Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anchor's A-Way a 1965 600 square foot A-Frame

Everyone know's I love A-Frames, and in the summer of 2013 I took on 2 of them as vacation rentals. Anchor's A-Way was in need of some organization, a good clean up, and some yard work.   Here's what we started with. I'll post what we ended up with in another article.
The built in bunch beds, which we're just in need of new mattresses.

Don't see the old cadet wall heaters very often - but it still works like a champ

Cool mid-century floor lamp and orange footstool.

I love the wood stove, but we had to lose it, as it was cracked, and not to code.   However we have saved the metal ring, and the white rock that filled it, incase we ever get to put one back in.


Kitchen just needed some cleaning and organization - very small but functional


40 years worth of the owners treasures and supplies

Bathroom, got a new floor and paint.

Bedrooom, loft got a new Queen bed, and some artwork, orginal yellow shag carpet is in gorgeous shape.

love the bunk beds, with the storage underneath, and the orange paint is just so fantastic.  Especially with the herringbone yellow/gold linoleum.

more stuff - the vintage red card table is folded up and ready to use for jigsaw puzzles on stormy days.


The Magic Chef Apartment size stove, got new drip pans and was ready to go back to cooking.


Well at least we were able to save the floor and the braided rug.  See next article for how Anchor's A-Way turned out.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Architectural Oddities

There are a few other gems I love. Some are just downright odd, and then there are those that are just rare here in Florence.

My favorite oddity is Sea Star Spa, which is one of my vacation rentals. It's actually just a square box, but you wouldn't guess that looking at it's roof:
Well this isn't really an oddity it's a dome, but it's an oddity here in Florence!
Eccentricity Antiques and I have decided that this is a Northwest Coastal Sixties Modern. There just is no other way you can describe them.

Whales Watch also a Northwest Coastal Sixties Modern.  Who in the heck puts a point at the front of their house with a flat roof pitched towards the beach? Of course living here, I know it tends to deflect the wind up and over us! I do know mine was built in 1969.
I'll let everyone make their own decisions on this one!
This is actually a tri-plex, but it's very beachy and really unique.

This is the newest house I took a picture of built in the late 90's.  But it is one house, just 3 Cape Cod Cottages put together?
 An finally, we have a few things going on here.  Pilings, a turret, and several different roof angles and pitches. However I think it's very beachy and it's one of my favorties. It was built sometime in the seventies.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Couple more A-Frames

My plan is to put together a private google map that I can hand out to guests or friends who are as nutty about A-Frames as me.  But here are 2 more I hunted down today. Some of these are located on semi-private streets that are best walked past.

 Erik from Eccentricity Antique Journey and I were debating about the one above.  It's sides aren't flat, is it an  A-Frame? Our conclusion, while modified with a curvy roof it does still fulfill the A-Frame requirement.
This one is wow - part of it, that makes it so wow is the lime green color.  But catch the fact that it has an A-dormer (there's a matching one on the other side).  And the fact that it has sort of an A front and back porch cover.  Not my color, but it is very cool.
Not a traditional A-Frame either, but an A-Frame nevertheless.


Monday, February 18, 2013

1965 Mid-Century Time Capsule "Starfish Sands"

I manage some great 1960's beach houses, all of which I love as they're what says beach to me.  But I have one that's just outstanding as a time capsule.  It's mostly original, and I love it for that.  Is it the house for everyone? No, but that's why variety is the spice of life.  I've been spending a lot of time reading stuff over at Retro Renovation, and this house seems to fall into a term Pam coined "mid-century modest"

The owners bought it in 2007 from the original owners son, so it's basically only on it's second owners and they're really into keeping it what it is.

Lets start with the outside, nothing says Sixties, like the stone fence, the cement & brick path, the double light posts out front.


Also the almost flat roof, the beamed front porch. This house is also constructed of cinder block and then stuccoed.  While common in a lot of places it's a rarity in Oregon.

The garage started out as a carport, that somebody enclosed.
Close up of Front porch Structure



This house even came with a great little picnic table that someone built - probably from a pattern out of an old mechanics illustrated magazine.


























The front of the house is one large room. Kitchen, dining and living.  With open beamed tongue & groove beamed ceilings, and of course nice 1960's paneling (which I think is Birch).


A close up shot of the fireplace and windows at the end of the room.

a real hearth as well
There's this great divider, separating the living room from the kitchen. On the living room side it's a book case on the other side it's the range.

ahh yes, seen as a "woddity in Turquoise" on Retro Renovation - here's one in copper tan-cocoa brown. It's a "woddity" due to it's 2 tiered burner set up.





The great part is the sink matches, and so does the Westinghouse Refirgerator.
With the freezer in the refrigerator, this bad boy frosts up something terrible, but it's just sooo cool!

 Notice that the door holds 2 dozen eggs

There are some great retro lights in the main room as well. This one is over the kitchen sink.
On the wall next to the front door.

Over the Dining room table.


I love the kitchen cabinets, and they are in great shape. ( I think they are Birch too)


Oh, and here's a photo close up of the Formica - which is perfect.


And the whole house is sporting the same carpet, the owners are a tad freaked out (understandably) about it in the bathroom.
Speaking of the Bathroom it's a time capsule too:


Love the Light

The shower makes you realize that it was a different world in 1965.  I'm 5'6 and I fit in the shower.  But if you're 6 foot and an average weight you are not going to be comfortable in this shower.  One of our guests said it made the shower in his RV seem spacious :-)


Bathroom fan is even original - The cadet wall heater was original, but shorted out in a blaze of glory a year ago!
The back door off the driveway, enters into a Laundry/Pantry/Storage room.



A few interesting details from the bedrooms: Wonderful sixties bedroom curtains

 An an early american lamp and night stand that came with the house.
More early american.

The overhead light fixture

More 1960's Curtains



This overhead light - I LOVE!


All the sliding closet doors, seem to be solid wood and heavy - with those cool little recessed openers

 Another piece of early american
The hall way has a really interesting wall texture


Well I think this is a fantastic place - I hope you enjoyed the tour.  If anyone wants to stay in this historical gem you can find it on our website.