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    Been looking at mid-century modern homes. I recently went to a party in an Eichler home in the east bay. KC and I are in constant conversations about what our life looks like after our boy goes to college in a year and a half. Of course my dream is greater than our budget... We may end up moving to Sacramento, Phoenix or another less expensive place over the next years.

    Inspiring designs with open floor plans and glass walls.





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    My buddy just bought one what looks a bit like the top picture. A custom builder built himself a custom home.

    Too flash for me, but I DO like the style.

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    I live in one.
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    ME!

    I shopped HARD for a MCM house last time around, but there just aren't that many around here.

    The inlaws have a midcentury ranch that started out as MCM, but every time something needs to be fixed or replaced or remodeled it leans decidedly toward "french colonial". It's their money, it's their house, but OH MY GOD IT KILLS ME EVERY TIME THEY PAY A BIG PILE OF MONEY TO COMPLETELY EFF UP THEIR HOUSE.
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    I grow up in one; Levittown NJ (now Wilingboro). The houses in my neighborhood all looked like the ones in the brochure; mine was 'B', the single-story smaller one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    I grow up in one; Levittown NJ (now Wilingboro). The houses in my neighborhood all looked like the ones in the brochure; mine was 'B', the single-story smaller one.

    My cousin's lived there in a B plan right next to the fire station! Have great memories chasing fireflies there.
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    I'd expect him to take the Huff.

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    When I was a boy a close friend of my mother lived in this Frank-Lloyd Wright house. it was moved to its present location at Woodlawn Plantation.

    http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/aboutpope-leighey/


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    I like the style a lot, a lot. Not ideal for the Pacific NW, however.
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    My daughters home in Portland was built in 1956. It came in a kit delivered in three trucks. The builder then customized some of the parts to fit the existing foundation of a house that had burned down. It has a front window wall, and high horizontal bedroom windows. She's quite a collector of MCM furniture.
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    Meeeee !!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Meeeee !!!!!!

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    i did the Eames study house in the Pacific Palisades 2 years ago. I love the mixed materials use. Very cool and worth the reservations. I'd do that house again now that i am more studied. We could go to Duke's afterword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    Shades of "Heat", Roger Van Zant's house. Big glass windows to throw chairs through. "Where is Waingro?"
    Damn Bob you're killing me with my favorite movies - "Where is Waingro?" I'm just waiting for you to start quoting Sutherland from Eye of the Needle and our obtuse film connection will be complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Damn Bob you're killing me with my favorite movies - "Where is Waingro?" I'm just waiting for you to start quoting Sutherland from Eye of the Needle and our obtuse film connection will be complete.
    Haven't seen it! Gonna have to, based on your recommendation. Looking at description, the deception part, reminds me of Day of the Jackal (1973), well thought-out movie.
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    . . . a close friend of my mother lived in this Frank-Lloyd Wright house
    Is the a Usonian house? Did the roof leak? I'm a great fan of Wright's aesthetics, but I don't know that he ever designed a building that didn't leak somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Is the a Usonian house? Did the roof leak? I'm a great fan of Wright's aesthetics, but I don't know that he ever designed a building that didn't leak somewhere.

    Yes it was a maintenance nightmare as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Is the a Usonian house? Did the roof leak? I'm a great fan of Wright's aesthetics, but I don't know that he ever designed a building that didn't leak somewhere.
    Ahead of his time. Certainly ahead of roofing technology in his time.
    If built today they'd be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    Ahead of his time. Certainly ahead of roofing technology in his time. If built today they'd be fine.
    Some of that. Also Wright believing he was good at engineering, and never, ever listening to anyone else
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    Some of that. Also Wright believing he was good at engineering, and never, ever listening to anyone else
    That'll happen when everyone else is always saying no you can't do that.
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    A lot of these houses are visually striking, no doubt about it. However, many are (IMO) hard & cold (cold in feel, not temperature) inside, thus being very uncomfortable to actually live in.

    Part of that feeling is because of growing up in remodeled barns - done by my parents &, when I got old enough, with my help. These too required cheap heating oil, but provided some wonderful open spaces, but with the warmth of wood abounding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    That'll happen when everyone else is always saying no you can't do that.
    And sometimes they're right. The trick is to know when to listen to them and when not to. Wright never listened to anybody. That's one reason he was so good, and also why many of his buildings were almost uninhabitable.
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    We have a lot of home like this in Richmond. They don't do much for me.





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    Skip that's not MCM It might be Mid Century but certainly not Modern.
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    ^ yeah you are right!

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    There are a LOT of homes like the one posted by Skip, in New England.... whole neighborhoods full of them:



    This would be called a 'split entry', here in NE.... a similar style, a bit different, is called a 'split level'.

    The other popular style in the northeast would be the 'garrison colonial':



    These were built in vast quantities in the 60's and 70's... mine is similar, although the details on mine are more contemporary (Anderson single pane windows, instead of 4 over 4).
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    Ours is a mid century 2-1 cottage. Not modern but not a ranchburger either. It could stand another head and a larger garage for at least one car, AND a decent size shop. There's a bit of a chance we'll move north and find a small town a ways inland for a larger AND cheaper house. We could also stay for another decade or two, but if we move I'd prolly be able to leverage another boat into the deal.


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    We toured the Robert Alexander estate in Palm Springs last year. Famous for its architecture and a former tenant: Elivs



    Great interior:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Been looking at mid-century modern homes. I recently went to a party in an Eichler home in the east bay. KC and I are in constant conversations about what our life looks like after our boy goes to college in a year and a half. Of course my dream is greater than our budget... We may end up moving to Sacramento, Phoenix or another less expensive place over the next years.

    Inspiring designs with open floor plans and glass walls.
    As a kid I lived in a little brick house. Mid century. Not modern. Certainly not as nice looking as those you show. But it was home.

    You could have any of the houses you showed built in a low rent district.
    Life is complex.

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    this Frank-Lloyd Wright house. it was moved to its present location at Woodlawn Plantation
    I don't know the history of that FLW house, but "moving" one probably had him spinning in his grave, given his ideas on fitting the house to the surroundings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    I don't know the history of that FLW house, but "moving" one probably had him spinning in his grave, given his ideas on fitting the house to the surroundings.
    It was originally in the path of I-66, I think near Falls Church or Vienna. They moved more than 20 miles across Fairfax County.

    I don't remember the details as I was too young. When I would go to visit Ms. Leghey, the house was in it's current location.

    The house was moved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They are the owners of Woodlawn Plantation. Woodlawn was a gift from George Washington to his favorite niece .


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    Owned a couple. One what is called a 'bungalow' here, similar to house 8, #18. The other a skillion roofed architect designed and built house on a steep slope giving part two stories. Interesting but dated and quite difficult to modernise facilities wise without messing with the houses' design integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    The rust out back is a lovely touch but I wonder about the placement of the stairs.
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