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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 27, 1929, Mason City, Iowa QBEGAZETTE MJ g f JULY 27 Small Investment IMPROVING THE HOME OFTEN COSTS LITTLE Is Average Cost of Modernizing One of the early questions thai rises in the minds of the home owner who contemplates moderniz ation is that of costs What will it cost me to modern ize my home is the question that is constantly raised The answer to such a question logically depends on the condition of the home its size the amount of modernizing to be done and other subjects of similar nature Old Houses Require Greater Expenditure Obviously the house that was built back in the gay nineties when many of the common conveniences of today were unknown will re quire a greater expenditure of money than the dwellingthat was constructed ten or fifteen years The old house of the day of Free Sliver has an architectural style that is obsolete The ginger bread trimming the illarranged rooms and the lack of uptodate fixtures call for a thorough modernization On the other hand a house that Tvaa built ten or fifteen years ago has many of the conveniences that are standard today It may re quire a new heating plant a sun porch up to date electrical fixtures or more pleasing interior decora tions The older the house the more the cost of modernizing will be Average Cost An investigation into the costs of modernizing various homes dis closed that the average cost of modernization was in the neighbor hood of This investigation covered over 100000 homes and was conducted by an organization in a position to secure accurate state league of building and loan asso They knew almost to a penny the actual amount spent on modernization by various home owners who submitted their mod ernizing plans when applying for loans Figures secured from other inde pendent sources go to prove the accuracy of this estimate two thousand is a fair amount to set up as the average cost of modern izing a home Home Stood Idlo An Instance is related of one house that stood idle for many months flue to its poor condition This house was constructed hack in the days when stove heat was uni versal It had no cellar nor mod ern lighting It was ugly rundown and apparently worthless Finally the house was modern ized A basement was excavated and a heating plant installed New floors a bathroom a sleeping porch uptodate electrical fix tures and a new front porch were a part of the program The house was completed and immediately rented It is bringing in a steady the modernizing ex pense amounted to jl823 Detailed figures covering the cost of improving this old house are given in the accompanying table Detailed Modernizing Costs Excavation3 4000 Concrete 45 00 Stone 3200 Brick laYin STUCCO BUILDINGS MAY BE CLEANED BY WASHING After a stucco homehas1 been ia use for a number of years stains and dirt accumulate on the aids walls This is a common condition with any type of house but with stucco painting is not necessary as with wooden siding A thorough cleaningonly is needed Building Tile Hoofing Plumbing lighting Fixtures iUectrical Wiring Plastering Exterjor arating Interior Decorating Carpentry umber loors rim Sash and Stair work ardware Slazing THE NEW BATH ROOM A GREAT CONTRAST TO OLD TIMER 800 4800 25000 800 3000 3700 1200 7000 6000 5000 37500 46300 4500 20000 2oOO 700 51823 00 b if S I V fear rt MODERN BATH COMPACT NEAT AND SANITARY u H S V 8how the sreat stridw made in beaut the bath Place Furniture for Comfort Beauty Follows The ideal home interior is one in which comfort is perfectly blended with beauty The secret of secur ing both comfort and beauty is to aim for comfort first for on the trail of comfort one inevitably finds beauty as well When placing the furniture in the various rooms of the house keep this principle in mind and the results will be entirely satisfactory to you Many a person has been perplexed by the problem of furni ture arrangement not knowing that the secret was so simple Comfort la a tworold entity re lating to the mind as well asto the body Deepcushioned wellpro portioned chairs and couches con veniently located tables shaded lights easy foot rests and luxuri ous rugs minister to the comfort of the body But the mind seeks rest and ease also and finds it in such abstract entities as order unity balanced effects good pro portions graceful lines and color harmony When grouping your furniture decide on the center of interest for each group and place the various units that compose the group with reference to the chief objwt The great advance in bathroom is illustrated forcefully by the before and after illustrations on this page The view at the bottom shows a typical bathroom of yesteryear It is a bare dingy room gloomy and ill ventilated The fixtures are in style many years ago and their presence is today a sign that mod ernization is needed In contrast look at the view to the left Note the handsome fix tures and evidence of good taste Modern Bathroom Compact The modern bathroom is de signed to utilize every square foot of space The fixtures fit snugly without crowding Careful plan ning can adapt even as small a room as feet so that it has a spacious look particular installation the floor and wainscoting are linole um which is easily cleaned Often tiles are placed on the floor and form the wainscot The upper walls are finished In plaster paint ed to harmonize with the wainscot This wall may be covered with can vas sheeting wall paper or chintz Whatever the material it should be finished with a shellac or enamel to nrotect it The radiator ia set in a recess in the wall and protected by a grille The use pf a recess con serves space in a small room Mirror Flanked by Lights The mirror is hinged onening on a cabinet for toilet articles On each side of the mirror are elec tric lames with frosted bulbs which give a clear soft Herat The enamel bath sets on the floor thus preventingan accumu lation of dust beneath It is low with a flat bottom and straight sides desijrned to prevent slipping when steppingin or out of tub Overhead is the shower which is controlled from the side of the wall The shower curtain will be noted against the wall The syphon jet closet has a low tank Its modern construction makes It practically free from noise The lavatory has a substan tial pedestal A knob controls the direct lift of the waste which gives a ouiet free flow The keen appreciation of colors in Interior decorations is reflected nowadays in the bathroom From old whitewalled cells where san itation was the dominant keynote many of the more recent designs in Dathroom fixtures have been tinted n ouiet tones that transform these little rooms into charming little chambers ROCK TERRACES TO BEAUTIFY STEEP SLOPES A deep cut made grading the street before the home often leaves the house with a steep slope leading to the lawn above problem of caringfor this slops so that it will not wash away with succeeding rains has been solved making a rock terrace to bold back the soil and at the same time beautify the approach to tha house Rock terraces are made by dig ging out the soil placing bouldera into the sunken holes and filling up the space about the rocks with good soil in which are planted rock plants Such plants as candy tuft Scotch pansies myrtle lantanas dwari zinnias verbenas and lobelias may be placed between the rocks as well as such rock plants as sedum alys sum arabis and dianthus A planting like this keeps the terrace a continual mass of bloom from early spring until autumn The rock terrace successfully solves a problem that has con fronted many home owners who have steep slopes of raw earth to conceal Cut Out This COUPON Mail It to us with 5c and we will send you a copy of our Home Modernizing Bureau Care of Mason City GlobeGazette TILE Mason City Brick Tile Co Building Tile BUILDING SUPPLIES Mica Insulating Supply Co Phone St S W CUT STONE DEALERS Mason City Cut Stone Co Phone St and N Monroe Ave DECORATING Wallpapering and Painting Lownsberry Craig Bros Phones 2910 or 1583J or 3083L ELECTRIC WIRING CONTRACTOR Harry J Burke WIRING LAMPS AND FIXTURES Phone 2181Estiinatea Cheerfully Given GENERAL CONTRACTORS A L Lake on i to prove CEMENT Northwestern States Portland Cement Co i Northwestern Portland Cement HARDWARE Currie Van Ness Co YALE HARDWARE Phone North Federal Ave LUMBER COMPANIES Moore Moore Incorporated Phone So Federal Ave L A Page Lumber Co Phone So Federal Ave LOAN INVESTMENT COMPANIES Mason City Loan Investment Co Phone E State St WILL HELP YOU TO ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES Peoples Gas Electric Co For Better 123 Landscape Gardeners and Nurserymen Kembles Greenhouse Phone So Federal Ave Plumbing Heating Contractors WJDaly Co Phone 2nd St N E J F Garvey Co Phone 1st St N E YOUR HOME SAND GRAVEL Ideal Sand Gravel Co Washed and Screened Sand and Gravel PAINT WALLPAPER GLASS Hugh Davey Son Phone 2nd St S W Manning Bros Paint Co Phone E State St W R Mickey Co WHOLESALE AND RETAIL Phone So Federal Ave Ideal Plumbing Heating Co RUGS DRAPES and HANGINGS Phone So Federal Ave JCPuthCo DamonIgou Co Phone No Federal Ave W H Rhoden Phone No Federal Ave Phone N Federal Ave BRICK HOMES A SPECIALTY Phone 1st St N W F A McNary Son AJJ Kinds of Building and Remodeling Phone So Penn Ave SASH AND DOOR MANUFACTURER Mason City Millwork Co Members of the Home Modernizing Bureau Ask For Our Suggestions RETAILING AND WHOLESAUJVG OF Sash Doors Frames Screens Cabinet Work Fix tures etc Phone 155 Cor Monroe and 4th S W SHEET METAL PRODUCTS Ray E Pauley Co LENNOX FURNACE Phone So Federal Ave MEMBER OF THEBUREAU WILL GLADLY OFFER SUGGESTONS COSTS
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