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LottaLiving.com • Bought my 1st MCM apartment!!!
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Bought my 1st MCM apartment!!!

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:08 am
by Moderik
Hello to everyone,

Well I am happy to say that I have bought my 1st MCM property. It's not much, or big, but hey, I'm only 26. It needs some work, but it has great bones and has lots of potential. It was built in 1958 and was published in Architecural Fourm Magazine. It is approx. 1100 sqft and has a 10X10 courtyard that comes into the living room. Any reccommendations would be greatly appreciated. I have started to strip the stairs to reveal a beautiful solid oak and the floors underneath are pure concrete...on both floors.

I look forward to getting advice and encouragement from this fourm. Here's some pics!!!

Erik

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Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:32 am
by scowsa
Congratulations! Love the Atrium with its the cool wall.

If you use the Search feature you'll find a lot of discussion on concrete floors, plus the other projects you may be considering for the future.

BTW, 1100 sq ft is the size of a lot of the smaller homes out here on West Coast.

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:45 pm
by Futura Girl
that apartment is simply yummy!

congrats and welcome!

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:29 pm
by 64Cat
That looks sweet. What area of Dallas are you in. I travel there for work a bit and would love to see the building/outside.

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:30 pm
by BOXOUTBM
Congrats. Really like the Floating Stairs

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:58 pm
by Moderik
It's hidden in a neighborhood on turtle creek....i'm 3 buildings away from the Mansion on Turtle Creek if you know where that is.

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:37 pm
by Mid-Century Gent
Congrats on this great find! My suggestion is to remove the paint on the brick walls where ever possible. It will create a continuous flow from indoor to outdoor and the space will appear larger. Especially the down stairs wall adjacent to the atrium.

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:31 am
by ch

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:58 am
by home_boy
Oooh, it's a wonderful place! Congrats! You've done it now: you're going to have to post regular progress reports so that we can see what you're doing with the place. You're right about the good bones. That place would look good without even a stick of furniture in it.

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:05 am
by srk1941

Agree

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:08 am
by modfan

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:17 am
by Stephen

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:30 am
by moderns-r-us

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:34 am
by Moderik

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:23 am
by freeda
No advice from me, but congratulations!!! I love the stairs and the atrium!! :) I look forward to seeing "after" pics!

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:10 am
by MCMAdmirer

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:29 pm
by Dallasmodern
Congradulations on your recent purchase. It's a gem! As far as the bathroom sink goes- there are several options. A bath remodel will pay for itself- particularly in Dallas. Although there are several MCM's in the area, they don't last on the market long. If the bath is small, consider pedestal or wall wount sinks. Check out vitraform.com for inspiration.

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:30 pm
by googieagog

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:04 pm
by Moderik
Yes, the fixtures are all Crane. They are all in perfect working order and exteremly solid. I decided to keep the bathroom the same...just paint and regrout the whole room to give it an extremely clean look. I took all the carpet off of the floating staircase and have started stripping and sanding the solid oak stairs. It's going to be awhile before I do any major work because I want to live in it for awhile and really find out how the house is going to function.

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:48 pm
by egads
I kept the Crane toilets in my house. I throughly cleaned them with many overnight soaks of CLR. I worked a piece of coat hanger into and around the little hole towards the back that water shoots through during a flush. Then I retrofitted the flapper with one that adjusts. I even found a low noise fill valve. I think they now use as little water as a new low flow one.

The faucets can be rebuilt. Some new washers and some white plumbers grease and they will work like new. My only problem with your sink is the lack of any counter space. I don't think a new simple white sink with a little counter or even flat areas worked into the design would be a crime. It is something you need to use efficiently at least twice a day.

Oh, and a new clear frameless sliding shower door will do wonders for an old bath. You do, however, have to squeegee down after each use. Make sure the top of the tub the bottom track mounts to is completely clean.
Mask each side of the track and stick it down with clear silicone. Duct tape it in place and leave for at least 24 hours. Remove the masking while the silicone is still wet. When caulking the sides, use a latex product and remember, less is more. I also used rainX on my shower door. (made for cars) so even if I'm lazy (or someone I live with) and don't squeegee, The water spots don't stick.

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:41 am
by googieagog

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:34 am
by Dan O.
Great place, those stairs are the best; far better than having a stupid triangular closet under conventional stairs like you see in newer applications. It's nice to see an MCM apartment which is something we need more of around here.

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:12 am
by moderns-r-us
Speaking of Crane Baths Here is a Flikr find!

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Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:30 am
by srk1941
Those Crane fixtures were designed by Henry Dreyfuss...

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:56 am
by Moderik
Ok, so I had a "designer" come in and give me some ideas as well as a ballpark figure for an update...$60,000 w/o any furniture. Now I know that it can get up there, but it's only 1100 sqft. Plus he told me to gut the bathroom and that my hardware is a "dime a dozen". Anyway, I've decided to come back to the real world and tackle one project at a time. I've decided to just paint the brick for now. I've been looking at magazines and books and everything that I like seems to be painted white. Would a neutral color look odd in a MCM if I wanted to go for something warmer and different?

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:09 am
by Stephen

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:31 pm
by srk1941
I agree, find a designer that is in synch with your own sensibilities... I always think it's best to live in a place for some time before you really start making any changes. You'll get a better sense of what's important and what isn't.

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:18 pm
by egads
I went "warm' with the white I painted everything. I do plan to do some "feature" walls of color someday. Well maybe not, as I have some really good art that provides color. I also have warm wood and lots of outside views. For the most part there are no window coverings and I don't plan any. Being in an apt, your needs may be different. (stay away from vertical blinds, everyone I know with them hates them functionally) My suggestion is to find a retro vintage furniture store. If you do not feel confident in your own design abilities, then at least one of those folks would "get it". If they don't do design services per se, you can buy something and get them to deliver and then pick their brain. Also, try some college art shows. Real art will make all the difference.

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:29 am
by domus48

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:40 am
by Moderik
And here it is, a couple years later. I absolulty love the space and how it turned out. It was a lot of work for such a small space, but we ended up taking it to the studs and starting from scratch.

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