Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miscellaneous: My Gas Bill

My gas bill.

When I opened my gas bill last month, low and behold what do I see? What appears to be the right side of the A Frame with a lean to styled front entrance. What a treat. See, the architecture really isnt Swiss A Frame, its more Spanishy, seventies, southern California. Very prevalent where I live. We even have Casitas which would correspond to the 1982 Cottage.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Custom Repaints: Black Roof and Brown Floors, Also Green Walls

Black and brown repaint front.

Black and brown repaint rear.

Green beige repaint (during).

Longtime followers of the blog will know that I tend to be supportive of subtle upgrades and customizations of the nearly perfect and classic design of the house and alternately critical of complete changing/modernizing. These two houses which I came across recently have softened my opnion because I think they were done in the right way and really are aesthetically pleasing. The top house from what I recal sold on ebay auction for $250 plus shipping, so was valued higher than factory original due to how well it turned out. I love it, its conservative, realistic and the topiary plants are perfection. The greenhouse belongs to a follower whom I hope doesnt mind me posting it (let me know if you do). Its very similar to a project I would like to do in the future. As I am an orange/yellow house preserver I have been scouring ebay for years now for a cheap, abused pink on in order to justify the repaint. Personally, I think no matter what the repaint, whatever is white should remain white, the roof and floors are what you reinvent and the window trim is the wildcard. I think colored tape trimmed over the edges would be the best way as paint leaves imperfections. After the last ebay house purchase fiasco (forced refund, etc) I am highly reluctant to attempt another transaction, but it sure would make a great post my finished reinvention. Anyway, I was thinking white walls, lime green floors (mimicking green shag carpet (please see my incredible shrinking woman blog) and medium brown roofs lending itself to timeless realism. So it would still be 70's, just an alternate coloring, much like the Wolverine kitchen playset featured in the blog about contrasting the Dream kitchen appliances and the competitors quality. They have an orange/brown version, then came out with green/white. Really just a lateral move.

1978 Mattel A Frame Barbie Dream Doll House Red roof yellow floors mod groovy 1970s 1980s custom OOAK