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New Garage Doors

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As much fun as remodelling the inside of the house has been, we’ve been eager to spruce up the outside.

The house needs a good coat of paint, but before we could do anything about that we needed to deal with the garage door situation.

As you can see from the picture on the top left, the house had a sliding door that leads to an unfinished room that was originally a garage bay.

The door doesn’t fit the design of the house. We decided it had to go.

Calling on our favorite contractor, John Mueller, we turned the house back into a two garage home.

We had two wooden doors installed that matched the vintage of the home. We will hold off on having them painted until we are ready to give the whole house a fresh coat of paint.

We are really pleased with how the doors came out.

Retro Windows with a View

Thursday, March 6th, 2008
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One of the things we love about our Mid-Century home is these windows.

The window on the left is on the east side of the kitchen and looks out over La Grande and the Grande Ronde Valley. It has one of the best views from the house and makes working at the kitchen sink a joy.

As you can see, two-thirds of the window is fixed frame with the other one third being a casement window that opens outward. On the inside of the casement there is a built-in screen that rolls up like a roller shade so you can get to the hummingbird feeder.

The house has four windows of this design: one in the kitchen, two in the master bedroom, and one in the guest bedroom.

We have discovered you can still have this style window custom made and are considering having two made for our home.

One would replace the window in the third bed room (Gary’s den). We assume this room originally had a window like the other rooms, but the one in this room has been replaced with an aluminum-frame sliding window. Replacing this window with one in the original style should go a long way toward making the house more consistent with its original design.

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The guest bedroom in the southwest corner of the house has one of the original windows on the south wall but no window on the west wall.

The picture on the left is what the view from a window in that location would look like once it was installed!

This view seems way too beautiful to waste with a solid wall. The space is begging for a replacement mid-century modern window as well.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

LG Wreath 2007
It hardly seems possible that we have owned our home for over a year now; these are the second holiday greens we have hung on our front door.

If you are reading this because you are redoing your own mid-century modern home, stay tuned. We’re getting ready to gear up for our kitchen remodel, and hope to write more frequently this coming year.

Though we aren’t retro purists, we seem to be naturally collecting items and furniture from the period. We’re curious. Are you going to have an aluminum tree for your mid-century home? Regardless, enjoy your holidays.

If you are friends and family, reading this because of the link in our e-message, we hope you enjoy seeing a bit of our life in La Grande. We’re always up for visitors, so let us know if you’ll be heading this way.

We wish all of you a happy and healthy 2008!

Our new home from the front.

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Front Yard New HomeThis is the front view of our new home in La Grande.

It doesn’t look like much, but it gives you a general idea of what the design of the house is. We’ve figured out that the house design is “Mid-Century Modern”. We’re in the process of learning what that means, exactly.

The deck you see has a very nice view of the Grande Ronde Valley. From the back yard you have a view of a very steep hill.

The house sits on the edge of the La Grande City Limits and on the Urban Growth Boundary. We also learned the hill directly behind us is a “geographic hazard area”, which isn’t as ominous as it sounds.

What it means is that if the Urban Growth Boundary is ever expanded it will be very expensive to build there. In other words, no McMansions will be built and our back yard view will be preserved.

This is extremely important to people who have fled the urban disaster the Portland/Metropolitan area has become.