Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House

For Jerry Gropp. Happy Holidays, Jerry! The story.
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46 thoughts on “Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House

  1. Question for you, Jerry. Have you seen many Mid-Century Modern Homes (real not gingerbread) done in an Art Deco theme? One of my clients bought a simple one story rambler and have started to collect some Art Deco Pieces.

    I’ve always wondered how costly it might be to raise the ceiling height on a one story home, since the low ceilings (just under 8 feet) seem to be an appreciation inhibitor. Let’s assume the house needs a new roof, so don’t include the cost of a new roof. How much more would it be to add vaulted ceilings or raise the height to 9 feet overall with valuted ceilings in the main living areas?

    Can you ballpark that?

  2. It’s a simple one story with a slightly pitched vs flat roof.

    The ceilings in the fireplace room in your link look like the “outdated” 7′,8″ that needs “raising”.

    One of the reasons many people want new or newer housing is to gain the 9′ or 10″ ceilings, so raising ceiling height in older homes will be a hot topic in the PNW in this decade.

  3. Jerry,

    Most people can figure out how to get new windows…it’s the ceiling height that makes putting money into these homes, for windows and most anything, a value limited proposition as to resale value.

    If you put in a ton of money and no one wants it because the ceilings are too low, then maybe you shouldn’t be investing in the structure at all.

  4. You crack me up Jerry. Never can get a straight answer out of you! 🙂

    How’s this? Does adding one foot to the height of a one floor home cost more than putting in all new windows? Of course one would likely do both.

    • I must confess to being more than a bit dismayed when
      one of my favorite RCG correspondents simply doesn’t
      recognize a “straight answer” when it is served to her. 🙂

      Adding one foot to the height of Home A might well cost
      twice as much as adding one foot to the height of Home B
      and putting in all new windows might well entail changing
      the size and proportion of many of the existing windows. Again
      I’ve done a lot of these highly divergent home imrovements.

      Inasmuch as many homes suffer from indifferent, inexpert
      window design (placement and/or proportions, etc.), clients
      who recognize these shortcomings (before or after purchase)
      often consult with me as to how feasible needed changes
      will be. I’m often brought into the negotiatons before an
      Earnest Money Offer is put forward with the provision:
      Subject to the Approval of Jerry Gropp Architect AIA.

  5. 1,300 sf rambler. Flat lot. Add 12 to 18 inches to height of ceilings. Ballpark it. Are we talking $10,000? $75,000? X per sf? It’s a box, and we want the lid to be higher up.

  6. Yes! Great answer! Thanks Jerry. Makes perfect sense too.

    Thank you. Much appreciated.

    Another good topic is “truss lift”. You don’t see it often, but I was surprised recently to hear about it in some new construction homes, given severe weather conditions.

    Usually you only see it in homes built in the 70s or so when the prefab trusses were attached incorrectly for a brief period. Also more common East Coast than West. But recently I’ve heard about problems with truss lift locally in new construction.

    Near impossible to truly fix that problem, I think. Your thoughts?

  7. Ardell- All Truss Manufacturers specify exactly
    how their trusses are to be fastened to the top
    plate. Should be no “lift problem”- if these are
    followed to the letter. However, often they are
    not- except on my jobs. On our previous topic-
    BALLPARKING” per se is one of the best ways
    for Real Estate Brokers- and Architects to get in
    trouble. Construction costs are made up of
    many items added up- carefully.

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