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Postby Joe » Tue May 31, 2005 8:45 am

gawd sienna, you're on fire!

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Postby johnnyapollo » Tue May 31, 2005 8:57 am

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) 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 glasss 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/t&g ceiling
37) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
38 ) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 levelled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
39) installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
40) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
41) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
42) marble!!!
43) STUPID DOOR HANDLES (pic)
44) Visual overload
45) Big Greek / Italian /mediterranian columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gawdy statues and fountians containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
46) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
47) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
48 ) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
49) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
50 ) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
51) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
52) paint a redwood tounge and groove ceiling
53) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
54) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture):
55) Popcorn ceilings
56) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
57) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
58 ) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
59) Compromising your principles.
60 ) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
61) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
62) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
63) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
64) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
65) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
66) Saltillo Tiles
67) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
68 ) Never throwing anything away.
69) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
70) Buying a a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
71) Round top windows!
72) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
73) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
74) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
75) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
76) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
77) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
78 ) allowing termites to gobble it all up
79) anything faux
80) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
81) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
82) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
83 ) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
84) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
85) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
86) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
87) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
88 ) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
89) Turning the master bedroom into a den
90) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
91) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
92) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
93) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
94) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
95) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
96) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway

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Postby Joe » Tue May 31, 2005 9:08 am

Sienna wrote:It's sad that most of my examples are from my own home :(

Crap done by the original owner


me too!

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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) 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 glasss 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/t&g ceiling
37) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
38 ) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 levelled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
39) installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
40) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
41) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
42) marble!!!
43) STUPID DOOR HANDLES (pic)
44) Visual overload
45) Big Greek / Italian /mediterranian columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gawdy statues and fountians containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
46) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
47) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
48 ) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
49) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
50 ) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
51) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
52) paint a redwood tounge and groove ceiling
53) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
54) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture):
55) Popcorn ceilings
56) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
57) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
58 ) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
59) Compromising your principles.
60 ) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
61) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
62) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
63) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
64) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
65) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
66) Saltillo Tiles
67) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
68 ) Never throwing anything away.
69) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
70) Buying a a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
71) Round top windows!
72) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
73) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
74) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
75) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
76) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
77) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
78 ) allowing termites to gobble it all up
79) anything faux
80) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
81) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
82) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
83 ) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
84) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
85) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
86) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
87) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
88 ) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
89) Turning the master bedroom into a den
90) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
91) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
92) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
93) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
94) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
95) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
96) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
97) french doors to patio

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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue May 31, 2005 10:59 am

Almost there! Anyone want to add?

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Postby Chimay » Tue May 31, 2005 11:04 am

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) 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 glasss 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/t&g ceiling
37) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
38 ) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 levelled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
39) installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
40) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
41) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
42) marble!!!
43) STUPID DOOR HANDLES (pic)
44) Visual overload
45) Big Greek / Italian /mediterranian columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gawdy statues and fountians containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
46) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
47) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
48 ) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
49) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
50 ) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
51) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
52) paint a redwood tounge and groove ceiling
53) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
54) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture):
55) Popcorn ceilings
56) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
57) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
58 ) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
59) Compromising your principles.
60 ) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
61) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
62) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
63) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
64) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
65) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
66) Saltillo Tiles
67) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
68 ) Never throwing anything away.
69) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
70) Buying a a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
71) Round top windows!
72) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
73) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
74) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
75) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
76) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
77) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
78 ) allowing termites to gobble it all up
79) anything faux
80) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
81) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
82) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
83 ) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
84) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
85) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
86) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
87) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
88 ) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
89) Turning the master bedroom into a den
90) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
91) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
92) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
93) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
94) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
95) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
96) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
97) french doors to patio
98 ) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)
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Postby moderns-r-us » Tue May 31, 2005 11:08 am

Chimay wrote:98 ) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)


Sadly many of the House that Home Built homes designed by Jones and Emmons and built by Don Drummond have fallen victim to the same phenomenon.

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Postby Joe » Tue May 31, 2005 11:12 am

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) 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 glasss 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/t&g ceiling
37) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
38 ) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 levelled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
39) installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
40) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
41) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
42) marble!!!
43) STUPID DOOR HANDLES (pic)
44) Visual overload
45) Big Greek / Italian /mediterranian columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gawdy statues and fountians containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
46) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
47) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
48 ) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
49) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
50 ) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
51) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
52) paint a redwood tounge and groove ceiling
53) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
54) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture):
55) Popcorn ceilings
56) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
57) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
58 ) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
59) Compromising your principles.
60 ) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
61) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
62) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
63) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
64) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
65) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
66) Saltillo Tiles
67) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
68 ) Never throwing anything away.
69) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
70) Buying a a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
71) Round top windows!
72) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
73) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
74) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
75) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
76) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
77) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
78 ) allowing termites to gobble it all up
79) anything faux
80) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
81) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
82) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
83 ) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
84) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
85) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
86) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
87) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
88 ) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
89) Turning the master bedroom into a den
90) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
91) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
92) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
93) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
94) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
95) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
96) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
97) french doors to patio
98 ) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)
99) covering up exposed beams so the house look like other conventional framed homes
100) covering up an atrium to create more indoor space

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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) 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 glasss 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/t&g ceiling
37) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat"
38 ) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 levelled the entire slab on your hands and knees.
39) installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab
40) cutting down the fascia, removing original down spouts to install gutters.
41) whitewash the interior with white paint to make it feel larger
42) marble!!!
43) STUPID DOOR HANDLES (pic)
44) Visual overload
45) Big Greek / Italian /mediterranian columns added to the front (or inside). Also, gawdy statues and fountians containing cherubs, angels, naked people, The Virgin Mary etc,
46) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)
47) Collecting and displaying too many knick knacks in a 1200 sq ft MCM house:
48 ) Removing all signs of nature outside by putting concrete everywhere, thereby defeating the harmony between house and nature attitude of many modernists.
49) Sticking a mantle on a stone fireplace that isn't supposed to have one.
50 ) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it.
51) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...
52) paint a redwood tounge and groove ceiling
53) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place"
54) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture):
55) Popcorn ceilings
56) Installing the cable box right outside the front door
57) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post.
58 ) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport).
59) Compromising your principles.
60 ) Misunderstanding/confusing "Ranch House" with "Ranch Style" house thus recreating the Little House on the Prairie
61) A sweet barn style shed. See pic;
62) Lace curtains (maybe this is just a Texas problem?)
63) Placing ANYTHING in or around the house from Hobby Lobby, Kirklands, or credited to either Thomas Kinkade or Mary Englebreit.
64) Smothering the interior with cheesy wallpaper.
65) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall).
66) Saltillo Tiles
67) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider!
68 ) Never throwing anything away.
69) Adding exposed conduit, wire mold, or worse, exposed wiring to beams and columns of you post and beam home.
70) Buying a a mid-century modern home and then normalizing it to make it look like any other home.
71) Round top windows!
72) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it.
73) Replacing your vintage globe lights with too much cheesy low-voltage lighting.
74) Adding a shingle roof in place of a tar and gravel roof on a pitch that is too low for shingles. IT WILL LEAK!
75) Three or four masonry materials where one or two will do.
76) invite 100 scooterist over to your house, with a live punk band, and 5 kegs of PBR (no, I haven't done this... yet)
77) adding an addition not in the style and design of the home
78 ) allowing termites to gobble it all up
79) anything faux
80) hire an architect who doesn't understand Modernism
81) not participating on the Lotta Living bboard
82) Stained glass or beveled glass windows
83 ) tiling over original magnasite deck... extra points for bad colorful folk art tile
84) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard
85) Describing MCM houses as "retro"
86) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof
87) Refacing an original fireplace, let alone with a thin flagstone laminate
88 ) Installing arches or rounded corners in a room opening or between rooms
89) Turning the master bedroom into a den
90) Replace your garage door with a brick fireplace
91) Inappropriate furnishings?? (see flowery couch with detailed, routed wood)
92) Adding brick driveway columns topped by gold stone lions
93) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you).
94) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy"
95) Covering the metal columns with wood to make them look like more like classical columns.
96) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway
97) french doors to patio
98 ) Sawing off the overhanging roof and beams (Most of the P&Ks in my neighborhood have fallen victim to this)
99) covering up exposed beams so the house look like other conventional framed homes
100) Adding turned pickets to all railing for that "country french" look!
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
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Postby Joe » Tue May 31, 2005 11:17 am

I am going to post this on the Eichler Network board. I am sure it will get removed because half of the folks on that board will disagree with most of these points.

shear ignorance!
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Postby johnnyapollo » Tue May 31, 2005 11:18 am

Reviewing the list - some items should probably be consolidated into like groups, while others should be explained or quantified a bit. Just my 2 cents - someone reading the last post without going through the whole thread may not understand what some of the references are.

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Postby Sienna » Tue May 31, 2005 1:08 pm

Joe wrote:gawd sienna, you're on fire!



Making up for virtually no posts over the weekend! And now that rule 5 is lifted...

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Postby Sienna » Tue May 31, 2005 1:09 pm

Wow!!! Looks like we made it. Good job everyone


The final list should be placed somewhere permanent on the website or as a sticky... :-O:

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Postby minx » Tue May 31, 2005 2:08 pm

Can I add a bonus point?

101. Drywalling up gable end windows...from the outside (drywall + rain = horrid mess).

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Postby Sienna » Tue May 31, 2005 2:13 pm

minx wrote:Can I add a bonus point?

101. Drywalling up gable end windows...from the outside (drywall + rain = horrid mess).


Hey!!! That's a good one, one I should've thought of...especially since my house has that "modification" too

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Postby Keke » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:06 am

Wow! Now that's a list! Although I must confess that I've violated a rule here and there (#47, 68, 84 and 96 to be specific...heh-heh *gulp!*) :oops:

But I think I'll add one bonus more rule that was inspired by my mom:

102. Looking over an untouched, near-pristene P&K home and then declaring , "It has such potential!"

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Postby Joe » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:37 am

well Keke, since none of your violations are permanent, you'll only be placed on double-secret probation. You are here by ordered to 6 months rehabilitation by talking about these serious issues on the Lotta Living bbs.

Is it lunch time yet?

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Postby PlanetGlass » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:57 am

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) Demolition.

The end. I win. 8)

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:01 pm

OK everyone! Sorry for the awkward silence at the end of the list. I have been too busy to wrap this baby up.

Our winner is Sienna with a whopping 23 points.

Joe and Synthetic Space tied for second with 16 points each.

Sienna wins a copy of Tomorrow’s House by George Nelson and Henry Wright, circa 1949.

Sienna please private message me your particulars so I can send you your book! I hope it helps with your Cliff May Rancho!

Sienna: You deserve special recognition for using so many photos of your own house!


I cleaned up the list a little and deleted one double post. Formerly items 32 and 37 were duplicated. Since 101 seemed too similar to 19, item 102 became our new 100th item.

Thank You everyone for your participation and congratulations on a job well done! Feel free to add photos or even add new line items to the list.

In the coming weeks I will add some additional thoughts.


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/Lowe’s 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 (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) 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/t&g ceiling
37) Using a pick axe or jackhammer to remove original 8x8 linoleum tiles so one can install Home Depot terracotta 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 (pic)
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(far right of picture):
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, Kirkland’s, 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!"

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Postby modfan » Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:06 am

3) Adding a second story-ONLY IF IT’S APPROPRIATE TO THE MODERN AESTHETIC
5) Installing a white metal colonial style garage door in place of the original redwood sided door (pic incl) –SEEMS LIKE ROLL UP GARAGE DOOR COMPANIES COULD MAKE SOME ‘MODERN’ DESIGNS
6) Adding vinyl double hung replacement windows-IF YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT ONES THEY LOOK OK
7) Heading to Home Depot/Lowe’s with home equity loan money in hand-I’D RATHER GO TO GREAT INDOORS OR HOME EXPO THE MODERN CHOICES ARE BETTER
9) Replacing your tar & gravel roof with Spanish tile.-TILE WORKS GREAT ON LOWER PITCHED ROOFS
10) Covering your tongue & groove ceiling and wood beams with sheetrock-ONLY IF IT’S IN BAD CONDITION OR TO ADD INSULATION
11) Roof over the atrium and add desirable square footage-ONLY IN CASES LIKE THE STRENG HOMES
13) One word: Stucco DON’T KNOCK STUCCO, JUST HAVE IT DONE APPROPRIATELY
14) Two words: crown molding! AND A DUST CATCHER
15) Three words: 70s wall paneling (pic) WHAT’S THAT?
16) Carriage lights BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE MODERN STYLE ONES
17) Slathering one color of paint over everything - double points if it's Peach, Pink or Yellow.
WELL WHITE IS NEUTRAL
18 ) Painting over stone ONLY IF IT’S REALLY BAD CONDITION
19) replacing single pane glass in the glass end gables with double pain glass Y
or plywood DOUBLE PANE GLASS I THINK WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE PRESERVES THE LOOK BUT DOES THE ENERGY CONSERVATION THING
23) Replacing in slab ductwork with overhead ductwork ONLY IF THE SLAB DUCTWORK IS BAD AND THE OH IS DONE APPROPRIATELY-NOT ROOF BUT USE SOFFITS AESTHETICALLY PLACED
24) Enclosing the carport / Converting the garage into living space-ONLY TO MAKE AN ENCLOSED GARAGE-IF ITS LIVING SPACE ONLY IF IT’S DONE RIGHT AND A GARAGE SPACE IS ADDED
25) Granite!!!!!!!! IT’S OK, BUT CUTTING ON IT DESTROYS THE SEALER
26) Install over-sized "professional grade" appliances (Viking, Subzero) in small galley kitchen.-ONLY IF YOU ARE INTO COOKING
28 ) ANYTHING made out of bright, shiny brass-WHAT ABOUT STUFF THAT’S MODERN?
29) Tear it down to build a McMansion TEAR DOWN A MC MANSION AND BUILD A MODERN!
31) Replacing original wood framed windows with aluminum framed sliding glass doors: ONLY IF THE WOOD ONES ARE IN REALLY BAD CONDITION
32) Basin sinks / oversize tubs / Anything described as turning your bathroom into a "personal spa" or "retreat" I DON’T MIND IT BUT THOSE LOW OVAL TUBS I FIND ARE HARDLY USED
34) selling off all the one of a kind, original architect designed furniture and light fixtures because it "doesn't fit in" BUT POST HERE FIRST TO GIVE EVERYONE HERE FIRST CRACK AT EM
36) Installing a ceiling fan in a vaulted, exposed beam/t&g ceiling SOME PLACES YOU NEED THIS TO AID COOLING AND THERE ARE MODERN ONES
38 ) Installing hardwood floors over a radiant heated concrete slab-BOTTON LINE-BUT HOW DO THEY LET THE HEAT THRU?
41) marble!!! CULTURED MARBLE I THINK IS OK (CIRCA 1964?)
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,- THINK THE HOUSE FROM MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING SAME AS 43
45) painting over unpainted exterior wood (instead of stain)-IN SOME CASES PAINT I THINK WILL DO
49) Putting a white lattice archway in the front yard walkway with flowers and vines growing all over it. –EASY TO TAKE DOWN
50) Plain ole' neglect...having a cool MCM home, and letting it go...chipping paint, rotted fascias, overgrown foliage etc...-FIND ME A GOOD ONE LOCALLY AT A GOOD PRICE AND YOU HAVE A BUYER
51) paint a redwood tongue and groove ceiling ONLY IF IT’S IN BAD CONDITION
52) covering beautiful terrazzo floors with nylon fiber wall to wall carpet to "update the place" BUT IN SOME CASES YOU WANT CARPET
53) Installing an aluminum patio(far right of picture): BLOWS AWAY IN THE NEXT WINDSTORM
54) Popcorn ceilings-IF THEY HAVE ASBESTOS THAT CAN BE EXPENSIVE TO REMOVE
55) Installing the cable box right outside the front door AND THE SAT DISH AT THE FRONT!
56) Putting in one of those one-piece molded plastic mailboxes on a post. WELL IF IT’S CURBSIDE DELIVERY SUBJECT TO VANDALISM I CAN SEE WHY NOT TO INVEST TO MUCH IN ONE
57) Fake brick exterior siding (There's a bunch of these on the Neutra tract homes near the Burbank Airport). ONLY IF APPROPRIATE
64) Removing perfect mahogany paneling so that it can be replaced with drywall (this also includes just covering it with drywall). IF PANELING IS IN BAD CONDITION OR PUT DRYWALL UNDER PANELING, ALL THIS IS BETTER FIREPROOFING
66) Adding onto the back, after all, all that glass makes a great room divider! ADD ON APPROPRIATELY
70) Round top windows! IF DONE RIGHT
71) Raising up your slab on grade MCM home and adding a basement under it. REALLY REALLY EXPENSIVE TO DO IN SOME AREAS
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! SEE 9
83) Placing a Pink Flamingo in your Garden/Yard BUT THAT’S SO COOL!!!
85) Placing an A/C unit on the top of your roof IN SOME PLACES THAT IS NORMAL-(LAS VEGAS?)
92) Building a circular turret on the front of the house (I'll take pics of these last two for you). IS THAT A SYMBOL OF MCMANSIONISM OR WHAT!
93) Adding lattice to the front to "improve the look and privacy" EASY TO TAKE DOWN AND RECYCLE
95) Hanging seasonal flags (i.e. santa, the easter bunny) outside your entryway YEAH OK BUT A LITTLE TO ANAL RETENTIVE BUT YOU SHOULD TAKE EM DOWN AFTER THE SEASON/HOLIDAY
IF IT’S AN AMERICAN FLAG YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LIGHT SHINE ON IT AT NIGHT.
96) French doors to patio I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE ATTRACTION OF FRENCH DOORS-YOU CAN’TOPEN THEM FOR AIR WITH A SCREEN WITH THE VERT BLINDS DRAWN
100) Looking over an untouched, near-pristine P&K home and then declaring , "It has such potential!" BUT ONLY TO UPDATE IT APPROPRIATELY SEE 50

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Some of these

Postby modfan » Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:08 am

Needed a comment
Some of these I think were divided between the purists and the not so purists
And some were Well Duh of course.

All in all well done folks

Now if I could find that MCM diamond in the rough!
:D

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100 ways to screw up your MCM

Postby Ann Archy » Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:06 am

This thread has been the most fun I've had in years!
Modfan, your added comments are priceless -- it just goes to show, "everything's relative."

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Postby Joe » Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:51 pm

this was a competition? Ah shucks. I don't have that book! Errr. I thought if a bunch driving to LA and back over the weekend! I should have wrote them down!

Good job sienna! We'll make a purist out of you in no time!

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Postby moderns-r-us » Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:30 pm

Joe wrote:this was a competition? Ah shucks. I don't have that book! Errr. I thought if a bunch driving to LA and back over the weekend! I should have wrote them down!

Good job sienna! We'll make a purist out of you in no time!


Thought of more? Keep it going and write them down!

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Postby Sienna » Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:22 am

Joe wrote:this was a competition? Ah shucks. I don't have that book! Errr. I thought if a bunch driving to LA and back over the weekend! I should have wrote them down!



Hey, you should've stopped by!

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Postby SDR » Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:36 pm

What condition would stone have to be in that you "had to paint over it"??

Round top windows "if done right"??

Tile roofs??

Oy. . .
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Postby Joe » Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:29 am

Sienna wrote:Hey, you should've stopped by!


I was on a mission. Picked up my window and doors at minx in Pomona, stopped at Sids and In-n-Out in Santa Clarita, then back home. I was in the greater LA area for maybe 5 hours (half on freeway).

But I'll be down again soon. LBC for sure.

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Postby hoodlam » Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:46 pm

i wasn't sure if these were on "the list" but they are on mine:

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 playset
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

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Postby SDR » Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:50 pm

Gracious -- I hope you haven't had to deal with all of those indiscretions personally?!


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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:38 pm

hoodlam wrote:i wasn't sure if these were on "the list" but they are on mine:

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 playset
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


Sounds like Hoodlam closed on his very own, new to him, Lortondale, MCM, fixer-upper!


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