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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - September 6, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa Ii More than 150, vol. Lxi no. 36. Whole no. 3126 puts profits into farm Home he year 1917 has been distinguished for the exceptionally Large number of modern Homes which have been erected upon farms through the Grain Belt. For Twenty years there has been a constant increase in building activities on farms in the Central West but Many of our farm people have been tardy in giving attention to the farm Home. Naturally it might have been anticipated that this would be a poor building year for the Farmers on account of the increased Cost of All building materials and Home equipment. But the Rural sections of our country have been very prosperous and prices of farm products have advanced in most cases in greater proportion than the Cost of building materials. The Farmer has been Quick to see that he is in As Good a position or better to build now even with advanced building Cost than he has been in the years past. The illustrations shown herewith were taken on the c. C. Leeper place in Jasper county Iowa. Or Leeper has a 315-acre farm. His farm Home burned to the ground last Winter and the new Home which he is erecting at a Cost of More than was planned to be As nearly fireproof As possible. The tile roof obviates the danger of fire being carried by Sparks from other burning buildings or Brush fire. The exterior Walls Are stucco on Metal lath. There is a cellar under the entire House and the accompanying diagram will give some idea of the disposition of this cellar space. How Ever a few changes were made in this cellar after these plans were drawn. It is rare that county Iowa Farmer so places his sur plus As to bring Large returns to himself and family. Equipped with a combination water Heater and laundry stove built in tubs and soiled Linen and clothes from the upper floors Are deposited in the laundry through a Large Chute. This saves a great Deal of running up and Down stairs. The basement in this Home contains Bath and toilet rooms. A special electrical lighting system has been installed furnishing Light for the House and barn heat for the electric Iron and Power for the sewing machine and vacuum cleaner. By Means an architect can furnish plans which will need no revision to suit individual needs and tastes. Provision has been made in the cellar for a Good sized vegetable room a room for the Stor age of canned fruits a Coal room a boiler and Furnace room and laundry. Adjoining the Laun dry is a Large drying room where clothes May be dried in inclement weather. The laundry is driveway and portico with door into House. C. C. Keeper s modern farm Home Jasper county Iowa. Of a modern heating Plant and radiation scientifically planned temperatures in this new mod Ern Home May be controlled in the most severe weather. Entrance to the main floor of this modern farm Home is by Way of a Cement floor Terrace which extends along the Side of the House fac ing the Road and which is illustrated by one of the figures reproduced herewith. From this Terrace one enters a covered porch which will be screened in during the summer and thence into a Vestibule. To the left As one enters has been provided a spacious built in closet for outer Gar ments and encased in the door of this closet is a full length plate Glass Mirror which gives the ladies a splendid Opportunity to examine their attire and headdress before leaving the House. This is Only an instance of the careful consideration Given by the architect in his Effort to pro vide convenience for this modern farm Home. The floor plan shown herewith gives one an excellent idea of the splendid living room the Library adjoining and the arrangement of the dining room and Kitchen. Outside the Kitchen in the rear of the House is an additional room called the Kitchen entry. In this room is a built in refrigerator. One of the Best rooms in this House is the solarium entered through the Library or dining room. This Sun parlor is provided with Glass windows and May be heated in the Winter. It is also provided with screened windows for use in the summer. The upper floor plan provides for three spacious bed Chambers As shown in the diagram accompanying and also a commo Dious sleeping porch. The floors of the bedrooms Are Beech Wood and the doors Are each of one solid piece of highly polished Wood. The closet doors Are in Laid with plate Glass mirrors full length. There Are built in Linen closets and a modern Bath room with tile floor. In a general Way it May be said that the exterior appearance of this modern farm Home does not do the Interior Justice. In one of the drawings reproduced herewith some idea is Given of the fireplace and built in bookcases and compartments surrounding it. Another illustration shows the general plan of the sideboard and still an other shows the effect the architect has secured for some of the inside doors including the mirrored door above referred to. Of course it is Plain that or. Leeper was financially Able to build a As we have described or he would not have undertaken it. But it is interesting to study to some extent the changing conditions covering a Quarter of a Century which have placed this Grain Belt Farmer in the enviable position which he now occupies. Twenty years ago he bought 157 acres of land at an acre. The balance of his 315 acres was bought eight years ago at an acre. On an aver age the entire farm was Worth Twenty years ago around per acre. Now Leeper considers it Worth per acre. A farm adjoining sold recently for that Price. Twenty years ago when or. Leeper went on this farm Corn was Worth 16 cents a Bushel. In the fall of the first year he needed Corn for feeding and bought 800 bushels in crib from a neighbor for Cash. Oats were Worth Twenty years ago about 10 cents a Bushel or less hogs sold for and per concluded on Page 6. Side front Entrance and Cement Ter race along the front of House. I

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