The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 6, 1967 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, April 6, 1967
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Good Neighbors and Good Living Go Hand in Hand Update that Bathroom! Enjoy More Convenience Bathrooms rank high on the list of most wanted — and needed — home improvement projects. According to the trade publication, Building Supply News, 16.5 million bathrooms in the United States are badly out-moded, too small and inconvenient. If cost is inhibiting your immediate plans for bathroom modernization, the editors remind you that the bathroom demands consideration because it can do so much to improve the home and increase the family's comfort. What's more, says the magazine, a wide variety of new plumbing fixtures, accessories and materials that are both decorative and utilitarian, allow you to choose features that will suit your budget as well as your taste. The three major disadvantages of older bathrooms are lack of privacy, space and modern convenience features. The tendency toward larger families means that one bathroom per house is simply not enough. Most families require at least an additional powder room. If you can't manage a second bathroom yet, there are some things you can do to make present quarters more serviceable, comfortable and attractive. Compartmentalization is one solution to the daily bathroom traffic tie-up. It can be achieved by closing off the lavatory area from the rest of the room with a partition, thus permitting two people to use the bathroom at the same time. The room can also serve double-duty if you add a second sink or install a new double-lavatory unit. Since the bathroom takes hard, daily abuse, it should have facilities,walls and floors that are easy to clean. This is no problem if you select the right materials. Plastic-coated wall paneling that resists heat and humidity is inexpensive, sponges clean, and gives the room a warm, unusually good- looking decor. Washable wallpaper that comes in a variety of colorful, attractive patterns is another practical way to relieve the cold, antiseptic appearance of old-fashioned bathrooms. If you decide to paint, use a washable enamel finish and get away from the traditional white, pink or blue shades with interesting new combinations of browns, yellows or greens. In addition to floor tiles, there are now many vinyl flooring materials that offer beauty and low-maintenance. New fixtures make a big difference in bathroom remodeling. Don't choose them hastily. Take a look at the wide variety available at local building supply dealers, many of whom feature full bathroom displays to give you sound and interesting remodeling ideas. It pays to get good quality fixtures and facilities that can take daily use. The trend now is towards wall-hung toilets because it's easier to clean under and around them, built-in buyer's eye. Your fondness for the house may stem from its comfort and familiarity and the simple fact that you have lived there for a number of years. But, what will a prospective buyer see that will make him choose your house over the many others he will view? Some older homes are in good enough shape to compete on the market. Others require no more than a fresh paint job. But a large number require extensive repairs or remodeling. In such cases, the trouble and expense of updating is not only worthwhile, but essential. It will make the house saleable, and probably bring a better price. A househunter's first view of your home will be its exterior, and he'll notice the roof at a glance. If it's attractive distinctive and new-looking, it will go far in increasing the sales potential of the house. On the other hand, a worn or dull- looking roof, or one with loose and weather-beaten shingles will make your house harder to sell. It may even discourage a prospective buyer from looking inside. If the house needs re-roofing, heavyweight asphalt shingles are a good investment. They come in a variety of eye-appealing colors and designs that update and improve the entire exterior appearance of an older home. Even more important to a prospective homeowner is the assurance of long, trouble- free service such a roof provides. Manufacturers warrant these shingles for 20 years or longer, and a new roof with this low-maintenance, high durability asset will upgrade the saleability. ceiling with non-glare lighting, noise control, cleaning ease While some of the remodeling projects are sizable, they will help increase the resale value of your home. From that point of view, they are an expense that will pay off in the long run. If you're planning a dream- kitchen, .look to the ceiling. For your new ceiling can combine many attributes . . . glare- free lighting, noise control and cleaning ease are combined in many modern suspended ceilings designed today. Adaptable for both new construction and remodeling, one offered by the Celotex Corporation features a combination of incombustible acoustical lay- in panels and translucent light panels which are placed to provide a glare-free illumination in work areas. Both can be easily removed from the hanging grid system for easy cleaning. The acoustical lay-in panels absorb more than 70 per cent of the many kitchen noises striking their surfaces. Another special feature you should keep in mind for your kitchen is a modern treatment which can be given the cabinets. Translucent decorative polystyrene panels accenting cabinet ddors can give the kitchen a tasteful touch. + + * Pour excess grease into a container to be thrown out. Liquid fats are the biggest offenders in drain clogging. They congeal when they contact cool piping and form a film. A kettle full of hot water poured down the drain once a day, preferably after the supper dishes are done will dissolve greasy film and remove food particles. REASONABLE PRICES, good service; /and quality printing arc'trademarks of The Upper Des Molties Pub. Co. In Algona. A DOG'S LIFE .. . ORRREAT This puppy gets his Saturday night bath in style. One thing that makes it easier, whether you're bathing puppies or children, is the elegant easy-care tub enclosure that folds together for complete access to the tub. The enclosure is unbreakable, cleans with a damp cloth and is available in nine decorator panel colors and gold or silver extra-strength aluminum frame. It can be installed with a minimurm.of tools and knowledge. Photo, courtesy Showerfold Doer Corporation. 20-in. Rotary POWER MOWER REDUCED TO 97 3 HP Brlff. ft Strilton Engine t Leaf Mnlcher! Adjustable cutting height, 1 to 3-in. Recoil start. Non-scalping, staggered wheel design. Front exhaust. Chrome plated handle with positive safety stops. 3-position slide throttle control. 6 x 1.50 wheels. • 22-in,, 3Vfe HP, Briggs & StraMon Engine $52.97 NO MONEY DOWN. Pay as little as $10 per month. vanities, and round or oval lavatories with adjacent countertop space. Colored fixtures are popular, and single-handle faucets get the nod because of their convenience. There are also a host of ac- essories that will update your bathroom. These range from practical double medicine cabinets, which give you twice the storage space and mirror area, to pretty matched tissue holders and waste paper baskets. Where cost is no problem, bathrooms can go exotic with sunken tubs, water-resistant murals, and built-in sun lamps. Camera Helps Insure Those Improvements Fire, theft, accidents — unpleasant things, things that happen to the other fellow. Not always. They can happen to you. And claims following such catastrophes can be difficult to prove. Just how much DID you improve the game room before the fire ? WAS the front walk in a dangerous condition? WAS the stolen silver really that valuable ? Not pleasant subjects, but ver-y important ones. And your camera can be your best friend in insurance and accident claims. The process is very simple: Photograph your home, as it stands and with emphasis on any additions. Photograph all — REALLY ALL,— of your valuables. This means going from room to room to record furnishings; then concentrating on such things as furs, jewelry, silver, china, antiques, books, appliances. With such a pictorial inventory you have testimony — testimony which has been accepted by insurance firms — for your loss, should it occur. And with modern, easy-to-use cameras such as the Argus 270, you can increase the value of your household insurance for ?—Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines Thursday, April 6, 1967 just pennies per item. One final precaution: When you have taken your photographs, mark each print with place and date, post them all to yourself VIA REGISTERED MAIL, leave the envelope unopened and put it in' a safe place, away from home. An unopened registered letter carries weight — and an accurate date. Then, if necessary, you can prove your improvements! Check Your Roofing Above All! More than 36 million Americans will move this year, and one of their first considerations will be how to sell their old houses. They'll want the sale to be as quick and painless as possible, and to realize a fail- price. If your home will soon be up for sale, it's a good idea to take an objective look at it with a ...BUT LONG DISTANCE RATES ARE LOWER! Thirty years ago a Long Distance call was a big event for the average family. Putting the call through often took several minutes, and the cost could put quite a dent in the family budget. Today you can call anywhere in the nation in a matter of seconds. Your voice is carried across the miles as clearly as if you were phoning a neighbor. And as for cost—just look at these comparisons: 3 MINUTE STATION-TO-STATION RATES DAY RATES Des Molnoi to Seattle Sioux City to Miami Davenport to Phoenix Council Bluffs to New York Me ton City to New Orleans Hit $5.25 5.00 4.25 4.25 3.50 1966 $1.70 1.70 1.55 1.55 1.45 NIGHT t SUNDAY RATES-1866- V90 .90 .80 .80 .75 •Lowest rates jn history are in effect alter 8 P.M. dally and anytime on Sunday. During those periods you can make a 3-mlnute station call to anywhere In the U.S.. except Hawaii and Alaska, for $1.00 or less. Northwestern Bell' YOUR HOME. deserves the best! RENT OR RUY WITH CONFIDENCE FROM ONE OF AMERICA'S LARGEST MANUFACTURERS We Service What We Sell • WATER ANALYSIS • SALT DELIVERY "Water Conditioning Is Our Business" P LINDSAY LINDSAY SOFT WATER 520 S. Phillips Algona, Iowa Phone 295-3755 CHOICE BUILDING LOTS - ROBINSON ADDITION - STILL AVAILABLE Adjacent to Algona Country Club & Hard Surface Loads - Level and Side Lots «*»«•«* tar «tllil . » 0«»' » . BH.QI / .0' 1*0.0' l / Z6».5« Water Supply Immediately Available In South Section. Natural gas and electricity are both available to all lots. THESE ARE THE FINEST BUILDING LOTS IN THE AREA - JUST OUTSIDE ALGONA CITY LIMITS (lower taxes). O Site sizes as above to meet your desire • Priced according to size and location • Level lots or side lots as desired GIVE US A CALL - NO OBLIGATIONS E. E. (BUD) ROBINSON, owner - Phone 295-2470 or contact Seeley Realty, Herbst Real Estate or Ricklefs-Geelan - Algona

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