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February 27, 1954

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 4

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.Fib. 27, ) 954 Ma ton Cliy Glofce-Gazetit, Mason City, I». Well-Planned Ranch Type House Is Easily Expanded By HENRY J, WINOATE Nationally-known Architectural Engineer An expansible house will solve the problem of a-small family requiring more space in a few years but whose financial means at the moment limits the present size of the house. Most familiar type of ex-*--~ pansible .house is the 4-room Cape Cod house .with attic which can be finished later, but expansion need not be limited to this design. The one-story ranch-house can bo expanded to a three-or-four-bedroom structure almost as easily as the Cape Cod. An expansible house must be first planned as a complete unit, the way the owner wants it to appear eventually. It is then separated into Us logical parts and the sequence of additions determined, always with the thought in mind that the house must be complete in appearance and function at each step. '. The basic unit must provide all facilities for the normal life of a small f a m i 1 y, including living room, bedroom, bath, dining area, kitchen, storage space, heating and laundry facilities. Some rooms can serve two purposes. Additions should be designed so that there is little disturbance to the family while new building is in progress, so that no space is wasted, and so that there is always convenient traffic flow from room to room. Openings t o l a t e r additions should be framed for their final purpose when the basic house is built, .such as installation of a window in the space framed for a future door. Pipes, ducts and wiring needed for future additions should be roughed into the basic house to save money on ripping out and rebuilding. Frame construction lends itself best to low-priced additions, and although the cost of building a house in several stages ordinarily is slightly more than building it all at once, careful planning will hold down costs. The increased over-all cost is usually offset by savings in maintenance, interest, taxes and insurance between the lime of building the basic unit and the later additions. Before planning an expansible house, the owner should carefully examine . zoning ordinances and restrictions in deeds because these may '.control the size and price of the house. Many communities prohibit small homes where the completed house would overshadow the other houses, as this has a tendency to lower its value in event of sale. THRIFTY PURCHASE Scotchmen ctnd lots of others know that price alone can't save money. That's why they buy Bigelow Rugs. They want . . . "BEAUTY YOU CAN SEE" "QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST" "SERVICE THAT IS GUARANTEED" THAT IS WHY THEY GO TO R. S. WEBER CARPET CO. * A COMPLETE HOME SERVICE . . . CARPETS. DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, LINOLEUM, TILE. TELEVISION, LAMPS, PICTURES YOUR HOME COMES FIRST 616 North Federal " , No-Parking Problems Home Builders Sponsor Mason City's Home Builders Association is sponsoring an FHA regional meeting to be held at 8 p.m. Monday. March 8, at the auditorium of the VFW Club on Highway 18 west of the city, for the pur- pse of discussing with the federal authorities new legislation in the building industry. Willis 0. Patton, president of the Mason City chapter of the Home Builders Association, will be the moderator. Ernie Zerble, chairman of (he program committee, has arranged the meeting, which will be open to the public. Delegations from many towns in north central Iowa plan to attend the meeting. It will be of special interest to prospective home buyers, home owners, real estate brokers, mortgagers and builders on matters concerning lots, subdivi sions, plans, specifications and other problems in which the Federal Housing Administration may be of assistance. Home Building The meeting will bo concerned particularly with problems connected with residential construction in North Central Iowa. Questions or criticism concerning this will receive attention and response from the panel, according to Zer- ble. FHA officials who will be in Ma son City for the meeting are F. C. Wahrman, state director of Federal Housing, Paul Smith, chief valuator, Charles Lammond, chief architect, Don Whistler, chief underwriter, all of Des Moincs, and Art Henry, Omaha, chief land planner specializing in subdivisions. They will be at the Hotel Hanford CALL 989 FOR Dependable Plumbing J. C. PUTH CO. Tuesday, March 9, for the purpose of conferring with persons interested in discussing FHA applications. And it has been suggetscd that appointments be arranged by telephone with these men at the hotel on Tuesday, so that a minimum of delay will occur. Legislation Discussed At the Monday meeting new legislation in 'Washington affecting the Federal Housing Administration will be discussed. Members of the North Iowa Real Estate Board and the mayor and city council and other city officials will be in attendance at the meeting. Builders and developers who arc planning new subdivisions for 'the ·orthcoming building season have been urged to attend the meeting, ,vhcn Henry will give land planning assistance. Considerable preliminary consideration is usually 1 necessary in making a subdivision acceptable' 'or mortgage insurance where the services of FHA Land Planning NORTH F E D E R A L --.Announcing the appointment of IOWA BUILDERS, Inc. 6th St. and No. Federal Mason City, Iowa Don't wait -- Phone 108 PARK RINARD, President as Authorised Quonset® Dealer for Mason City and Vicinity Here's good news for farmers of this area! "Appointment of a Quonset dealer here mean^ immediate availability of America's finest farm service buildings--the all-steel Quonsets. This new Quonset dealer has been carefully iclected to give farmers the finest service possible. He knows this area's farm problems '. . . and he tvorks in cooperation with your local agricultural officials. Your local Quonset dealer is backed up by the years of research and development that have produced over 200,000 Quonset buildings. It is a concern you can put your confidence in. Come in soon and meet your Quonset dealer. Make this firm your headquarters for factual farm building information. THE QUONSET LINE ... WORKING FARM TOOLS OF LASTING QUALITY Ouonitl 20. The smallest Qitomet if 20 feet wide in varying lengths. Makes an excellent bog bouse, tool shed or feed storage building. Quonset 24. 2-f feet in tridtb, this durable Quonset is ideal as a beef cattle shelter, for farm implement storage, and lo-cns of other purposes. Ooonset 32. Equipped with drying fait, this building is a proved answer for on-tbe-farm storage of tar corn. Partners find it pays for itself in 3-5 years. Can be partitioned, used for small grain storage, machinery storage and many other different jobs. Quontat 40. As a dairy or beef cattle barn, this big (40 feet wide) all-steel building is perfect. Like all Qupnsttt, it's engineered to save time and labor, is non-combustible, rot-proof, rodent-proofs QuonMt Bvildingi Are Weo/ for htduttrial PtrrpofM... WoreAovte*, Factories, and Machine Shaft STRAN-STEEL PRODUCTS COMPANY Iowa Division · ?. O. Box 26, Highland Park Station, D*t Moine* 4755 E.I 4th Street, Dei Moine* LTi AMC MANUFACTURED »Y ORtAT UAKKt ITtEU CORPORATION, ·THAU-STEEL DIVISION, A UMIT Of NATIONAL «TE£X CORPORATION FHA Regional Meeting to Be March 8 Officials to * -Discuss New Legislation -- Globe-Ciizetto ! J tiolo TELEPHONE STORAGE BUILDING--Steel framework and part of the masonry is already up on the new storage building and garage under construction for the Northwestern Belt T e I e p h one Company at 628 15th S. E. Besides housing equipment for use in construction and repairs by the company, the building also will serve as garage for the maintenance trucks. It will cost aproximate- ly 565,000. Iowa Building Up for First Month in 1954 Iowa had January construction contract award totals i n . t h e sum ;C $7,207,000, which was 19 per cent below December but 12 per cent above J a n u a r y 1953. Totals were announced by V, W. Dodge Corporation, construction news and marketing specialists, New York City. Nonresidcntia! awards of $4,839,000 wore 10 per cent above December and 47 per cent above J a n u a r y 1953. Residential awards of $1,392,000 were 31 per cent lower than December and 24 per cent below J a n u a r y 1953. Heavy engineering contracts of $97G,000 were 62 per cent below December and 28 per cent lower Uinn J a n u a r y 19."3. SALEMEN FOR SWIFT'S--The sales force for the Iowa-Nebraska division v Swift plant in Mason City met at the plant office Friday to outline the spring campaign From left to right seated are A. B. Olson, Minneapolis; R. J. Steeiio, assistant manager! Mason City; W. E. Smith, manager, Mason City; L. L. Flatten, Minneapolis; standing R' H. Duckart, Center Point; G. H. Schragc, Red Oak; F. C. P o w e r s , Storm Lake; G' L" Adams, New Hampton; K. L. Davis, Iowa Falls; PI. E. Ewoldsen, Centerville; R. R. Noltimier, Marshall, Minn., and J. G. Lingenfelter, Altoona. Consultants are required, according to Henry. Usually about three weeks are needed for processing in Lighting Fixtures You con find a fixture for any and every room in the house at a price you will want to pay. SEE OUR COMPLETE STOCK 221 NORTH FEDERAL STOP AT ITS W I T H Cover those cold vrindows and walls with a curtain of warm, clean air . . . stop drafts before · they start! Lennox Perima-flo Heating, with slim, inconspicuous air diffusers in the floor, is the most perfect heating you can g e t . . . .and costs less than conventional systems!.It's the sensational new development of famous Lennox Aire-FIb Heating--same dependability, same economy, and even greater comfort. We'll be glad to make a free estimate of your heating needs. Call us today. Your Lennox Dealer For Over 40 Years Ray E. Pauley Co., inc PHONE 963 425 SO. FEDERAL MASON CITY PHONE 122 13 NO. 4th STREET CLEAR LAKE the land p l a n n i n g office. This period may be lengthened when the season gets under way. Forms to be used and instructions on preparing plans may be obtained on request. Bills to Be Studied Identical bills introduced by Senator Capehart and Representative Wolcott, as chairmen of their re- ighting for new homes or remodeling · Lump Repair Our lighting specialist in your area is Nord Siglin, 241 28th St. S. W. Phone 5359-J LIGHTING COMPANY 1011 GRAND PHONE 2-9138 Des Moines, Iowa spcctivc Banking and Currency Committees,'.will be studied. Hearings' on the proposed Housing Act of 1954 are not expected before the first week in March. Provisions of the new bills in creases improvement and repair loans from a m a x i m u m of $2,500 to $3,000. and' repayment period from 3 years 32 days to 5 years 32 clays. Section 203 also changes the statutory mortgage limits so that the president tinder new discretion ary authority could raise mortgage limits 4 on sales housing to $20,000 on a one-or-two-famiiy house (pres cnt ceiling $16,000). New Loan Ratios M a x i m u m ratio ot loan to value would not exceed the sum of 95 per cent of the first $8,000 and 75 per cent of excess. Under these provisions m i n i m u m down pay ments could be S400 on an $8,000 house, $900 on a $10,000 house, 51,400 on a 512,000 house, $2,150 on a $15,000 house and $3,400 on a $20 000 house. It is thought, t h a t if the proposed FHA sections 220 and 221 become l a v / t h i s year's dollar volume of remodeling business will equal new housing, according to Zerble. Section 220 provides FHA insurance on new or existing family dwellings in designated urban re newal areas and where HHFA has approved c o m m u n i t y programs for Four Homes Started in Mason City Four pcnnils were issued this week by Robert T. Allen, building inspector, for the construction of new homes in Mason City. Richard C. Krieger was issued a permit to build a home at l15 Louisiana S. E. Steve Ebcns holds the contract. The home will be of one story f r a m e construction. The permit valuation is $0,000. Robert C. and Florence R. McDonough were issued a permit to builfl .1 home at 10-10 6th S. \V. by daywork. The home will be of one story frame construction. The permit valuation is $l,000. David J{, and Corinnc Brunner were issued a permit to build n home at G29 Louisiana S. E. The B.'r u n n c i' Construction Company holds the contract. The home will be of one story frame construction with an attached garage. The permit valuation is $8,500. Ray L. R a n d a l l was issued n permit to build a home at 073 Hth N. E. by daywork. The home will be of one story f r a m e construction. The permit v a l u a t i o n is $G,000. OLD WIRING Homes built 20 years ago were wired f o r ' l i g h t s chiefly, plus two or three small appliances. Today the average home has at least 11 appliances and twice the n u m b e r of lamps and fixtures. In : most cases the wiring is too small to supply sufficient current for the expanded electrical loads. : T A K E IT EASY Don't be an eager-beaver in your first projects. Start with simple things. Above all take your t i m e . The greatest enemy of the beginner is impatience. Ho cuts parts and then he can't wait until he sees the finished product. The result is a hastily assembled job t h a t looks far from finished. A Distinctive Office fa^ffo at .Nominal Cost! BETTER DESKS ARE MADE OF WOOD Good first impressions to visitors and customers are important in any office. Think mat's impossible without a big budget? Then see the Cavalier I The Myrtle Cavalier is designed for executives who operate on a modest budget, but who want distinctive furnishings that will last a business lifetime. That's a combination all too rare. See (he Cavalier models in our showrooms today. Cavalier models in Walnut finish for everyone in your organization: Comparably low prices on matching E X E C U T I V E D E S K (shown): C r o s s - f i g u r e d Watnu* venters; die casl mttal drawer pulls, highlighted a n t i q u e - b r o n z e finish. PHONE CABINET (shown)' matcriM desk TABLE (as Illus- t r a t e d ): y o u r choice of sizes, ing pieces to suit ihc rcqutrerrwnu of y o u r entire HAWKEYE SCHOOL SUPPLY Highway 65 South of Mason City ' ' ' Phone 496 slum prevention a n d ' u r b a n ' redevelopment. 40 Year Loans Section 221 provides FHA insurance on low-cost housing for families displaced its a result of slum clearance operations or gov- e r n m e n t action, where the c o m m u - nity requests such insurance and it meets eligibility requirements of HHFA. The m a x i m u m insured loan of 57,000, 100 per cent insurance ($200 cash clown required for closing costs) and 40 year loans on new or existing structures. FHA also will give operative builders a better break on commitments. The new ratio is 80 per cent of the first 37,000 of value and 70 per cent of the excess (instead of the present CO per cent) with a m a x i m u m c o m m i t m e n t up to S14,- 700 instead of the present $10,-100. Builders arc constructing larger homes now. only 17 per cent of the approved requesfs now involve homes costing 510,000 or less. Two years ago 46.7 per cent fell in t h a t bracket. | Look for This Sign of Quality and Service · When you buy from us you buy with confidence from an authorized Hotpoint Dcnlcr. 1 Our franchise to sell you Hotpoint Quality Appliances is backed by the entire Hptpoinc factory service organization -your assurance of dependability and satisfaction. LOOK TO FOR THE FINEST. ".. FIRST! ·IIUIDYS APPLIANCENTER Downstairs Stor*

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