers and pure laziness. I could go on and on about how someone managed to stucco the entire interior of the house, how someone added colonial style cabinetry everywhere or how whole walls of windows have been covered up. Of course, you've all heard these things before and pictures are worth a thousand words. So, on that note, behold my new project. The contract is on, closing on the 15th.
Anyway, the house was built in 1962, is all-concrete construction, including poured concrete walls. it is over 4000 sq.ft. and sits on 1.5 acres of creekfront land. And, it's in perfectly horrible shape. But, the bones are there and it's going to look amazing - - somebody had to save the house, right? ;)
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:42 pm
OUCH!!!! bless you! she will be wonderful glad she found someone to recover her roots!
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:11 pm
You're a saint! I can't wait to see what you do to it.
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:38 pm
From the pics I think you meant "a new adventure". Kudos to you for saving this house from itself.
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:01 pm
I'd like a frozen margarita and a bowl of queso, please.
Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:07 am
Can't wait to see pictures as you restore it!
Is that in Dallas proper?
Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:20 am
Super BOSS! I can see this painted in two different olive greens; just my opinion! What's the deal with the fireplace: was that an afterthought? I think an even better question is... what's up with that Spanish style door behind the big windows, er, ah, okay, um WOW! Where's the MARBLE COLUMNS, since we're totally mixing styles here.
Good for you; it looks like it will be really cute when you take it back to one style, as opposed to schizophrenic...
Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:02 am
The house is located in the Lake Highlands district of Dallas... It's a fantastic area!
The chimney In question was a definite add-on as was the raised roof in that same room. Looks like they raised it about 4 feet - no idea why...
There are about 20 "styles" going in the house right now... Spanish, tuscan, colonial, adobe... You name it. There are actually 3 of those giant medieval doors sitting behind the glass - I shudder to think that those were goig to be installed. Yikes!
Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:32 am
good luck with the re-do - I just recently moved to Dallas and I am trying to familiarize myself with the city and get to know people with common interests. We live a couple of miles east of White Rock Lake near Lake Highlands.
Would it creep you out if I asked if you could email me the address of the house - I'd love to drive by the area and see it for myself.
Our house is relatively all together but I would love to get my hands on something like that down the line. Dallas is wonderfully littered with 50s ranches and MCMs.
here is the email address:
thanks and good luck!!
Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:00 pm
Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:43 am
you have my attention!
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Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:43 pm
I was thinking about why they would cover the windows with that wood treatment. One thing that I have noticed about Dallas is that people seem to keep all their windows covered all the time. Maybe that has something to do with it, I don't know. Interesting nonetheless.
Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:59 pm
It's been a little while since I posted about this new adventure. Needless to say, we hit a few delays - mortgage company wanted us to repair the foundation BEFORE they would let us close. A dicey situation indeed, but it all worked out in the end:
Anyway, we finally closed last week and the work has begun!
I had a stroke of good luck in tracking down the original owner of the house. She was incredibly sweet and was very eager to help us by providing photos and as much info as she could remember. She was obviously shocked at what had come of her once beloved home. It continues to amaze just about everyone when they see pictures of what a combination of neglect and poor taste can accomplish:
Regardless, we now have photographic evidence that the house was at one time pretty darn cool! As the story goes, the owner and architect had served in Okinawa during WWII - this house was his MCM tribute to the Japanese architecture he had learned to appreciate while stationed there:
The picture of the rear of the house was taken the day construction was completed - speaking of which, the house was built with tilt wall concrete construction - very cool stuff!
So, more to come!
Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:06 am
oops! Almost forgot!
Guess what was underneath those horrible engineered wood floors? Yep, original poured venetian terrazzo throughout the entire house!
Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:30 am
Congrats on scoring all that terrazzo. When we refinished the terrazzo in our last house I was amazed at how well it cleaned up. It's my all time favorite flooring, sadly we don't have terrazzo in our current house.
Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:46 pm
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:58 am
Just thought an update was in order, so here are a few before and during progress pics!
The roof is a 60 mil TPO membrane - great stuff and a heck of a deal on this particular roof. The foam roof we ended up tearing off was in horrible shape. We had areas that had foam up to 10 inches thick and completely soaked through with water. It was definitely time for a change.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:26 am
I see you took off the octopus. What was your HVAC solution?
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:59 am
The octopus had to go! Fortunately, there was existing ductwork built into the slab that was in excellent condition, so we are now using it again. Works great and has all kinds of positive benefits from being located in a concrete floor.
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Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:11 am
A/C is definitely a way of life in Texas - no doubt about it. So far, I've been very pleased with the floor-based duct system. Of course, we haven't exactly had any 100+ degree days as of yet, but that will, unfortunately, be here very soon. Either way, getting that mess off of the roof was a major priority, but we had the new system installed first, just to make sure the floor system would work very well before we 86'd the roof ducts.
Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:49 pm
Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:26 pm
wow, quite an undertaking!
It's looking great!
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