July 10, 2010

Molded Concrete Screen


Molded Concrete Screen, originally uploaded by TK Smith.

11 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

This is so cool!

Once again, ironic you posted this, because I was driving by a house yesterday that had one of these types of cement screens.

Now the one's I see around here are no where near as cool as this one!

But upon seeing one on another house, I contemplated doing something like this for my house.

Uhhh after I do the 1,946 other things I want to do first. =)

Space Commander said...

LoL, now it's 1,947 things to do ;)

I've spent all week madly attacking my windows - getting the old paint scraped, cleaning 'em up and repainting the wood in white primer and the painted over aluminum parts painted umm... back to aluminum (gave up trying to get the paint off of those *sigh*)

So far I have a grand total of three windows done... I'm getting discouraged!

Space Commander said...

ps... Are the screens there already prmade as a kit or arre they customized from scratch? It must be a West Coast thing... we don't have anything even remotely like this around here. Neighbors would probably freak out if somebody did! ;D

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I like the screen but even more the plants, oh how I wish I could grow that kinda thing here, pretty sure they wouldn't survive the UK climate!

Mick said...

I have thought about making a screen like this before... out of a sheet of metal (my dad is a first rate welder) but imnot sure where id put it! haha Maybe make a small pavillion with a roof and 3 walls in the smae design?! I love the shapes, and I try and get the concrete wall blocks that are kind of like that anywhere I can!

MoonDoggie said...

I love this kind of thing - blogged about it back in the early days of my blog but mine were more the typical kind.
This screen is something else!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

My aluminum casement windows have never been painted (wow!) but they look like 50+ year old unpainted aluminum windows =/ so you are not missing out on anything special. Neighbors got theirs painted and I'm thinking of doing the same because these just look so bad. =O

As for the screens, they are composed of standard "fancy" pre-made cement brick with a cut-out design in the centers of each brick (like you see in pics from the 50's on other buildings and such), and the simply brick in a wall in front of a porch.

Nothing fancy except the open style cement brickwork is very 1950's. And with the earthquakes around here they'd likely topple in a good shaker. =O

Space Commander said...

The Southwest look and Atomic mid century seem to always fit together so well to me.

ST Mama, some succulents do pretty good here (in the Plains states), but I have tropicals like hibiscus in large planters so that I can move them indoors during the winter.

Mick, I love the design but this screen would be so overpowering around my home! I'm thinking a small version in the front garden might be a possibility though...

Moondoggie, I was thinking of you when I was looking at this screen!

Ranch Lady, I know what you have now, there's still some of that to be found around here... usually on old offices instead of homes anymore :/ You're lucky to still have your's!

Amber Von Felts said...

I concur with all of the comments above. Super groovy.

Carole said...

That is fabulously cool!

Having worked with concrete, I don't think it would be hard to make molds and have this be a diy project! Hmmmm....ideas, ideas.....Hubby is going to thank you (not). lol

Sheet metal would look cool Mick!

Darrin.. said...

Wicked! I'd love to have this sitting outside of a mid century home!

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