The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 18, 1937 · Page 14
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 18, 1937
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TheAlgona Upper Oes Moines, Algona, Iowa, March 18,1937 1937 Is the Year to Build! Compact and Economical ^^——~ — — — Plenty of room for the average family, no waste space and economical construction make this house a popular choice with home builders. Simple Colonial lines and a "cottage" appearance are effectively combined with a roomy interior plan. The front door opens into a small vestibule, a feature that gives extra privacy and greater comfort A large coat closet, handy to both front entrance and living room, is located here. A cased opening leads into the living room, where an open fireplace and large windows assure a cheerful year around interior. An open stirway opposite the vestibule entrance leads to the second floor, a cJcor leads into the first Foor bedroom, and a wide opening gives ac- cess to the dinette V: the rear of the house. The living room, like other rooms in the house, has been planned to give adequate wall space for furniture and at the same time retain a spacious feeling unusual in a small house. The kitchen, compact and conveniently planned, is equipped with built-in cases and work tables at each side of the sink, and space js provided for range and refrigerator. A door leads to the basement from this room, and a second door opens onto the rear porch. A bedroom and adjoining bathTbn :he first floor is a convenience much appreciated in many families. Where older people, children or invalids must be considered such a room becomes almost a necessity. In a plan of this type, the inclusion of a first floor bedroom and bath makes a complete one-story home, and the second floor can then be finished at some later time. Hall space on the second floor is reduced to a minimum to make al of the space usable. Two good size bedrooms and a second bath, with two closets and a large attic storage space complete the house. Panels Reflect Light At Kitchen Window Kitchen cupboards that extend to the edge of windows cut off light and air. If such shelves exist in your home, try mirror panels on the end of the cupboards, at right angles to the window. If you are building in shelves, set them back ten inches or so from the window edge. Rounded shelves to hold pottery or plants would give a finishec appearance. Lou Lowman and his niece. Miss Blanche Mayer of Fenton received a telegram telling of the illness of her father. They left at 5 o'clock Wednesday morning for Colfax Illinois. WHEN IT'S The old law of supply and dejnarv, of almost any commodity invariably of almost any commodty invariabl; means increased prices . . . ani there's nothing to deny that we're to have a housing shortage within the next couple of years. Remember the cash bonuses that accompanied pleas for information about a "place to live" only a few years ago? Do you recall the difficulty of finding anyone in the building trades who wasn't busy? Remember the top prices that all kinds of building material commanded not much more than ten years ago? You're going to see those days again.' Building activity, since 1929, has been almost at a standstill; depreciation and fire losses have continued; population has increased (over six million in the six years from 1929 to 1935); marriages have been postponed; all are factors in the impending shortage of suitable homes. Then too, the "doubling up" of families, a depression measure in almost every locality, has almost stopped with the return of better times. The demand is for single family homes, and there just aren't enough to go around! Rents, in most sections, of the country, are already rising; this fact, in every building cycle, has been the deciding factor in the decision of many people to build, buy or remodel an old home. Until building costs reach and keep pace with increasing rentals many bargains will doubtless be available for home-buyers, but for the greatest satisfaction most families will build. Financing, in most cases, !s easy at the present time. As little as 20 per cent of the total cost in a down payment, and as long as twenty years to pay are offered under the terms of the Federal Housing Administration Plan. Interest rates, too, are lower in most sections of the country; reports for 1936 indicate that money is more plentiful and interest rates are lower in most of the principal cities in all sections of the country. Other factors enter into ' the "build now" argument; material j prices have not, as yet, advanced as much as might be expected; it is still possible to enjoy the services of skilled . . . and as yet unrushed . . . builders and contracting companies. Labor costs, in almost all sections of the country, are still low enough to warrant immediate investigation of the building possibilities. Check local trends. Talk to your friends who are renting homes . . . or check your own rent receipts. You'll find, in most cases, that the increased cost of renting has already been felt ia your locality. Discuss real estate activity with a ocal realtor; you'll undoubtedly find that more property has changed hands, higher prices have been asked ... and paid, more general activity has already been shown than las been observed for several years. Compare prices for lumber, brick, mill work, materials of all kinds. Local dealers can supply this information . . . and you'll see that the trend is upward. Don't over- ook the question of local financing; your bank, building and loan com•any or insurance representative will present figures indicating the advisability of borrowing to build under the present favorable con- ditions. Finally, consider the reasons why so many present day houses are outmoded. Look into recent developments in the building field. You'll be surprised at the strides that have been made while many other industries were at a depression standstill. New materials have been called into use; new conveniences have been invented; new methods called into play to bring; production of many former "luxury" items down to the budget level of the average home-builder. The advances haven't been limited to the "gadget" type of convenience, either. Most of them serve a practical purpose; all of them add materially to the comfort of any home. Many of these developments lave been made in actual construc- :ion methods and materials, designed to actually make building less expensive. These are the steps that lave made it possible to build more louse and a better house during, this next period of building expansion. A newspaper- advertisement can always be seen by the reader. For . . . City Property or FARMS See. . . C. W. Nicoulin In Algona Insurance Agency Office •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••XIMSBBMW It's Time to Call Bert Deal Algona's Old Reliable Painter, Job After Job... and if you are considering a job of painting or decorating call 137 ... estimates without cost cheerfully given. Pictures Tell The Story Home Appliances Built with Beauty—and for a lifetime of Uaeful Service. We invite you to inspect our floor displays at our AJgona store. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING Whether it's rewiring an <>M house, wiring a Mew one, or getting new outlets or new appliances and fixtures, we <lo the job right—and our name is vour guarantee of complete satisfaction. PRATT ELECTRIC CO. The Home of VVestinghouse Products E. 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