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  1. As featured in todays Swamplot, Daily Demolition Report: http://www.har.com/homevalue/dispSoldDetail.cfm?MLNUM=70842482#
  2. http://swamplot.com/behind-the-westminster-wall-still-modern-after-all-these-years/2010-05-13/#more-18436
  3. "The bulk of the mods designed on Kimberly were built by Floyd... at one point, he owned the whole block and then sold off other lots to a young upstart developer named Kickerillo." There are fine examples of MCM homes on the aforementioned street. And the home now under renovation/addition (second floor) appears at its current stage to be architect designed. This is a "wait and see" situation but so far the second floor addition appears to flow with the original architecture. "The house on Butterfly was always poorly maintained... A sad story - it was a great house with a pedigree, recognitio
  4. "That is a disappointment about mods - - that minimal machine aesthetic frequently does not lend itself well to additions." I would argue that most homes do not lend themselves well to additions -- especially an addition that does not involve an architect or designer who's attuned to the overall home design. Lot size is a primary driver so the general solution is to go vertical -- this assumes that a reworking of the interior of the house -- for an improved machine -- is not explored first. If the vertical addition is opted for -- as it most often is -- then at least a roof line that mimics t
  5. "Was this a private sale or did anyone know it was for sale? We never did a mod of the month there did we?" Believe this was a "private sale" as I walk the neighborhood weekly and never noted this house as for sale -- such would have triggered the MOTM switch in my noggin. "Looking at the plans, it seems like a very cute and efficient (small) Eichler-like house with only one bathroom." One bath is a tough sell in any scenario... adding a bath is a tidy sum but the end result is enhanced property value. "Someone had already made the patio into another room, which makes it a tough sell to a r
  6. Another William Floyd lost to the ages: http://memorialbendarchitecture.com/12931but.htm William Floyd designed house at 12931 Butterfly was quietly demolished by Ambush Demolition a week or so ago. A real pity this one, rarely do you find a house possessing architectural significance as well as occupant provenance – Gil Thweatt/Partner @ Welton Becket Associates and 3DI. Welton Becket Associates – Los Angles based – was responsible for many significant mid-century commercial buildings including Disney World’s Contemporary Resort and Capitol Tower in Hollywood . As you will see in the Memorial
  7. Key to the topic at hand is architectural integrity. That is to say that at home's inception, there existed a design intent which in turn was echoed within the neighborhood at large. By reducing the original look to that of a "decorated shed', what remains is a shell of the former edifice. And as "Willowisp" points out, such is problematic to restore once stripped away. The issue here is more about rendering correct, informed decisions rather than those of style over all else. What's to be gained by reducing a Modern home to old world, neo-colonial pastiche? While such may make the current ho
  8. "Matchstick Men" finds Nicholas Cage living in a cool West Coast Mid Century home.
  9. Many of you may be familiar with this site: http://artsandarchitecture.com/index.html For those who are not, this link offers a plethora of images and text concerning post-war modern architecture. Many issues may be downloaded for detailed analysis and there is also an architect search option. Really a well done site... enjoy.
  10. Per Swamplot (www.swamplot.com), the following Post-War Modern home is slated for demolition -- this one is a doozy: http://har.com/HomeValue/dispSoldDetail.cfm?MLNUM=3419461 Modified over the years with neo-classic elements but the buildings origins remain present. Impressive.
  11. Per Swamplot (www.swamplot.com), the following Post-War Modern home is slated for demolition: http://har.com/HomeValue/dispSoldDetail.cfm?MLNUM=2468643# This one appears largely unaltered and possesses some above average residential design elements.
  12. Per Swamplot (www.swamplot.com), the following homes are slated for demolition: 11 Knipp Rd., 77024 – Built 1960, 2320 s.f. on 17248 s.f., four bdrm., two baths (rectilinier design with flat roof) 15 Knipp Rd., 77024 – Built 1969, 3794 s.f. on 19851 s.f., four bdrm., four baths (rectilinier design with flat roof) Go to www.zwillow.com for a birds-eye view – 11 Knipp is more visible than 15 Knipp – be sure to pan around for a look at imposing stepford homes
  13. Interesting modern real estate piece from Oct. issue of Dwell: http://www.dwell.com/articles/an-introduction-to-modern-real-estate.html
  14. Interesting piece in the NYT: www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/garden/01film.html?scp=1&sq=the%20lens%20that%20loved&st=cse Perhaps the film will be showing here. Following this post, I investigated the films itinerary and there does not seem to be a Houston venue.
  15. Try to stick to Texas indigenous flora… many of the books geared to Texas landscaping will identify plants that prosper in Texas but are not indigenous. I am only aware of three books – the names of which escape me at the moment – that are specific to Texas and its flora. One of which – the largest and most comprehensive – offers a fair amount of information but the accompanying imagery is fairly poor given that a close-up of a flower does not adequately convey the quality of the plant. Nevertheless, it’s a start. Here are several sites that offer info on Xeriscape landscape: http://herselfsh
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