July 30, 2010MCM Home Improvement: New Construction
By Sablemable aka Jan
Whew! Quite a feat in home improvement, however, if I could tear down some of these new-fangled houses and replace them with a MCM home, so much the better! Right, gang?
Seriously, somebody out there wants, needs, desires to build an authentic MCM home and in one of my Popular Home magazines, this one house stood out among the many home plans that I have from that era. The plans shown are from the Spring 1955 edition. An interesting note about this home and the others featured in this issue was they were part of experimental construction by United States Gypsum’s Research Village. Six homes were built in Barrington Woods, Illinois near Chicago. They had an open house event back then during the months of April and May. Dadgummit! We just missed it by fifty-five years and two months! Wonder if any of these homes are still standing?
I don’t know what attracted me to this particular home, as it is on the small side, but I love the front door!
On this home, the architects called for steel and gypsum planks for quick construction and easy maintenance. The downstairs rec room has a “glass” wall that opens to the terrace and an extra bedroom and bath. Kohler bathroom fixtures, Mosaic Tile, Trane baseboard heating, Pittsburgh Plate Glass and Congoleum -Nairn Gold Seal vinyl flooring were used in the home.
Here’s a larger image of the floor plans.
What are your thoughts?