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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 15, 1935
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, ',1935 BLYTHEVIUJV (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Moclf!nii'/.alion Pays Good Dividends in Cash and Pride ol Ownership. Two things make for nationwide tote-rest In modernizing houses. First, modernizing Is profitable. Second, there is as much satisfaction, if not more, in making over and bringing- up to dale an old ramshackle dwelling as there is in building a nt-w one. The money factor—the increased market and rental vnlile o. r rehabilitated houses—Is perhaps the , more important., but It Is doubtful whether it is the more moving. One good modernizing job In n community inspires Bcores of owners to go and do' likewise. They share the satisfaction their neighbor "experiences in seeing an attractive, thoroughly modern home emerge from what was on the outside an architectural blot ou the landscape; and, on 'the inside, poorly arranged. Inconvenient, arid a constant cross to the housewife, and they want to experience tliat satisfaction on their own account. Mr. Jones says to Mrs.' Jones, "If the Browns could do what they did with that old wreck, of theirs, think whnt we can do with bur place" nnd presently another modernizing job is under way. Then, too, there Ls in this satisfaction a gratification of the salvaging Instinct, that Is .inherent In human beings. Everybody likes to niake' something valuable or useful out of a thing that Is old and worthless, or almost so. Cellars, attics, storerooms, closets, trunks, chests, and drawers the jrorld over are cluttered up with 'things that people expect sonic day to 'salvage, and when that day comes and some of (his flotsam and jetsam is reclaimed and lull to use the owners glov,- 'and swell wllh pride. And there is 110 pride comparable lo that which comes from reclaiming. : an old liouse that has been the family home for years. ', - . : New Slumlords of Housing Certain new standards of housing arc growing more and more clear In the minds Of the American people each, year. 'For three-; -quarters of-a century or.more the builders of moderately- priced homes built houses. with little or no regard for architectural style or beauty. Tlie older portions of any tovyn or city will evidence 1hls. for there the rows of houses slrctcn, all drab in color, monotonous in style, completely unadorned, or (rimmed in hideous gingerbread effects, nnd all, completely lacking. In harmony of line or fine proportions.- Now. however, there Ls a sudden renaissance in interest in the architecture of homes, even of.the simplest cottages People building new homes discover that they can build them from plans prepared by the foremost' architects in the. country and - made available at minimum cost 'through various organizations, while the owners of old homes arc endeavoring to brlns their properties up to -this new standard and to''give'them not .only the comfort and convenience of new houses, but some of their style and beauty as well.' Bringing up old' houses fo-the modern standard of comfort and style,Is the soundest sort of business. When a country is young and land costs little or nothing, it is a. satisfactpry policy .for a man to remove 1 to a new section and start a'new farm 1 when tlie soil of his old form wears out or loses a large', shared of its productivity, but such ii procedure is not sound, economics for very' mrmy years. Yet It is Just such a procedure that has been followed in cities and towns in the years subsequent to.tlie World' War. .During these years housing standards rose with extraordinary -rapidity, »s has been stated, and people desiring houses with the new.stan- dards hnvc gone out into the newer sections and bought or built new houses. ' Rapid Depreciation or renter! or sow ^'a lower"cb"' ^rL,,^r=tv't n^srr^VT» borhood doomed to grow MnbWer and shabbier. Houses degenerated into mere shacks. Every vjHaS town, and • city, no mallei- how prosperous, has Us f, m „„„,_, ™ ind not only to restore depreciated values but (o add a new Increment of mini! through raising the general lc-vi-1 of community values, riilx Is not nearly us dllflcult a piouosHioii u.s it was once thought. Financing, once the great slurub- ling block, is br-lng made easy everywhere. All lhat Is necessary :iv.uraiu:c Unit the house Is structurally sound and that (he plans for the modernization are equally sound. A .surprisingly lur^o projiortton if inodwni/juions Include the pro- ,;es.s of covering the old walls of u liouse with aiv overcoat, of stucco ,bri(;l:, shingles, or new sldim;. People are doubly pleased will, this for practical reasons—it saves them the price of repairs, renewing the life of Ihe old structure by many years, and It elfects a yearly saving in fuel lo the extent of about 25 i>cr cent of the yearly fuel bill. But these practical advantages are no longer the most important rciiKpiu; for over- coating; people want homes with a definite architectural .style, and a, new overcoat aids greatly In obtaining that. N'ol a Difficult Process j Overcoating Is not .so dllllcuH a process f.s might be supposed. Shingles may be nailed directly to [lie old siding; a. new. siding may be nailed over the old. Metal lath furred onto'the o!<! walls will Hold a permanent .stucco coat. A brick waH.inay be built over any old wall, started on a new concrete fooling and lied lo the old wall with wall-tics or SO-d nails. There never Is any need lo remove the old .siding unless it is hopelessly rotted. If it is in such condition it v.-ould be well to examine the whole,building lo see if it is sound enough so that modernization would be wise. Loose clapboards should be nailed down tight, bill, otherwise Ihe wall need not lie touched. The process of overcoating, if properly done, with proper flashing of windows and doors, should help materially in freeing the house of draughts. Most small houses—In fuel, most houses—look better If they seem to rest hitih on the ground. Tlie fashion of having a house sit high up on a foundation produced many houses of awkward and ugly proportions. The, new overcoat of brick can be built ovcv the' olil foumliulon lo obtain the -desired effect, When other kinds of. new walls are built, the same effect can be obtained by dumping a I " few wagon loads of earth on the 11 ton of casement or sash windows, grounds and grading them up ai- '"" """ '—-"- "• • most to tlie top of Ihe old foundation. Of the other external changes Hint come with modernizing, either with op'-.without-'Cvercoatlng, the changing of ' the front porch Is Everything But the Tree Modernized r ^^i^i?l^w The nagk wand of tlie "reno- is responsible for the transform&tioii shown in the Jitrme lllustrat«l litre.' While renewing the feiterior «•»!! finish, th» owner also added more Bpae'e by Hirlogln^ a porch and adding a wing. Itelow is shown the,house before while alMjve j» Uiu finished HfllfM 1 Rousing lirllors licallh en (he HnrlHil rnfl ,| p:iliit,'d while and 'several •minor [ .mprm'Pinenls iruut,., John w. Moycr is havlni: n new Hi'tlor llDiishii! ri'UKruiii -I by (he Federal Ifouslini Administration .should tic undcr- -siood by pi'prj. (nuiily f n America. Once iiiuli'inlood, It will be utilized M build Iti-llcr lives, i>nIui'Kc llvfnp <limrli'i*, and ln ,iki> ],i, lmi for children lo (jliiy nt finiiiK Inslcud of Oil till' KtllVI.S." .. i, Divsldcnt ol (ho Nation:)! f;,).,« ,,j l>;,ri.]|(s ,in,| A Ill-icll""" |10 ' T " " il( - ' r\. IH Ml Kentucky lUTiiilr-. 111,'IU.s Infill,[e " l ''is 11 home on Improve- cwac^ Bhlnnlra which resemble tlip ones ol m yoms nfn uml Alritwjlii, smooth r j-ftl or brov;n, Store and Home Sold stucco store mid rough, ... u- - -,r» ..I , ,^j , (j UlUV/ll or fUlrnctive moltlod combinations n );x) available. tUUEfl-WAY GONTROli A lliroe-way switch-control for I|{htlii8 system should, he provided in every home to allow the owner i.jn \\i~ , >, , 7 bullulrift ., b ... ......j, MUJIHJ iu uuow me- owner '-» «f*l Miiln ami die Me. room to make u complete circuit'of the C" toil North Mth .street hous,- by Uimlng•'lights on ahead huvo bei'ii ..old lo w. T. Hnker of !iltn and lurnW them oil" IK- hlm without retracing his or stumbling, through tlie Safety and convenience nro view ili,> of I he .-,.,, IK mi t ,/ lr , i _ fH(K('[ for investment. Thimias Kind cruinjiuny umdi' tin.. s ,,| ( . f or A | v!n WundH'Hdi. fiiimerly or l.uxom mid now (if A The liiilklliu; i s hind steps" (lark. occupied by iho Itoth nrc should lie ' ho icuUh n[ ui, irm-hi-.-. sliDiiid i lOII'IC i], (his , 'Ml iJ 1( . unhi.'iiJihlii., ivhu; nmdilions air inuiHK I be jim,]-. .Some lueni riminics live itj H ln.^>tiir us IMA jji-/n'irJi» ,11(1, [IfUMUL 1 , 1.-V.I V'lllu),, rorim enough for their chll- dren lo i;row. They'have Queen Is Factor Kirepimj' in Home's Colors nf every j _ I The wise home owner, when rc- tmniilriuiiii! modeling, lakes Into consideration not louiuMlhi: exterior of his home, the set- «f Ihi! af-jl'"K In which it hns been built ildoil slums i "'XI the qni-stlon ol hai immy be' '.KVOII tin; roof ,rim| the rest of ho house, There is u wide variety . ueen Anne from., and Mnry Am, backs, ' me Hi,. l» 111 Dluyrooms. ami recreation looms or m ic !K t eiilnine the llv- room so that the family ,,mv t.ave „ feeling of f r( ,«| nm / " IBJ r ideal Is: iroi,«. s where the niny feel fr.-e; wI MM „, ell led; where ),e has room f,,, 1; own belongi,,,,.,; , v ,, p , study In qiiUH; where the hours of ho,,,,, activities nro rrenlfl,. »»>im-rl,,l and f, 0 ,n which ",,. «l»y with a Sc ,,,e o io and adventure iVou rroundincs a rj W rrall/lni; nit Impi-ovemcuts Uudenvay In this mutter. FARMERS BANK & TRUST CO. INSURANCE OEPT. the-most -common. Nothing, secinft so definitely (o date n house as the front .porch. Not only 1 Is it : In many cases ugly, but it is seldom used any more. If people wlsli porches, they either want them glasisert in, or they want them around at the side of the house, or in the rear, where they will have, more privacy. ^11 is in this that one observes one- of the big- Rest changes In the American people. So, for the ugly front porch there is substituted a small neat terrace of brick or cement, or a tiny woollen stoop, ov whatever kind of entrance belongs to (lie style of house toat the owner wishes to have. A change of roofing material Is almost always : necessitated by the overcoating of a house. When the.old frame liouse Is transformed Into a white stucco house built on Spanish lines, a lile roof mu«t lake the place of the old shingle roof. When a drab box-like house is. covered with broad white siding in Dutch colonial style, a bright shingle roof, of wood or some olh- er material, is indicated. Roofs are now being recognized as linv- in'g definitely decorative value. Very often changes In the shape of the roof arc desirable to give Ihe house the style It needs. Tl is an expensive proposition to make many changes of a radical character in the.structure of the roof, so architects make shift to give the roof individuality In some oth- ~ lall noor length windows, or bay windows must be made carefully in order that they may contribute to the beauty or Hie whole house. Minor . details, such as shutters, entrance lights,' and liarriwarc,' will naturally suggest themselves as the old house suddenly grows into its new individuality" They give the final definite touches ''thai make the home appear .finished: It is surprising how old box- »ke houses cnn grow into quaint English cottages, or Spanish bungalows, or colonial homes, when careful attention i.s paid fo the details that, have been mentioned. Not every type of old house' call 1)0 transformed with equal inex- pensivene-ss into any other type, but ninivols can be performed. Improvements within Ihe home nre suggested and controlled not only by the owner's desire for beauty but by the necessity for comfort and convenience The owner desiring a truly modern house will look to "certain structural elements. He will insulate the roof of his house and weatherstrip nts windows because modern houses are thrifty houses and do not waste fuel. It is csti- rd or •henHhrt.lness llmt, mod-1 flooring, substitute plaster: arches ems require. Cracked toilet-bowls, for trim, 'or rcdceorale tvliii h, lavatories where Ihe cement 1 is itm "'' 6t tnD notf'finishes.'. Never Iticre -been so, wide n raii"e of materials available for noor wall, .or (rim treatment—plum washed' out urn! slimy nirt uath- .ers.,'clogged waste pipes, arc nn- tliinkablc in the':modern- home. - >"'" Rmlltcsyi-sewage disposal-j s esscn"- 1>lil - filcr . lexturecl plaster, new wall- fist, so, that,not one .-bit ot sewer r l )a l wi ".designs, fnbrk's, tales, tlle- gns escapes to po.liute the air All-' ll " cc sufe " l »ce, aim • whaC'•riot; A plumbing fixtures' must,he. sani- pohso "' CT1 ' "'odcriil/c ( pariii tary. For that reason bathrooms 0! llls llo " lc lo Klllt ''Is own iudl- kitcheus no longer display v ' (!ll al'ty; 1 idualily; he can liuvc n home ate different from that of anyone eke .-.-—Ills' -"" long stretches of pipe; pipes .. lu .. - .. -----, - ,-..>. >.-™ conconled within-the wall as mucli 1 '''~' lls olv "' : Wi(l1 ' modern wiring as possible. Bathtulxs are built in " )KI "F hu "S fixtures ami efToels. so lhat diri cannot gather, bencnlli ! " 1!l '" s " clv doconitlons, he cnn flllf] )l Till i Mil I \,n,^ i -."._ i ' > . . lln Vf* n IllMllr, Mini in » I ancl behind them. Lavatories and sinks are In one piece. !are made or mnlerials ih not tarnish. Floors hrni (he lower parts of walls, at least are. made of washable materials or which many varieties are on ihu mated thaf 60 per cent Avoidable heat leakage hrough the roof, and so important is weathersWpping that heal- nt(hi B s "* nsc '°: ^ *'» SSeT market. Many of have a house Ihal is new In every sense of the ward. Modern^ tt merely repair homes; It nciv liomra out of old. Possibilities Almost Limitless Font Is to be remembered (hat liere Is no feature or a modern are so: llci " sc "'at cannot be put into 1111 of '.? "l IILLVX: .ire SO - ' ^- 1'".^ LiUllUJl, IH' l)Ut I inexpensive (hat every home own- »ld house. The stvlc of th cr can afford llicm. The popular slnndar, ing is requiring more bathrooms than formerly, and almost every house of more thnn five rooms has an extra toilet or lavatory or shower, If not (in extra bathroom New standards of convenience demand cruized house mny lie somewhat limited by (he shape of the original structure, but otherwise the results oi modernization me almost limitless. Above all. modernizing must be carried out Bond taste. .„ must intelligently i,n,| It Is not enough [s csll . --••••••" .""it..i manges in the of the olt | klt chens. Pantries have gone - —"•""""**> J i'mtS Mutt Ill'lll-- mg engineers will "reduce the amount of radiation necessary for the equipment of a" house if it is thoroughly weatherslrlppcd The Insulation of the attic is one of the simplest parts of modernizing. Insulation board may he nailed lo the rafters or floor of the attic, or one of the soft in- sulanls may he packed between .,.,...,.„_, ,ii uunib, \j\ni. tllG DCnUlS Of tll6 llOOV Tf fVin cr way. Frequently "the changing attic Is large, it Ls more sensible of he entrance gives the opnor- to nail the board to the ratten tlinity to lengthen a gable, or add since the board itself ir v£v «7' an interesting curve where tractive, even unfinished as wall radical changes In the rf 'a»ee from old lo new; one - f' 1K - Pantries have gone ." >1lst - make a real Improvement occurs i °' s '- vlc a "d attractive calii- I'*" 1 ' strurturally nnd arlisticidly nets or built-in cupboards 'lake ' II always pays to get" the best ,ir- thelr plnec, concentrating all (he : '"~ ' , e cooking equipment In one small Part of the kitchen. A breakfast nook or breakfast set concealed n a wall pocket are bod] extremely popular step savers; almost no house Is being built or modernized without one or the other of these. But the desire for beauty rcnUy I he roof i.s brought In a Dcauliful sweep over the new entrance. The repeating of the gable imgle In angle of helps lo individuality. ^S'indovlS Daic the entrance roof give the house a -- -, ^ . w.i mind iiom;i.| t H«J W«l and ceiling material, and tnus- Insulatlug provides a new playroom or bedroom a House Dormer windows have a great wllh the appearance deal (o do of n hoii.5c. Sometimes they stick .. out from the roof like an unhcal- How lo Save Fuel After he has made his bouse snug the modcrntzcr studies his healing system to see if that is modern eflicient. often he docs cnilcctiirnl ndvice available to show Ihe possibilities or making the old noiv. in to many instances the house has upon improved strut tut ally without :\ cor- respondini; improvement In its n|i- iinterinl. n suitable tyj» for every home Is Colonial natural and pro- RESPONSIBILITY the financial support of tlie in this cninnnmily nint— in lin-fjc part — by the inlnrusto reproKcnlod iu r it. 'I'lu; nlijcct of ftvrsvy .huainoss iiiatilu- tion s!ioul:l lie, not.; only to ma(tc moitoy— Ijut lo carry 'ita. share of l.his which, the inorb' pleasmil itmlconifprlabli; by the use of c^f jd rt'iid linppincss. ,i|'(j nuiiiily prospfi-ity H.C.HALSELL Ash S.AVK made at Armour In.stt- ; sliowe;! that • house or bun) (o C tons of can. by the thorough insulation of the house, save enough on his fuel to be able to afford a gas or ., • ?',;, - C ' °'' hcatc1 ' - n) « """.save himself , a because they themselves arc nn desirable they make all the other liousc,s In the neighborhood equal- Most of Ihese houses that were built twenty to fifty years aso were construct*, of good materials The main body of these structures , eound and good for many ' i» IN,. .». ".tot iiiuieriais. in trie shape of a shabby hoiue are worth less than their ac Li value. ModernlMtton alms to ",c every bit of good there is In old properties, fo take away obsolete /cntures, to add those a house as Ihy gnr.rtli; these -rSi-sSr vvt» ; ^ ^Se-ss?^'^' « ^«.^-«£ n"sr b r arit,?" S ti,f t ; roof. Is one of [regulators ' bnllws cut 1, cut, back into " ' 5 ° S ° VC IWS """-I.PwPwBwuWlon of pipe.s and as much power w^'alrSe's^,^,; 11 ^ * h0l f' *"" , f r ™««^ S»- ma ma e windows Ls per- 1 the old heating .system so cirro- haps the next most common tiling tlvc that a new one ,ol neerted - -.- ......^ , v Jv , «.iMciijy lUUilll. There Is no doubt that for the The plumbing system is as Important as ii: ' " (bringing the For More Even Temperature Use Genuine 'MULE H!DP ROOFING Celotes Insulation Terms Can lie Arranaetl ARKMO LUMBER CO. riwnc -10 OAL There arc no .better coal values than the following-: ' v Saint llenard .............. per ton $6.50 Black Diamond ................ per ton SAHARA .................. per ton ACTON ...... .1 ........... oer tun 7.00 8.00 Whatever coal you have been burning we ask you to try one of the above and compare it with what you have been using 1 in the same price class, You will be convinced that our slogan: " We can't sell all the COAL so we just sell the best" is true. LUMBER E.C.ROBINSON LUMBER CO. LUMBER PHONE IOO We Do The Re si: ARKANSAS

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