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  1. For those who might be interested - I found the name of the architect. It was Donald Reimers who, as I mentioned, recently retired from Kirksey. I don't know where he was employed at the time he designed our house, but he lived two doors down from it.
  2. Thanks for your reply. Our house is really unique. We had heard that it was designed by an architect who lived in our neighborhood for his in-laws. It's pretty much all brick facade across the front with two single-car garages facing each other across a curved driveway. As I said, the back is all glass and there is a lot of glass in all the bedrooms as well. It's not a very practical house - a bit small for the neighborhood, no attic (very low slope roof), very little storage, small bedrooms, etc., but we love it. The living areas are very open and the glass walls on the back wall overlook a large deck and a ravine that we have landscaped extensively. Our house has been updated in a few ways - completely new kitchen, an interior courtyard was enclosed to create a breakfast area, and the terrazzo floors have all been covered with wood. Nevertheless, although it wouldn't satisfy a purist, I think that it has retained its MCM look and feel very well despite the updates/upgrades. We were unable to identify the architect for a long time until my wife happened to meet his daughter. I don't have his name at the moment, but he just recently retired from Kirksey. I'll come back and post it when I have it. It's not a name I've seen mentioned on here before. I neglected to add to my other response that the doors and windows are not particularly plaqued by structural issues, although I suspect that a couple of panes of glass may have cracked from the stress due to settlement - it is obvious that the rear of the house, which is built as close as the architect dared to put it to the ravine, has settled a bit. Having said that, it has been pretty static for the 15 years we have lived in it, and we aren't terribly concerned about further settlement (and we have addressed the erosion of the ravine). Our house will eventually be a tear-down, but not by our hands.
  3. Thanks much. I have received flyers from them from time to time and have the impression that they do good work in a broad range of areas. I should let them take a look at our situation.
  4. Thanks. I may take a shot at it. Cosmetically, it isn't really in that bad a shape, at least in my opinion. I've been bothered by the corrosion, but I had chalked it up to what you expect for the exposure and didn't let it bother me because I don't think it looks that bad (plus I was too lazy to do it - it's quite a lot of area to cover). My wife is the one who put her foot down, and it was more a matter of a combination of things, mostly minor, that just led her to feel we needed to either get our current doors fixed or get something new. I can't blame her and I have to confess that for something that is the focus of attention, the doors and windows could stand to regain a bit of their luster.
  5. Hi all. Our house has extensive amounts of floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows - all across the entire back of the house as well as large windows in all the bedrooms. They are Arcadia brand, high-quality doors and windows - Arcadia claims to have been the originator of the sliding glass door, but in any event it is clear that these were high-end products when our house was built in 1965. We are suffering from an accumulation of minor issues that wew would like to address with the doors and windows - ranging from cracked panes of glass to damaged or missing weatherstripping to miscellaneous parts (the roller wheels on the doors, locks, etc.). Also, the exterior services don't look their best after all these years, being somewhat corroded looking from exposure to the elements. Replacing all of the windows and doors seems likely to be prohibitively expensive. Even if we did, we would most likely want to stick with the style that we have in order to maintain the design. The only advantage that I can see would be the improvement in thermal properties that we could achieve, and that's not all that attractive to us. So, I'm hoping that there's a qualified service provider out there who can refurbish our Arcadias in place. I've seen at least one other person who offers this service - in the Bay Area in California - so I'm hoping that there's someone in this vicinity who might be able to help. From what I've read, it might cost only 10 to 20% of the cost of new doors and windows to refurbish the perfectly wonderful Arcadias that we already own. Thanks in advance for any recommendations or alternatives you might have to offer.
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