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Postby classic form » Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:34 pm

That's my VCT. It's not in that bad of shape in the upper level baths but when we replace it in the rest of the house we will do the baths to match.

Funny, where else would people willingly show their bath to the world?

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Postby Joe » Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:56 pm

only on Lotta Livin, where we care about your bathroom!

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Postby tikiyaki » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:37 pm

...yea, and only on Lotta Livin would someone say "hey, great bathroom" when it looks like it's all original from the 50's, instead of "god, you really need to update"

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Postby classic form » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:48 am

Ah, yeah. I guess the master bath would fit that mold. Still has the step up tub, but the floating cabinet with full windows above would qualify. I wasn't thinking of that one cause wifey won't let me in.
Notice the one I use has no windows? Hers has a wall of them. Hmmm...

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Postby Chimay » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:57 am

:D Too funny. Sounds like you got the short end of that stick.
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Postby Joe » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:03 pm

check out the bathrooms A. Quincy Jones designed in the X-100 and his unbuilt Case Study house. Perfectly modern 50+ years later. Even for Chimay!

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Postby Chimay » Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:08 pm

YES! I agree!
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Postby Chimay » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:38 pm

Actually, SDR, what I'm trying to say is that all things mid-century are not necessarily "mid-century modern". I recognize that taste is a very personal thing; no point in debating that. But honestly, the bathroom was typically the least modern, most forgotten room in most MCM houses-and there was nothing particularly "MCM" about them in many cases. They were not frequently an integral part of the design of the house. Frankly, many are identical to the bathrooms in my grandparents' 1932 Sears Roebuck catalog-ordered "Victorian" model (which, to me, anyway, is the antithesis of MCM) or any house built in North America between about 1930 to 1965 or so. So what I'm saying is that bathrooms were an oft-neglected part of an MCM home, and that they hadn't really evolved at all at that point from the pre-war period (save for a few architects at the time who actually started to think about it for their more upscale clients).

So the bathroom in an MCM home is a pretty polarizing topic, because it quickly separates the hard-core preservationists (historical accuracy uber alles) vs. the modernists and most architects - who greatly admire MCM homes but also consider them as more of an evolution or progression in the history of good design.
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Postby SDR » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:08 pm

Ah -- An interesting point missed by me and probably many others. I now see what you are getting at -- and your own handsome remodel corrects that deficit, in spades !

Maybe it's time for a scholarly study of the issue (if one doen't exist -- one could search the files of JSAH -- the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; I also recall at least one article on the subject in Old House Journal, several years back). Anyway, you have brought it out, and we benefit as a result. This has been one of the liveliest threads of the past year.

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Postby Chimay » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:26 pm

I don't mean to imply that my remodel is the answer. In fact, there are plenty of things I'd do differently after my experience - and if I had the time, the patience, and the money to do it again. What one chooses to do is almost beside the point, frankly. But I do think it's generally more fun and interesting to do something to try to better incorporate the space than to just leave it or reproduce what was originally there when what was there wasn't a room that architects or designers spent much time looking at back in the day. This is a topic that's been rattling around in my head for a while now, so this topic struck a nerve and it's a good opportunity to pursue this and get feedback from everyone on their thoughts. I don't have the answers - but I do think it's important to ask the questions.
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Postby devildogranch » Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:36 am

Here are some photos of my master bath. My home was built in 1952, but this bathroom was part of a 1960 addition which included an enlarged master bedroom (with swell walk-in cedar-lined closet) and a separate studio.
http://www.devildogranch.com/appersonmasterbath.html
There are certainly more sleek and sophisticated fixtures and materials on the market today, but aside from the floor (I ripped up the vinyl rolled flooring - what you see is unfinished cement slab) everything is in pristine condition and in perfect scale. I luurrve my vanity, spring-loaded cabinets and coved formica counters! Aside from figuring out a flooring, paint spruce-up and finding a white toilet lid <g> I'm not changing a thing.

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Postby Joe » Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:49 am

looks perfect! LOVE the maple/birch (which ever it is) paneling and cabinetry!

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Postby classic form » Thu Oct 20, 2005 3:59 am

Well, I wish I would have known about this site 5 years ago before I broke down and bought a "wood" seat for a blue toilet. By the way...did anyone see "the ugliest bathroom in america" this past weekend on hgtv or some such channel? They showed bad bath after bad bath that folks sent in hoping to be chosen for a make over. I guess this is not the only place that people will show off the bathroom, Joe.

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