Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois on February 14, 1953 · Page 3
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Dixon, Illinois
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Saturday, February 14, 1953
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Homeowners Reverse No Basement Trend; Alter Views of Builders Why build » house with a basement? Compact modern heating plants, using oil, gas or electricity, take up no more space than' a refrigerator, eliminating the need for large coal-storage bins. Virtually all women prefer laundries on the ground floor where they are rid of stair climbing. Builders have demonstrated that it is entirely practicable to build sound and comfortable houses without basements in the coldest regions. So why pay for a basement? Architects and builders,, even engineers for government agencies have explored this subject to give you the best answer. The shortest answers are offered by Rudolph A. Matern, famous architect and authority on home planning. He says: 1. "Because most people, outside of the southern states, prefer basements, and 2. "Because basements provide the cheapest space that can be built." A Trend Is Reversed For years, it appeared that- basements were definitely on the way out. The Housing and Home Finance Agency in Washington made a survey of all houses built in 1950 and found that full basements were provided in only about 36 per cent of the homes. "Virtually all the rest had no basements, showing the shift toward crawl-space and slab-on-grade construction," that report said. Back in 1940 a survey by the FHA had shown that more than half of all new houses had basements. Arvid Peterson, veteran home builder and president of the Homo-graf Corp., in East Detroit. Mich., said: "If vou asked me a year or two ago, I would have said that 20 years from now mere wouia oe no more basements. Today the out look is entirely reversed." A larce scale home builder on New York's Long Island erected two identical sample houses. One had a basement, the other had none. The house with a basement was priced at almost $1,000 more than the basementless nouse. kj out of 10 buyers ordered houses with basements, willing to pay Uie extra price. What People Want Architect Matern now predicts a ne wtrend— the glamorizing of the basement. He bases his prediction on one of the most exhaustive studies that have been made on this subject. Analyzing more than 116,500 inquiries he has received from pros- m For Farm and Home Game for Young or Old TT'S FUN for youngsters and grown-ups alike — the tumble-bug game. For the bugs, get some capsules from your druggist. Drop a ball bearing into each, close the capsule and mark it with a colored tape, so that each player will know his own bug. The only other equipment needed for the game is a playing board. Cut a piece of Prcsdwood about one foot 4k square and nail it to a block of one-inch lumber four inches wide and as , long as the playing board, to form a ramp. You'll need to plane the block of wood to the proper angle to make the Prcsdwood fit evenly. Up to four players can participate with a hoard the si/e of the one described. Each plaver holds his capsule in an upright position at the top edge of the plawng board At the signal to "go," the bugs are released to tumble end over end down the ramp. The one reaching bottom first is the pective home builders since 1946 and more than 38,000 houses built from his plans. Matern has found that in very small houses (up to 900 souare feet) basements are preferred. In medium sized houses (from -900 to 1,100 square feet) building on a slab is acceptable. In larger houses (over 1,100 square feet in area) basements again are in big demand. Matern then made "a specific test. He designed a three-bed room nouse wnicn touiu uc num. +hA oom* .mnnnl nf monev with or without a basement. When a basement was jnciuaea trie nouse covered 1,066 square leet — a pop-„io. ^,«^i„m R« omittinc- the basement 220 square feet could be added to that house for the same cost. This permitted the addition of an adequate utility room to ac commodate tne neaung piam, enlargement of the kitchen for laundry space and the provision of a multipurpose room measuring 10 by 14 feet — all for the same cost as the basement. The result? Only 30 per cent of the families who built houses from those clans chose the larger house with no basement. Bargain Space is Offered xt„ „,„,.,[,» familv needs all of the space a basement provides— but it is bargain space no matter what building costs prevail when I « hroise is hnilt. Architect Matern sums it up this way: "You get very usable space for Lv„.t *i « cuaro fnnt To build that space above ground would cost many times, mat. amuum. "'■"<> the cost of building a house may range around $13 to $14 a square foot because of kitchen and bathroom equipment included, even to __i ~ o hn.i« without- the addi tion of such extras would probably run arouna ?<.ou a sqimic contrast to $1 for basement space. "Furthermore, that basement space could be made very uvaDie, attractive, comfortable and healthful for no more than a total of $1.50 a square foot." He makes this prediction: ..a„ l«««r oa there is such an Ob- |vious demand for basements, there is certain to be a revolution in uie «f Kacoments HOW WOUld you like to live in a living room or bedroom witn oniy one oi iwu jsmall windows up at the ceiling? mi « So r,n <rnnH reason for Dlan- ning basements with such dismal window arrangements. »T>.«mcnt<: shmilH and will have j wo-o-or windows. Instead I of having basement windows and ~..«„wQ,rc outside of them Only about two feet deep and very slightly wider, wny not enlarge me to nerhans four feet square, with large and deep areaways covered wun gia»a screening in greenhouse fashion? •<Tn this wav Dlants and flowers could thrive on terraces in the areaways, sunlight could stream hOMm«ii< mnkintr them Dlea- sant and cheerful places for game rooms, a study, a ary anu n«<uuuu. indoor playground for children. Are You Planning to This Year? Sec the "Fllntkote" Lint of Sidings They're New! They're Beautiful! But don't take our word for it. May we call and show them to you? Axon Roofing Co. GEO. W. HOLLAND. Owner —Applicators of— Siding^, - Roofing Spouting - Insulation Combination Storm and Screen Windows E. River Rd. Dixon Phones 2-9741 or 3-4942 ^ (jenerdl Contractor Phone 3-816! • DlXON,ILL WHY ROOF IS RAISED ON BUILDING COSTS-Increase- m wages in the building industry is one of the important factors in lhe high cost of housing today; according to the National Association of Home Builders Newschart above shows average wage rates of four representative building trades, and how they have increased , from December, 1939, to February, 1952. Rubber Heating Panel Ideal Solution to Attic Problems In some cases "expansion" attics , of today's small homes are a prob-1 lem to heat— most attics being ; ithout heat ducts, or with only one built in to serve the entire floor. A new electrical radiant heating" panel has come forward as a solution to the problem. Only 1/16 of an inch thick, the panels can be cemented to ceilings like wallpaper and painted to blend in with the surrounding area. Each panel is composed of a sheet of conductive rubber that is the heating unit, sandwiched between layers of aluminum foil and thin plastic. Complete radiant heating for an entire house or for a single room is possible , with the panels, according to the manufacturer. They are ideally suited for use in a new oom and in dens, expansion attics >r garages where supplementary heat is needed. The panels arc quite light, weighing only six ounces per square foot. They ■ are bonded to ceilings of plaster, sheetrock or similar smooth- material with a special adhesive. The number of panels required is determined by climate, insulation and other factors, but, generally, the panels don't cover the entire ceiling. Where electricity is available for £ X. Newcomer S Go. INSURANCE BONDS REAL ESTATE LOANS Phone i-1621 Dixon, DL It ^ Mam 1*2 cents a kilowatt hour or less, the cost of operation is comparable with that of other fuels, the maker. claims. Panels are available in ' sizes— four by six feet, four by four feet, and three by four feet The aluminum foil covers both the back and the face of each panel to keep out moisture. The panels are rated at 22 watts per square foot (75 BTU's) for either 115 or 230 volts. Due to the absence of abnormally high tem peratures at concentrated points, hazards from burns and scorching are eliminated, it is said. Surface temperature of the ceiling panels averages about 100 degrees. Excessively dry. air is avoided— TYPEWRITER SERVICE & REPAIR Edwards Book Store the humidity is said to approach that of the outdoors. There is no fuel soot or fumes, of course, and irtually no dust in circulation. Room heating may be operated by thermostatic control, if desired. Panels can be cemented to ceil ings without any cutting, rebuild ing, plastering or structural changes, and then painted with Hat interior finish. One last obvious but signficant fact is that with walls and floors left completely free of radiators or heating units of any kind, there is more unobstructed room for furniture and decorations. Paint Screens To Keep Them Looking Jbresh Window and door screens of steel, galvanized iron, copper or bronze always should be painted. Steel or iron mesh is painted to prevent rust, copper and Bronze do not rust, but corrode and develop stains; therefoie, they need protective coatings. Spar varnish or special screen enamels, available in all well- stocked paint stores, are used for this work. Either of those mater- Is can be applied with a spray gun, brush or inexpensive screen applicator made from a block ot wood covered with carpet on one side. To prevent openings in the mesh from becoming clogged, the var nish or enamel is thinned and after it is applied to each side of the screen, the screen is shaken to prevent the accumulation of drops. Both sides or a screen are painted before the frame is painted. Electric Tools Drills ViM - %" • W Sanders & Polishers Drill Kits with " L Drill Kits with Va" Drill Saws -- 6" & 8" MASSEY'S ACE HARDWARE 88 Galena Ave. PHONE 2-05T 1 All Purpose Building Cattle Sheds, Machine Sheds, Bams and Corn Cribs. Also Hog Houses, Grain Bins, Laying Houses, Cottages, Garages. For Complete Prices and Description Contact f EDWARD I. SHIPPERT 1123 W. THIRD ST. s A V E S Phone 4-2231 DIXON, ILLINOIS Easy to Service THIS NEW SEMI-AUTOMATIC FREEPORT WATER SOFTENER JUST Put in Salt . . . Set the Clock . . . Forget It . . . GIVES YOU OODLES OF PURE SOrT WATER SOAP CLOTHES PLUMBING CHAPPED HANDS FOOD -- LABOR And Enjoy the Luxury of Soft Water For the BATH - LAUNDRY - SHAMPOO NOT AN EXPENSE BUT A SAVING. PAYS FOR ITSELF IN A SHORT TIME A QUALITY SOFTENER HEAVY GALVANIZED TANKS HIGHEST GRADE ZEOLITE BEAUTIFUL WHITE ENAMEL FINISH 30,000 Grain Softener 119 50 ED. WITZLEB PLUMBING DIXON'S OLDEST PLUMBERS Since 1902 111. SO. HENNEPIN PHONE 2-0441 Fires Cost Small Home Owner Most If you own a house that is worth less than $20,000, chances are that a fire would cost you as much as it would cost your insurance company. This is because the average small home owner does not in- •ease his fire insurance coverage in accordance with current increasing property values. John A. Arnold, vice-president or tne na tional Retailers Mutual insurance Co., says some small home owners ca nexpect to collect leas than -75 per cent of actual cash value in the event their houses are destroyed by. fire. In contrast, Arnold says, most owners of larger homes could col lect enough 1 to pay for complete new nouses in cases or total de struction, because they have been more careful to keep their insur ance adequate to cover current Appraisal figures cited indicate that because of reproduction costs the $8,000 house of 1946 now aver ages around $12,400 in value; the $12,500 house of 1946 is now roughly worth $19,375. SHINGLE SHAPES The shape of shingles can pro duce distinctive patterns op roofs. Modern shingles are made in vari- sizes and shapes. Square-butt and hexagonal shapes are most common among asphalt shingles in all colors. •tight »*d riiwrr MtthA «w< HtuhMfW mi end Inxhroemi wi* r-jf^ thai Ufki •« Ur . -.Il.rfm.l Enj.y w.ll luxury wilt, beautiful til* m iK* laltit 1951 ttooralora' t»lor»l *4 $ryr*n. Jut! • dwnp cl»tK k—p* it jp*rklirv»l FREE Estimate «rt No OM1f«tiof» SULLIVAN'S 315 First St. Phone 2-0981 I Dixon Evening Telegraph ***★***★**■: BUILDERS' PAGE The Dixon Evening Telegraph— Dixon, Illinois Saturday, February 14, 1953 Let Comfort Set Kitchen Sink Height In modernizing a kitchen it is worthwile to consider some of the dimensions for comfort devised by experts. Even if you try such di mensions out and disagree with them, they will serve a useful purpose in reminding you to plan work surfaces and shelves at heights best suited to your use. The average woman is supposed to find a 32-mch height for a mixing surface to be the most comfor table. She favors a 36-inch height for the kitchen range. She wants the bottom of the kitchen sink 32 inches from the floor. This results in sink drainboar and side counters, which should measure at least 24 by 36 inches in area, being about 38 inches above the floor. Some home makers object to such variations in height because of appearances. They get the idea from pictures that all work sur faces should be on a level. But comfort should dictate and the M ALL THIS WEEK-jB LB • See dramatic new g/gr£ M| decorating. ^ vs^i ftft • Learn about the Bfljaj MM amazing Nancy WmW Nf Warren "Happi- ^^fl Sfj cess Guarantee." \|^H ED THOMPSON'S Decorating Center 308 First St. Dixon Page 3 housewife can determine that herself. No shelf In a kitchen should be higher than 72 inches from the floor. This may be too high lor most women, but sturdy kitchen stools and ladders solve that problem. Lay a New Roof Over Old shingles It is rarely necessary to remove old roofing material when putting on a new roof of asphalt shingles. This eliminates the expense of tearing off the old roof and it results in a thicker over-all roof covering. MM MAN] lor the job your Approved Johns-Manville Roofing Contractor for Flexsfone \g U I IT- U P R OO FSy You can avoid costly roofing troubles by having your roof periodically inspected by ex* pert*. As the Johns-Manville approved roofer in this area let me tell you about the free J-M Roof Survey plan. This plan give* you, without obligation, a comprehensive report showing the exact condition of your roof. •Jt««.U.S.P«t.Off. .'IIIIIIMIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII 1 1 1 1 til 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I£ We Make Farm and City Loans H. A. ROE Company ESTABLISHED 1890 Corner Peoria & First St. -k -k & LEE COUNTY ABSTRACTORS F.H.A. LOANS City Loans • Farm Loans •k "k ■& Insurance Abstracts of Title Farm and City Appraisals Real Estate PHONE 31011 3-1012 & & & Dixon, III. 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