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Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:54 am
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Topic: Sure, we can call anything "Frank Lloyd Wright"
Replies: 1583
Views: 354665

Re: Sure, we can call anything "Frank Lloyd Wright"

Hans Geyer was a very talented architect from Racine - and accomplished many homes in a somewhat Usonian/international style. Never worked with Wright. This home was owned by Ray Farley, one of the only non-Johnson family members to head up Johnson Wax. We found him to be a wonderful, thoughtful cli...
by outside in
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:57 am
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Topic: Concrete floor / radiant heat experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: Concrete floor / radiant heat experiences?

the technique of sending a mouse with an attached wire through the 1-1/2" piping is feasible only if the pipes have radiused corners, which many of them do. It was first successfully used in refrigeration warehouses in california, and would certainly work on radiant heating systems as well. The insi...
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Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:53 am
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Topic: Concrete floor / radiant heat experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 407

Re: Concrete floor / radiant heat experiences?

radiant heating systems are wonderful when they work, disasters when they don't. The heating systems that many owners love to hate. Ultimately they are destined to fail - oxidation in piping, be it steel, wrought iron or copper will eventually cause leaks and require repair and/or replacement. There...
by outside in
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:22 pm
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Topic: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area

I wondered about that too roderick. Some kind of transition is needed at the second floor because the top plate is slightly lower than the ceiling rafters, so curved, or angled, it would have been necessary. I don't understand the curved ceiling/wall at the first floor, however, since there is no ne...
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Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:45 am
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Topic: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area

my point being that demo and carpentry work will be needed before the roofing contractor can do his thing. I"ve had good results from A.B. Edwards roofing co.
by outside in
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:16 am
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Re: Hardy House windows

lol - I was waiting for that - and you seem to neglect mentioning that the Ross House would have certainly been demolished had I not spent hundreds of thousand of dollars fixing it - which, using your logic, would allow me to do whatever I wanted so that "some guy from Chicago wouldn't come in and t...
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Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:08 am
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Re: Hardy House windows

please read the attached secretary of interior standards for restoration - and then compare to the work done on the house: Standards for Restoration 1. A property will be used as it was historically or be given a new use which reflects the property's restoration period. 2. Materials and features fro...
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Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:55 am
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Topic: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: need a roofing contractor, Chicago area

hello, in looking at the photos it appears that the roofs were built with inadequate slope, or pitch. I believe the remedy will involve either removing the existing roofing, installing sloped sleepers with new plywood sheathing prior to installing a new roof -it may also be solved by using sloped ri...
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:41 pm
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Re: Hardy House windows

sorry Mark, I know this is a deeply personal issue for you, but the right thing would have been restoring the windows and putting them back in the house. If that was considered impossible, I would think that a tax-deductible gift would be appropriate. Selling windows always gives the impression that...
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:06 pm
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Re: Hardy House windows

if you google hardy house windows there appears to have been 3 sales, a single, a pair, and a group of 3. I am feeling a little uneasy with posting this information, especially since so much work was done to restore this incredible home, but I do feel its important to re-emphasize what, exactly, res...
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:07 pm
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Re: Hardy House windows

the "replica" windows will not match the originals, as they were fabricated using a copper-plating technique over zinc caming. I would anticipate that the new windows would cost about $500 or so. Also, thank you SDR, I can now see that the "replicas" do not match the original, and looking closely at...
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:08 pm
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Topic: Hardy House windows
Replies: 36
Views: 1732

Hardy House windows

https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ec ... .1413.html

surprised to see that Sothebys auctioned off a total of six windows from the house removed during the most recent "restoration" - Each window fetched about $6000. Sad that Gene didn't do "the wright thing"
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:10 am
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Topic: Ross House Construction Photos
Replies: 259
Views: 130793

Re: Ross House Construction Photos

thank you - it was a solution that worked well in two ways: added insulation and elimination of those horrible built-in gutters.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:53 pm
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Topic: Ross House Construction Photos
Replies: 259
Views: 130793

Re: Ross House Construction Photos

thank you roderick, sdr and david. We've added so much insulation to the roof that the snow only melts when the weather is right. Since the panels are on the second floor roof there are probably 10-15 days during the winter that they are out of commission with a snow cover. The sun angle is so low, ...
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:47 am
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Topic: Ross House Construction Photos
Replies: 259
Views: 130793

Re: Ross House Construction Photos

We are very happy to announce that The Ross House project has been shortlisted by THE PLAN magazine for the sustainable design competition sponsored by Mitsubishi https://www.theplan.it/eng/award-2020-homeefficiencytechnologyspecialcontest/the-ross-house-one-of-seven-homes-by-frank-lloyd-wright-eifl...