The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 21, 1950 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 21, 1950
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4-A%ena Upper D«* Mofnes Tuesday, March 21, 1959 the Algona Upper Des Moines "Home and Farm BUILDING PAGE •if There's More To A Good Roof Than Just Shingles ««,« J] >C t r if^ir more to . doin S a. g°od roofing job on a house than most £SSlf« rtPn« f CC ° r f SJU 0 Y 1 ^' 1 Larson ' h ? ad of farm and home supplies department, Midland Cooperative Wholesale. isn'f^thl 1 ' Jh a nf°1t SayS ' £ Ule selection of » good shingle, but that isnt the whole story. If you are planning on a new roof in the ' ° f ^ ^^ material can cause " The old roof must be reconditioned before putting on the new hFnFF-A* 1 ^***. ar ° Utld chj ™ey and vents muft be property" installed, and valley strips must be applied correctly. The shingles m™t h° P tL W r?i 1 > 1 ?\ er - 1 fJ >pe< !, W . ith a11 nails concealed 7 And the nails must be the right length and size with proper spacing. Correct application, Larson says, is the secret of a cooH rnnf 0r & assured o°f°a Rubber Products Are Home Furnishing News Foam rubber is making upholstered furniture more comfortable and durable these days, and carpeting "springier" and easier to care for. Mrs. June Brown, home furnishings specialist, Iowa State College, says foam filling has improved in quality, both in the upholstered pieces on the market and in sheet form for home upholstering. It is proving longer wearing, easier to clean and less likely to sag or pack down over a period of time. She recommends the new rubber under-padding for rugs as a lifetime investment. Underpad- ding of sponge rubber gives carpet unusual resiliency, is insect proof and easier to clean, with stands matting and helps rugs to '"stay put." It is also easy to install and to move, as it may be cut easily to fit and can be put down in small pieces. Mrs. Brown points out that special odorants are now available to eliminate the problem of "rubber-like" odor in rubber products of all kinds. It's often easier to revamp an ol dchair at home with thick foam rubber cushioning than to re-tie the old springs in spring unit cushions. Best quality cushioning in upholstered furniture on the market have molded reversible "crown top" cushions. Ask questions about the quality of foam rubber filling when you shop, Mrs. Brown advises. COST OF BRICK CONSTRUCTION LESS THAN FRAME Another Home In The Lowe? Cost Brackets Here's Comfort, Beauty/Ranch House Theme 4%—*. _i A »• • . • . 2nd Article: Although the initial cost of building a brick and tile home is higher than a frame home, tbe long-time overall cost of brick construction is much less than other type of construction, according to figures gathered by the Structural Clay Products Institute. The total cost on an average iome over a 25-year period may as much as 20 percent less in wick than in frame construction. The long-range saving in up- ceep is the important advantage. Painting, except for trim, is newer required. Rot is banished. Termites and rodents are foiled. Depreciation is less. An average small home that would cost $7,000 in frame construction would not cost over $7,700 in brick. In 25 years the frame house would depreciate $3,500, while the brick house would depreciate $1,925. Estimated upkeep expense for the same period would be $3,082 on the frame house and $1,125 on the brick house. Considering other expenses, like insurance, the total cost for 25 years would be.$14j022 on the frame dwelling and '11,101 on the brick house. How To Select Right Biiildiig Site Once you have the neighborhood settled on, choose the actual building site in the neighborhood. Here are some of the important things to keep in mind when you're doing your picking and choosing. First of all, find if the site is on a public road. If the road is private, the town will not do any maintenance work or snow removal. If it is a city road and not in very good shape you will be assessed for improvements. Next look into the water supply situation. Will you have to drill your own well? If there is city water, is pumping pressure adequate? Is the water healthful? It is hard or soft? And a minor point to consider is the water rate. Then check to see if all utilities are available—telephone, electricity, gas (if there is a municipal plant). Also look into the sewer situation. Find out whether or not there are both storm and sanitary sewers. What is the position of the sewer line in relation to the house? Try to build on a higher level to prevent backup of waste. And, also, for good drainage in unseasonable weather. For best results, the sewer main should be situated lower than the basement floor. This allows the plumbing fixtures to be installed in the basement. Remember to keep in mind the size of the future house in regard to the lot. Try to have plenty of room left over for future expansion . .. you'll want to have room for children to play, you might want a garden, or a driveway or a breezeway in later years. Next week—the whys and where/ores of an FHA loan. This is a typical, though small, Califor nia ranch house with an attached garage. The flower box shown in front of the window is in intended for the purpose of holding potted plants. This particular plan can be enhanced in final appearance by clever landscaping. The long roof across the front «f the house gives an appearance of extra length, and by grading the lawn up to the front porch, the house will be made to look low and extremely attractive, Ihe RANCHOUSE, TODAY'S MOST POPULAR HOME The ranch house style of architecture is the most popular type for low- cost homes in all parts of the country—except for New England—where the Cape Cod cottage still reigns supreme, ... The advertisers on this page can help you with all of your building or remodeling plans and problems .... IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING THIS PLAN FOR YOUR OWN USE, CONTACT THIS NEWSPAPER. Any practical housewife can appreciate the common sense used in planning the house all on one floor. This eliminates the Unnecessary (and backbreaking) climbing up and down stairs all day long. It's a lot easier to walk through a couple of rooms to answer the phone than it is to topple downstairs. The attic does not leave room for future expansion because the ceiling is too low . . . but it's swell for storage. A full basement, when planned effectively, can contain lots of livable space for work and play. If you are thinking of planning a ranch house type home, be sure of one thing—buy a lot that's plenty big. The beauty of the home lies in its casualness and length—and you have to havo room for landscaping. Install a CENTURY OIL BURNING FURNACE • conserve space • savf fuel •fully automatic • FHA approved FREE ESTIMATES ON ALL INSTALLATIONS SIGSBEE Plumbing & Heating 208 E. State Phone 1070 » Specialists in needs for homes e floor and wall coverings O home appliances e interior and exterior paints • YOUNGSTOWN KITCHENS SEE Cowan Building Supply Co. 210 East State Phone 275 FOR EXPERT PAINTING and Decorating, contact Mergen and Webster . . . no job too large or too small. Free Estimates MERGEN & WEBSTER Phone 634-J or 756 ¥our Lumber Us fifere! Timbers to Shingles Our Yards Are Now Fully Stocked With All Spring Building Materials Many carload* of fanned dimension lumber have been unloaded and placed m our yards. Other building material* such M block We. aggregate cement, flooring, roofing and shingles are avS able to you at Norton's. We atao have lull and complete sicks of fa,m needs-posts, fencing, etc. We ar e ready for your Spring buildug needs-and we welcome the opportunity to serve you Consult Us on Any of Your Building or Remodeling Problems F.S. NORTON & SON Building Materials of All Kinds 229 ALGONA QUALITY AT LOW COST • Building Hardware • Home' Appliances • Pittsburgh Paints • Hand & Power Tools KOHLHAAS HOWE. Ed and Pat Cullen .... for the best in .building block, contact Algona Block & Tile Co. * HAYDITE BUILDING BLOCKS * STANDARD TEXTURED BLOCKS ALGONA BLOCK & TILE E. State St. Phone 280-W EARL B. MILLER General Contracting and Building All Types of Commercial and Home Construction Telephone 89Q-J Algona, Iowa Homes of beauty and personality Built to Your Specifications II "I 'BUD ROBINSON GENERAL CONTRACTOR Phone410~J PLUMBIN For Electrical Contracting of All Kinds• RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL Lighting and Fixtures Wiring Of All Kinds Neo nlighting FREE ESTIMATES ART & ERNIE'S ELECTRIC CO. Diagonal Street Phone 1155 Guaranteed Heating & Plumbing Residential, Commercial Free Estimates Cheerfully Given P. R. IRONS 812 McGregor Phone 523-W BUILDING or REMODELING? We Will Welcome a Chance To Ef timate On Your Electrical Work Without Obligation To You. QUALITY WORKMANSHIP BACKED BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE PRATT Electric Construction Company Phone 170 Algona, Iowa Henry JOHANNSEN Phone 372-W General Contractor Home Builder Remodeling FREE ESTIMATES Algona, Iowa

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