The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 11, 1966 · Page 25
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 25

Baytown, Texas
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Friday, March 11, 1966
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18 Friday, March I I, 1966 UNIQUE APPROACH PAYS IN HOME IMPROVEMENTS A unique approach to neighborhood and home improvement pushed by the National Association of Real Estato Boards through its Build America Better Committee has shown dramatic results in various sections of the nation. Experts in real estate servo without pay on a BAB committee, making loam visits to cities throughout the country !o help develop practical programs of conservation and rehabilitation, dedicated to the proposition (hat a large portion of the housing serving of treatment that will lengthen its life span. The teams, which have visited 36 cities, go into a community upon invitation of city officials and the local Board of Realtors, and make specific recommendations for solutions. Thai this NAREB program is needed and appreciated is illustrated by such typical comments as the following made by city officials of Tucson and San Francisco. Said Andre Faure, planning director. City Planning and Zoning Commission, Tucson: "Their report was most perceptive of our problems, and constructive in its recommendations . . . the study has renewed our morale, strengthened our resolve and dedication to planning and building an always belter Tuscon to live in, to work in, and to enjoy — for us and the generations to come." Equally enthusiastic is the statement by Mayor George Christopher, San Francisco: "The Build America Better team has (tone- a brilliant job in evaluating our progress to date ;.nd our problems. It is through excellent advice such a,s yours, and the unstinting efforts of such groups as the San Francisco Real Estate Board which f[x>nsored your study, that a slilJ greater San Francisco will be built. NARKB, through the BAB Committee, h e I p e d lay the groundwork for the !!).>) law change which created the urban renewal program as it is known today, by providing for conservation and rehabilitation of basically sound, exisiing neighbor- h(X)ds, in addition to the total clearance and complete redevelopment method. As a committee, BAB provides a clearinghouse of information on neighborluxxl conservation boards for Realtors and other local groups, After a preliminary staff visit, an analysis of major slum or blight problems in the city to b c visited is prepared for the chairman, and he in turn taps members on the basis of experience in their own communities and in cities with similar problems. Four members make up « team. They spend five days making a close, on-the-spot study of trouble areas. Then, after a scries of their own problem- solving sessions they arrive at recommendations for specific action programs in community improvement. Make Plywood Attractive With Paint, Light Coat Plywood, particularly fir, can be made attractive whether its grain is covered with n solid paint or it is finished to show the natural look of the grain. Frst the surface must he sanded as smooth as possible and left completely clean. To hide the surface completely, brush on a coat of pigmented penetrating sealer, and after it has dried, smooth with sandpaper and remove all snndings. If (he top coat is to be a gloss Many Decorating, Building Ideas Are Available The House of Good Taste at the New York World's Fair. . , there actually were three houses . . . designed by three of America's leading architects, offered an array of building iiml decorating ideas which can be used to advantage in planning home improvements as well as in building new homes. Within the walls of all the houses, for example, is a new improved framework that can help reduce maintenance costs. It's called "cnginem-d d r y framing lumber" and was first produced for use in the World's Fair bouses. And use of dry framing for adding rooms or building partitions in home remodeling is particularly important. This dry lumber . . . now manufactured to more rigid specifications than ever before. . . is stronger and holds nails tighter. Thus, the new material helps prevent plaster cracks and nail pops through plasterboard; It also helps avoid sticking windows and squeaking folors. Particularly important for remodeling jobs, the new material is "more compatible" with lumber already in an existing house. "The new lumber Is dried to an average moisture content of 15 per cent, which is near the moisture content of framing lumber after it has been in a house for a year or more. On the other hand, if unseasoned "green" framing lumber is used for remodeling projects, this material must dry out after it is in place. enamel, the second coat should consist of equal parts of enamel undercoat and the top coat. If the top coat is to be a latex, apply a second coat of the resin sealer and sand lightly before applying final coat . If a natural finish is desired, select n wood with an attrctive giain and sand as much as possible. Now brush on a coat of clear penetrating resin sealer. After this has dried, sand again with a fine paper. To color the wood to some degree, apply a coat of wood satin, a coal of colored penetrating sealer or lint clear resin sealer with color in oil, reducing 25 per cent with paint thinner. Whichever is used, it should stand for a fow minutes and wiped off to get the desired color. This, too, should bo sanded lightly when dry, and Ihen one or two coats of varnish of the desired sheen brushed on. For modern, blonde effects this .should be (lone after the first eoat of sealer has dried, Variety Of Loans Available For A Remodeling Job When the money for renovating is not in hand, the homeowner can find a wide variety of loans for improving his property available at most full-service banks. Before he takes t h e plunge, his hunker can advise him on the following points: 1. Whether the pro|x>sed investments is realistic in proportion to Uie value of the projicrty. (There is little point, for example, in adding a $!i,000 greenhouse to a $10,0000 summer bungalow. 2. The approximate price range of the proposed Improvement. (Contractors' offers differ. The bank will be able to give a reliable range, and may even supply the names of reputable contracting firms.) ,'f. The probability of a loan which will cover cost of improve, rnent, (This depends upon credit rating and expandable income — that is, the. amount of money left over after fixed living expenses are covered.) Recommendations can and do range from conservation-centered renewal for the typical neglected neighborluxxl to clearance and redevelopment with perhaps a complete change in land us<> in a special case, A host of related activities such as p u I) I i e improvements, strengthened codes, or a eorn- immily-wide education program on rehabilitation and conservation frequently arc proposed in addition to specific programs for individual neighborhoods. As mentioned previously, a team member's service is rendered without financial compensation. Actual costs involved in the visit, including the publishing of a comprehensive, illustrated report of the team's findings and recommendations, are underwritten through the host Board of Realtors as a community service. The team which visited (he 3G cities have successfully pointed (he way to a practical neighborhood conservation and total renewal program for the city. Follow-through action to implement the team's recommendations has taken place in every city. Self-help community improvement programs, consistently patterned after BAB recommendations, have flourished everywhere advisory teams have gone. The programs have been practical, workable ones which have gained wide community sup|>ort. The ultimate goal of NAREB's BAB program is an adequate, safe, and sanitary dwelling with the maximum quality of liability and attractiveness attainable in every urban neighborhood through private industry. It is a major NAREB public service program, and at the same time it is a business builder for Realtors. r'OU "(iAIIDKN I.IVIM; UOOMS" AUK IIIKAS like lln- iillrnilnc |mlv:uii;l'liii' tlrrk nf ('.niifiiriihi IT<|M mill, ilc-iurinl anil luiill lit ;i ilii-il->imr-rlfrr fur ii|i[in>\iiiiiilrl> $100. I'Hr "liuu In" luiiliiiii^ |iliuio, -('nil 2.~i rnit- ID Sitiip-iin Tim In 1 r ( .IIMI|I;IMI, 2 I i! I \\ ii-liinc- Ion ItuilililiKi Si'itltlc l,\ Carpets Much Brighter For Spring Brighter colors, rougher textures, and more exciting patterns thai is the spring fashion story for carpets in a nutshell. Colors will not only bc brighter, but there will be more of them. Greens, golds, and blues will continue to bo the top fashion shades — a far cry from the mundane beige that reigned supreme a few years ago, The smooth textured, velvet surfaced carpet is also out of style. Instead, rough textured twists, loops, shags, and sculptured surfaces are the thing. Shaggy carpets zoomed to popularity in California, and are now sweeping the rest of the country. More patterns arc available, making it easier to coordinate furniture with floor coverings. Where Early American patterns used to be the only style where- you could match furniture mid rugs, now there are anuny Spanish, Mediterranean, French and other patterns available. Synthetic fibers such as nylon and acrylics now account for over half the carpets made. This gives new importance to carpet underpadding, because you must have a very resilient padding such as the waffled latex foam rubber pads if carpets made of synthetics are to feel plush underfoot. When and Where you Need It... LET US TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR GLASS NEEDS ... EVERYTHING FROM BROKEN OR CRACKED WINDOW PANES TO INSTALLING PATIO DOORS. WHEN IT'S GLASS YOU NEED, CALL THE EXPERTS! 6 -or PATIO DOOR 8 poor PATIO DOOR $9500 9 -or PATIO DOOR $12(joo REGAN GLASS CO, 1800 W. MAIN 583-1721

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