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Louis Fredrick home, Barrington Hills, IL
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: fredrick house update Reply with quote

through the years, the yellow/gold floors were stained with brown in hopes of making it look like leather and then sealed with a clear acrylic coating. The coatings are being removed with a soy-based stripper.



the colored concrete floor was created by first pouring a structural floor slab of traditional concrete, which was then covered with a 1 inch thick decorative concrete with integral color. Unfortunately, the contractor must have waited for awhile between pours, and the topping slab has separated from the structural slab below. A lime-based bonding agent (not epoxy) is being injected into cracks to reattached the topping slab.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: terrace wall Reply with quote

The back terrace wall has been rebuilt using stainless steel flashing beneath the rowlock top course and the rest of the wall. The flashing uses a dovetail pattern to properly bond the masonry together.


Bentonite is being used to pull dirt from the old bricks and remove calcium deposits.




A new patio/terrace is being constructed on the back of the house AT GRADE to provide the owner with outdoor space for the summer.



A reflecting pool, planters and tinted concrete placed on the grid are the hardscape components. Small gravels and soil will be placed between the concrete pavers to allow small plants to flourish. The rest of the property will be allowed to return to the midwestern climax forest of Oaks, Hawthorns and native plants.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos -- thanks, outside in. In the photo with the caption about the flashing, is the brick being tuck-pointed ? The finished wall looks great . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo !
We'd love to see some interior views, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. It's looking very nice. Very interesting to see the original floor color coming back.

Too bad we can't get JPB_1971 (or an administrator) to correct the thread title: Fredrick is an unusual spelling of the name, but it's the right one in this case.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work...the on grade patio is elegant.
Our house was originally built with a structural base slab and a 1” topping with the shake on tint. There is some cracking here and there, but one spot in the living room has a hollow sound when tapped....it is not loose.
Did you encounter hollow sounds at Fredrick?
Is the lime based injection a commercially available product?
Does the filler fill the crack such that it needs tinting?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the concrete contractor drags a hammer over the floor, and its easy to hear where the slab has separated. We're not bothering to fix small separations. I'll have to check with him to see what the specifics of the lime mix are as well. Small holes are drilled (1/8") along the cracks - the material fills in the void and works up through the crack. The cracks are filled with the material, and when dried are tinted to match the adjacent concrete. We are planning a tinted lime wash of sorts to even out the concrete color before sealing. The current debate is whether to use a clear concrete sealer and wax, or just wax.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: on the home stretch Reply with quote

Furniture has been fabricated, finished and installed






Master Bedroom and Bath





I apologize for the little LED "dots" - the diffusers have not been installed yet





Guest Bedroom


Kids Bath original Henry Dreyfuss-designed sinks with rosewood top restored

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoo-hah. Look at that. All the lovely ribbon mahogany, for a start (or a finish). Looks like Chicago common brick, but longer than standard ?

Does the client have some Heritage Henredon pieces, complemented by the new work ? Was the molding available, or did it have to be created ?

The house looks great. Great architecture deserves great restoration and maintenance.

(Barrington Hills brings to mind a handsome Edward Dart residence, somewhere there -- a flat-roofed structure in which some of the steel shows,
flush with the ceiling plane and painted black (as I recall). Brick, with an original organ space, among other features. The restoring owner had
matching brick split to make facing, where some modification had to be accommodated within a given wall thickness.)

Keep us informed, as ever -- it's appreciated, John.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new bath is slick! The house looks great.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where would I find those long piano hinges today.
They appear to have more heft than the ones for sale at the big box hardware stores?
Grainger?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Some people swear by McMaster-Carr. I'd bet that a mobile-home manufacturer would have some resources on file . . . just off the top of my head. They would perhaps not be using brass -- but where there's smoke . . . ?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For years, with only a single photo in Storrer to go by, the Fredrick House seemed easy to dismiss. Now with a more intimate examination, its true beauty is made apparent. Great house. Great restoration job.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Roderick - its a wonderful house and has been overlooked - the fireplace is a Rumford design and works magnificently.
Louis Fredrick chose the brick - same as that used at Cranbrook - and also worked with Wright on the color of the floor. Fredrick was an interior designer and had contacts with Heritage Henredon - who shipped 100's of lineal feet of the wooden edge pattern used on the FLW furniture for use on shelving and built-ins. Luckily we found quite a bit extra in the storage area over the hallway and used it for the fabrication of TV and Coffee tables so it would fit in with the rest of the house. I'll post more when finished - its been a very fulfilling project. Soon we will be building the front gate and storage building designed by Wright but never built.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I often wonder if owners and others are aware of the pleasure that the trades and professions involved in their projects take with the work, when allowed to carry on that work at the highest standard.

Conversely, work compromised by lack of budget, by impatience or other impediments, is invariably a source of pain for those who know better and would like to exercise their abilities in service of a truly satisfactory outcome . . .

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