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Postby jesgord » Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:59 am

I don't think so. That fireplace doesn't have any vissualy valluable mid-century elements that you would be covering.

Just don't touch that great panneling. As an aside, I'd get rid of the acoustical ceiling tile...Im not too partial to it as a material. I'ds also scrap the flouresent ceiling fixtures and dispose of the window valences.

Thats just my 2 cents...others likely feel differently.

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Postby PNWgal » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:32 am

Thanks. That acoustical ceiling tile and cheap paneling were installed by the 80-year-old previous owner in the 1980s. The picture makes it look far better than it was. The only thing I really liked was the asbestos floor tile (not pictured), but it was in pretty bad shape, so we had to cover it.

Here is a poor quality picture of the messy updated basement. http://www.wisehawk.com/house/basement.jpg
We kept the original windows and had the sills built to match the sills elsewhere in the house. I know recessed lighting isn't 60s... We tried to update the basement while trying to keep with the spirit of the house. I guess that is a good thing about not having a name/designer home.

We also got a bid from Kerf to build a A/V cabinet in the niche. http://www.wisehawk.com/house/kerf.jpg Yes, the cheesy fireplace screen is coming off.

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Postby Luka » Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:28 pm

When you do re-face the fireplace would you please post pictures? We have a similarly ugly fireplace that we've considered doing the exact same thing. Good luck, can't wait to see it!

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Postby egads » Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:37 pm

Why are you putting the TV above the fireplace? Do you like neck pain? Or just want to do what you see on home improvement shows? :D All kidding aside, it should be a last resort. Only if nowhere else will work.

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Postby PNWgal » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:08 pm

Luka--shall do. We are currently considering 3/8" tile on mesh back. We originally planned to use the Bizassa mosaic, but the 3/8" was different and interesting. We have a baby due any minute now, so we won't get the fireplace completed right away. :wink:

egads--with the use of an articulated wall mount, that is the only place to have the TV centered in the room.

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Postby robbhouston » Wed May 02, 2007 12:46 pm

100 Ways to Screw Up Your Mid-Century Modern Home...

How about putting up an enchanted garden wall mural, complete with shutter murals...

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I couldn't resist. This blurb was in a Lowes flyer in TODAY'S junk mail.

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Postby kjansma » Thu May 03, 2007 6:54 am

It's like a temporary tattoo for your wall!

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Postby roxy500 » Thu May 03, 2007 8:06 am

OMG that is so amazingly horrible. That is one way to ruin ANY home.

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What not to do to an Alexander

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ARGHHHHHHHHHH.....notice the fan!
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Postby rockland » Mon May 07, 2007 2:52 pm

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how about painted landscape rocks and wishing wells.
this has just about all the exterior fouls.
would love to borrow a cup of sugar.....

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it was some time before we realized that our house is the same model.

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Postby retrocool » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:31 pm

1) Adding a steeper roof on top of your flat or shallow pitched roof.
2) Ornate front door. (Etched glass windows)
3) Adding a second story.
4) Putting in a country kitchen.
5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door (pic incl)
6) Adding vinyl double hung replacement windows
7) Heading to Home Depot/Lowes with home equity loan money in hand
8 ) Adding inappropriate window treatements ie-paned windows, decorative shutters, fancy storybook scrollwork/moldings.
9) Replacing your tar & gravel roof with Spanish tile.
10) Covering your tongue & groove ceiling and wood beams with sheetrock
11) Roof over the atrium and add desirable square footage
12) Putting a white picket OR Wrought Iron fence in the front yard (or ANYWHERE for that matter)
13) One word: Stucco
14) Two words: crown molding!
15) Three words: 70s wall paneling (pic)
16) Carriage lights
17) Slathering one color of paint over everything - double points if it's Peach, Pink or Yellow.
18 ) Painting over stone
19) replacing single pane glass in the glass end gables with double pain glass or plywood
20) vinyl siding
21) Installing gaudy brass light fixtures.
22) Covering up glass or painting over it. Exterior siding over what used to be glass under the two sets of windows in the J&J rooms. Inside paneling was installed over the glass:
23) Replacing in slab ductwork with overhead ductwork
24) Enclosing the carport / Converting the garage into living space
25) Granite!!!!!!!!
26) Install over-sized "professional grade" appliances (Viking, SubZero) in small galley kitchen.
27) Covering poured terrazzo with Home-Depot ceramic tile
28 ) ANYTHING made out of bright, shiny brass
29) Tear it down to build a McMansion
30) Columns and Spanish tile.
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Postby Jedison » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:51 pm

1) Adding a steeper roof on top of your flat or shallow pitched roof.
2) Ornate front door. (Etched glass windows)
3) Adding a second story.
4) Putting in a country kitchen.
5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door (pic incl)
6) Adding vinyl double hung replacement windows
7) Heading to Home Depot/Lowes with home equity loan money in hand
8 ) Adding inappropriate window treatements ie-paned windows, decorative shutters, fancy storybook scrollwork/moldings.
9) Replacing your tar & gravel roof with Spanish tile.
10) Covering your tongue & groove ceiling and wood beams with sheetrock
11) Roof over the atrium and add desirable square footage
12) Putting a white picket OR Wrought Iron fence in the front yard (or ANYWHERE for that matter)
13) One word: Stucco
14) Two words: crown molding!
15) Three words: 70s wall paneling (pic)
16) Carriage lights
17) Slathering one color of paint over everything - double points if it's Peach, Pink or Yellow.
18 ) Painting over stone
19) replacing single pane glass in the glass end gables with double pain glass or plywood
20) vinyl siding
21) Installing gaudy brass light fixtures.
22) Covering up glass or painting over it. Exterior siding over what used to be glass under the two sets of windows in the J&J rooms. Inside paneling was installed over the glass:
23) Replacing in slab ductwork with overhead ductwork
24) Enclosing the carport / Converting the garage into living space
25) Granite!!!!!!!!
26) Install over-sized "professional grade" appliances (Viking, SubZero) in small galley kitchen.
27) Covering poured terrazzo with Home-Depot ceramic tile
28 ) ANYTHING made out of bright, shiny brass
29) Tear it down to build a McMansion
30) Wall to wall carpet over hardwoods... so wrong!
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Postby deagna » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:32 am

Didn't anyone mention putting those self-stick vinyl tile squares on a beautiful hardwood floor!!

The two varieties we had in our house were one that looked like brown marble and one that was supposed to look like a parquet floor... over our wood floor. I know I'm not the only one's who's had to hand scrape that adhesive off the floor for hours and hours.

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tempting MCM Crime

Postby JGropp » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:14 am

Considered a crime against MCMs:

(1) Adding a steeper roof on top
of your flat or shallow pitched roof.

Having a dead flat roof up here
in the rainy NorthWest, I can see
how it's a tempting MCM Crime
to commit. Here's a non-criminal
conversion I did several years ago-

(Click)http://knol.google.com/k/jerry-gropp-architect-aia/a-flat-roof-fix-with-a-low-pitched/246qxuxd260sm/21#
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Postby Joe » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:20 pm

jerry, you just need to paste your web links and the forum code will handle the rest

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"Tiny URLs"

Postby JGropp » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:03 pm

Joe- I was trying to use a
"Tiny URL"which doesn't
work on Lotta Living. It's fixed
now. Thanks for the heads up.
Jerry

Take a look-http://tinyurl.com/

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Can I submit this?

Postby JGropp » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:19 am

Please may I submit this w/o being
tagged for double-posting? Jerry
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=15570&highlight=

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Postby Krafty Gal » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:09 pm

Hey, brass can be cool. Check out my entry light.

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Postby Joe » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:53 pm

cool light, Krafty Gal!

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Postby Re-Modern » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:34 am

I came across this thread a little bit too late, but have a couple that really bug me...

1) Adding "bay-windows" in the living area and those ugly "bump out" windows in the kitchen.

I'll post photos later of the house across the street from me....yikes.

2) Eliminating the eaves by pushing out exterior walls in search for more square footage.

My Cliff May is a victim of this from the last owner who was in search of more closet space and pushed an entire wall out to the end of the eave. This was a half-assed attempt to to not ruin the original foot print of the home, but you are still ruining the style and character of the exterior.

I'm in no way a purist or restoration guru, I'm changing many things inside my Cliff May home that many people wouldn't agree with, but I am really dead set against changing the structure and layout of these homes. I will be eliminating the extra closet space in order to restore the clean lines of the roof and eave.

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Postby Joe » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:05 pm

Re-Modern wrote:
My Cliff May is a victim of this from the last owner who was in search of more closet space and pushed an entire wall out to the end of the eave. This was a half-assed attempt to to not ruin the original foot print of the home, but you are still ruining the style and character of the exterior.

I'm in no way a purist or restoration guru, I'm changing many things inside my Cliff May home that many people wouldn't agree with, but I am really dead set against changing the structure and layout of these homes. I will be eliminating the extra closet space in order to restore the clean lines of the roof and eave.


you can always undo the bad remodeling decisions.

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List Update

Postby moderns-r-us » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:11 pm

A little update of the infamous top 100 list. I updated some stray comments to the list and deleted a couple of duplicates.

100 Ways to Screw Up Your Mid-Century Modern Home

1) Adding a steeper roof on top of your flat or shallow pitched roof.
2) Ornate front door. (Etched glass windows)
3) Adding a second story.
4) Putting in a country kitchen.
5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door
6) Adding vinyl double hung replacement windows
7) Heading to Home Depot/Lowes with home equity loan money in hand
8 ) Adding inappropriate window treatments i.e.-paned windows, decorative shutters, fancy storybook scrollwork/moldings.
9) Replacing your tar & gravel roof with Spanish tile.
10) Covering your tongue & groove ceiling and wood beams with sheetrock
11) Roof over the atrium and add desirable square footage
12) Putting a white picket OR Wrought Iron fence in the front yard (or ANYWHERE for that matter)
13) One word: Stucco
14) Two words: crown molding!
15) Three words: 70s wall paneling
16) Carriage lights
17) Slathering one color of paint over everything - double points if it's Peach, Pink or Yellow.
18 ) Painting over stone
19) replacing single pane glass in the glass end gables with double pain glass or plywood
20) vinyl siding
21) Installing gaudy brass light fixtures.
22) Covering up glass or painting over it. Exterior siding over what used to be glass under the two sets of windows in the J&J rooms. Inside paneling was installed over the glass
23) Replacing in slab ductwork with overhead ductwork
24) Enclosing the carport / Converting the garage into living space
25) Granite!!!!!!!!
26) Install over-sized "professional grade" appliances (Viking, Subzero) in small galley kitchen.
27) Covering poured terrazzo with Home-Depot ceramic tile
28 ) ANYTHING made out of bright, shiny brass
29) Tear it down to build a McMansion
30) tearing out the original flat panel, flush faced kitchen cabinets and replacing them with fancy, ornate routed ones
31) Replacing original wood framed windows with aluminum framed sliding glass doors:
32) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
33) Installing inappropriately decorative house numbers.
34) selling off all the one of a kind, original architect designed furniture and light fixtures because it "doesn't fit in"
35) Putting in grid windows
36) Installing a ceiling fan in a vaulted, exposed beam and t&g ceiling
37) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terra cotta pavers and pimpin' purple carpet. I only wish I had the pictures to prove it. You simply haven't lived until you've patched and leveled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
38 ) Installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
39) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
40) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
41) marble!!!
42) Stupid Door Handles
43) Visual overload
44) Big Greek / Italian /Mediterranean columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gaudy statues and fountains containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
45) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
46) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
47) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
48 ) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
49) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
50) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
51) paint a redwood tongue and groove ceiling
52) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
53) Installing an aluminum patio (awning - editor)
54) Popcorn ceilings
55) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
56) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
57) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
58 ) Compromising your principles.
59) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
60) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
61) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
62) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
63) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
64) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
65) Saltillo Tiles
66) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
67) Never throwing anything away.
68 ) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
69) Buying a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
70) Round top windows!
71) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
72) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
73) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
74) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
75) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
76) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
77) allowing termites to gobble it all up
78 ) anything faux
79) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
80) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
81) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
82) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
83) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
84) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
85) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
86) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
87) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
88 ) Turning the master bedroom into a den
89) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
90) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
91) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
92) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
93) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
94) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
95) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
96) French doors to patio
97) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)
98 ) covering up exposed beams so the house look like other conventional framed homes
99) Adding turned pickets to all railing for that "country French" look!
100) Looking over an untouched, near-pristine P&K home and then declaring , "It has such potential!"
101) Painting over original polished aluminum Nutone range hood and splash shield.
102) Removing original skylark boomerang Formica countertops
103) tearing out original award winning landscaping to plant box woods.
104) planting boxwoods
105) planting bradford pears
106) yard ornamentation
107) turning your front yard into a playground full with play set
108) Inappropriate landscape lighting
109) Hanging towels up in place of curtains
110) non thoughtful placement of new thermostat
111) inappropriate storm doors
112) bad porch lights
113) horrible door knockers
114) fake stained glass inserts
115) painting your concrete porch green
116) satellite dishes
117) less than thoughtful placement of the ac unit
118) White plastic lattice screens!
119) Shutters!...
120) Screwing down additional insulation onto your t&g wood roof deck with screws that are too long and pierce through to the inside.
121) Painting over birch (or any other wood) closets/paneling.
122) let the realtor do it, so you don't have to
123) Installing a classical European wallpaper mural
124) Letting a real estate agent list a house as "a desirable lot" and not even showing pictures of the MCM house.
125) Hiring a realtor who just doesn't get it
126) Turn it into a barn (adding a gambrel roof - editor)
127) putting up an enchanted garden wall mural (in the interior - editor), complete with shutter murals
128) painted landscape rocks and wishing wells
129) Wall to wall carpet over hardwoods... so wrong!
130) those self-stick vinyl tile squares on a beautiful hardwood floor!!
131) Adding "bay-windows" in the living area and those ugly "bump out" windows in the kitchen.
132) Eliminating the eaves by pushing out exterior walls in search for more square footage.
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Postby Mod' i-fy » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:45 pm

Funny thing with #98
I had a friend suggest this because she felt my home reminded her of a log cabin. Eh yeah I kicked her out.
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Unwise Changes- Heres's a Link that works-

Postby JGropp » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:18 pm

Some unwise changes needing undoing- to a a house we used to own.

http://knol.google.com/k/jerry-gropp-ar ... 260sm/157#
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Postby UNCLE » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:16 pm

1) Adding a steeper roof on top of your flat or shallow pitched roof.
2) Ornate front door. (Etched glass windows)
3) Adding a second story.
4) Putting in a country kitchen.
5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door
6) Adding vinyl double hung replacement windows
7) Heading to Home Depot/Lowes with home equity loan money in hand
8 ) Adding inappropriate window treatments i.e.-paned windows, decorative shutters, fancy storybook scrollwork/moldings.
9) Replacing your tar & gravel roof with Spanish tile.
10) Covering your tongue & groove ceiling and wood beams with sheetrock
11) Roof over the atrium and add desirable square footage
12) Putting a white picket OR Wrought Iron fence in the front yard (or ANYWHERE for that matter)
13) One word: Stucco
14) Two words: crown molding!
15) Three words: 70s wall paneling
16) Carriage lights
17) Slathering one color of paint over everything - double points if it's Peach, Pink or Yellow.
18 ) Painting over stone
19) replacing single pane glass in the glass end gables with double pain glass or plywood
20) vinyl siding
21) Installing gaudy brass light fixtures.
22) Covering up glass or painting over it. Exterior siding over what used to be glass under the two sets of windows in the J&J rooms. Inside paneling was installed over the glass
23) Replacing in slab ductwork with overhead ductwork
24) Enclosing the carport / Converting the garage into living space
25) Granite!!!!!!!!
26) Install over-sized "professional grade" appliances (Viking, Subzero) in small galley kitchen.
27) Covering poured terrazzo with Home-Depot ceramic tile
28 ) ANYTHING made out of bright, shiny brass
29) Tear it down to build a McMansion
30) tearing out the original flat panel, flush faced kitchen cabinets and replacing them with fancy, ornate routed ones
31) Replacing original wood framed windows with aluminum framed sliding glass doors:
32) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
33) Installing inappropriately decorative house numbers.
34) selling off all the one of a kind, original architect designed furniture and light fixtures because it "doesn't fit in"
35) Putting in grid windows
36) Installing a ceiling fan in a vaulted, exposed beam and t&g ceiling
37) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terra cotta pavers and pimpin' purple carpet. I only wish I had the pictures to prove it. You simply haven't lived until you've patched and leveled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
38 ) Installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
39) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
40) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
41) marble!!!
42) Stupid Door Handles
43) Visual overload
44) Big Greek / Italian /Mediterranean columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gaudy statues and fountains containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
45) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
46) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
47) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
48 ) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
49) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
50) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
51) paint a redwood tongue and groove ceiling
52) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
53) Installing an aluminum patio (awning - editor)
54) Popcorn ceilings
55) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
56) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
57) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
58 ) Compromising your principles.
59) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
60) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
61) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
62) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
63) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
64) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
65) Saltillo Tiles
66) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
67) Never throwing anything away.
68 ) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
69) Buying a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
70) Round top windows!
71) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
72) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
73) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
74) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
75) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
76) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
77) allowing termites to gobble it all up
78 ) anything faux
79) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
80) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
81) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
82) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
83) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
84) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
85) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
86) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
87) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
88 ) Turning the master bedroom into a den
89) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
90) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
91) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
92) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
93) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
94) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
95) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
96) French doors to patio
97) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)
98 ) covering up exposed beams so the house look like other conventional framed homes
99) Adding turned pickets to all railing for that "country French" look!
100) Looking over an untouched, near-pristine P&K home and then declaring , "It has such potential!"
101) Painting over original polished aluminum Nutone range hood and splash shield.
102) Removing original skylark boomerang Formica countertops
103) tearing out original award winning landscaping to plant box woods.
104) planting boxwoods
105) planting bradford pears
106) yard ornamentation
107) turning your front yard into a playground full with play set
108) Inappropriate landscape lighting
109) Hanging towels up in place of curtains
110) non thoughtful placement of new thermostat
111) inappropriate storm doors
112) bad porch lights
113) horrible door knockers
114) fake stained glass inserts
115) painting your concrete porch green
116) satellite dishes
117) less than thoughtful placement of the ac unit
118) White plastic lattice screens!
119) Shutters!...
120) Screwing down additional insulation onto your t&g wood roof deck with screws that are too long and pierce through to the inside.
121) Painting over birch (or any other wood) closets/paneling.
122) let the realtor do it, so you don't have to
123) Installing a classical European wallpaper mural
124) Letting a real estate agent list a house as "a desirable lot" and not even showing pictures of the MCM house.
125) Hiring a realtor who just doesn't get it
126) Turn it into a barn (adding a gambrel roof - editor)
127) putting up an enchanted garden wall mural (in the interior - editor), complete with shutter murals
128) painted landscape rocks and wishing wells
129) Wall to wall carpet over hardwoods... so wrong!
130) those self-stick vinyl tile squares on a beautiful hardwood floor!!
131) Adding "bay-windows" in the living area and those ugly "bump out" windows in the kitchen.
132) Eliminating the eaves by pushing out exterior walls in search for more square footage.
133) Covering all the glass with mirrored window film (we will be scraping this off for ages.)


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