Sunday, November 12, 2006
Do You Know This House?
I finally have a place to go...
I feel like there should be some shelves, pictures, or something above the toilet but quite frankly, I really like the cleanliness of there being nothing. The paint color is warm grey (Dolphin Fin); I'm using Behr paints' new(ish) flat enamel product. It's the same color I used in the other bathroom and I like it there but I really like it in here. And no, there's no dirt on the camera lens, one of my screw anchor hole patches didn't take entirely.
I believe these may be the original knobs. Anyhow, I'm surprised (shocked, actually) that the chrome plating is still in such good shape since it's been in a bathroom with lots of moisture. Of the three, only one had signifcant pitting and the other two (pictured) cleaned up quite nicely.
One thing very unique about Cliff May houses are the door jambs. Most houses have big door jambs and casings that go on the outside of the wall. In most Cliff Mays the jambs are set into the wall. The effect is much sleeker, but a pain to paint since the paint line is very exposed and has to be pretty close to perfect.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The Battle of Midway
I think I'm suffering from multiple personality disorder, too. I'm both the anal-retentive customer from Hell and the annoyed contractor -- all in one. I even made myself a little "punch list" of the work items I wasn't satisfied with. :)
Anyhow, it is starting to take shape and I'm discovering the blue wasn't such a horrible color; it was just a bit much on all four walls and the ceiling. But I like the Behr "Dolphin Fin" a lot better. The white ceiling makes a big difference too.
I've also been cleaning up some of the hardware like the cabinet door pulls and the hinges. It should be fun. I'll be sure so some really nice photos when the bathroom painting is complete.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Back in the Swing...
Also, there's a point where you've captured most of the low-hanging fruit. The easy / fun (I hardly distinguish a difference anymore) projects are done and it's time to get serious. Or so I thought. About a month ago (around my birthday) I started to think more and more about the house. So after a summer of BBQs and beer I'm back at it.
I also had a really nice time visiting a couple in Pomona who also own a Cliff May. There's actually a neighborhood of about 60 houses out there and they're actually affordable (at least by SoCal standards).
Okay...ON TO THE CARNAGE! I decided to embark on a light redo of my master
bathroom. These previous owners were, shock, big fans of the color blue. I've been living in a periwinkle wonderland of self-sanitation I'm in the middle of demo and stuff. So enjoy the carnage:
Okay, so maybe there isn't a ton of carnage. But I found some really cool hinges being used to hold on the linen cabinet doors:
BUT WAIT....THERE'S MORE!
Okay, I put this at the bottom because it's not exactly something I want to advertise just yet. Cliff May built between 11,000 and 19,000 homes (depending on how you estimate) around the country. Wouldn't it be great if there was a registry of houses, neighborhoods, and owners? There will be...