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MCM Mechanicals

We are staying pretty much on track at the Mid Century Modern renovation, this week we updated and changed around the mechanicals of the house to fit our new design. After my old plumber didn’t show up, I moved on and hired a new guy which really handled business. To prep the exterior for the new stucco job we also had the house sand blasted. You cant put new stucco over paint. I always find it best to do this before you put your new windows in if possible so you don’t accidentally blast them too! Next up for this week is put the new windows and rear sliders in, patch all the drywall and then we’ll be ready for interior paint and tile. We’ve had several interested buyers already stopping by, just wait until they see the dramatic change that will soon take place!

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  2. By halbert on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hi, Tom.

    Enjoyed the update. That clogged kitchen sink line is the stuff of nightmares. Every time I scrape off the hard water deposits around our faucets I think, WHEN I get wall-mounted, I won’t have to do this! Can’t wait to see yours.

  3. By Fred Hauth on Jan 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Tom,

    Just sending a friendly note saying, “Hi”… I’m one of four editors over at One Project Closer. Love finding new sites that are into the harder site of remodeling. Looks like you have quite a business going. Would love to feature you on our site at some point… We love featuring hardcore flips. Looks like the MCM house is your latest challenge. I’ll definitely try to keep up with your latest.


  4. By Pablo on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    Gonna look awesome! Can’t wait to see the sconces in the kitchen. Neat idea marking the cabinets/appliances in chalk.

  5. By Bruce May on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great video Tom. I enjoy seeing the progress on your projects.

  6. By bilgefisher on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply


    when you sell these house, do you ever share the remodeling pictures with the new owners?


  7. By halbert on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply

    Tom, if you get a chance, any tips or strategies for shopping for windows? I’ve got huge, fixed picture windows (no ventilation) and 60s-era louvered-glass windows to replace.

    Also, around here, a lot of new commercial construction is looking like a rift on MCM. It got me wondering if commercial window applications are an affordable route for homeowners. Any thoughts?

  8. By Tom on Feb 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Jason No, I don’t tell them about the site and pics. A few years back they would find the site after the purchase and contact me saying how excited they were. For the past 2 years however every buyer has found the site during the purchase. Its a sign of the times, everyone Google’s you to learn what they can I guess. We even Google people who write offers so I expect no less!

  9. By Tom on Feb 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Halbert. I’ll throw out some details this weekend when I post the window pics. I just got all the new Milgard aluminum windows in last night. I shopped around and I’ll tell you how I found the best deal, measured and installed. I’ve noticed that too, many schools and City buildings have the cool modern look now. I’ve known some remodelers to use the aluminum commercial tracks and front door installs but after pricing it out we ended up ordering just frosted glass on wood frame for the front door.

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