Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
inc kE i Enclosed outdoor living offers complete privacy they have a spacious bouse lot or a postage many Americans are rediscovering the delights of the ancient concept of the the enclosed outdoor living room This third of five articles on the inward house tells how some of them live graciously and privately in a crowded By PETER TONGE Christian Science Monitor Calif Before heading off to his office at a nearby oil-storage Tex Sprawls eats breakfast in the privacy of a sunlit courtyard complete with and a bubbling fountain Since his recent arrival in this town some 30 miles from San it has become the rule rather than the ex- to begin his day this way His new surroundings lave made this both possible and desirable To quote Mrs Sprawls We're delighted with our home It s so private ANNOUNCEMENT ELAINE THRALE Elaine graduated from the University of ob- taining her Bachelor of Arts at the Fall Convocation last Sat- Nov 1973 She received her earlier education at St St Patricks and St Joseph's schools here in the city She now resides in with her hus- band and small and has taken a position with the Provincial Govern- ment as a Psychiatric Social Worker Elaine is the daughter of Mr and Mrs John Clewes of the City and so peaceful out there And yet the Sprawls' full- sized three-bedroom home is on one of the smallest of lots 3.000 square feet in a sub- division containing 12 homes to the acre The garden-court concept has made it all feasible And the Gentry Development Cor- poration of has developed it to the extent that residents enjoy more more protection from and more outdoor living op- portunities than are available on most far larger lots In fact the whole lot becomes usable living space under the Gentry the courtyard becoming an exten- sion of the under-cover living area Though packed closely together there are no common walls between houses This eliminates that most common of problems in high-density the transfer of interior noise The coutyards are staggered to cut down on outside noise Certainly no sound invaded those cour- tyards I viewed on a recent though the usual com mumty bustle was going on in the streets outside La Dona who lives a few doors down from the Sprawls cites as the principal vir- ture of the concept can visit out front homes have small front gardens open to the all I yet I can come back here and read relax sunbathe in complete Hon.. 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ACTOM from Enonon't Showroom You Can Depend privacy She also appreciates the protection provided by the design 'No on can enter our garden uninvited without first coming over the she points out the Gunsons liv- ed in a typical middle-class home in the San Francisco Bay area Their house was surrounded by a relatively spacious yard that they used tar less frequently than they do their 19-by 40-foot cour- tyard only realized why we used our old yard so little when we came says Mrs Gunson 'It lacked privacy Why recently we sat 18 guests down to dinner out here We would never have done such a thing at our old home The old yard was apparently so open to the gaze of neighbors and passersby at times it almost felt as if it wasn t ours But she adds pointing to the cour- tvard is all ours and only ours Just as a living room is enhanced by good so intimate courtyards are made more attractive and livable by the layout of flower beds and the choice of shrubs Long-time the Sprawls were able to concentrate their talents on a small area with outstanding results A professional land- scape gardener could have ac- complished no more Also a gardening rjudget that is thinly spread over a conventional lot can achieve so much more in an intimate courtyard Main- taining a small garden is 'a simple matter too says Mrs Sprawls This ease of maintenance appealed particularly to Bob Gunson It took me half the weekend just to mow the lawn in the old he says Now a couple of hours a week is all he needs to devote to such chores and that means a lot more time for us all to go water skiing a preoccupa- tion with Gunson family Several years ago officials of the Gentry Corporation saw a need for a new concept in housing We says Woodv a planner with the something in between the single family detached home and the town house or row house of the crowded cities Land becoming steadily more scarce and is putting the pleasant surroun- dings of a spacious lot beyond the reach of increasing numbers of people Thus the question we says Mr Pereira was how could we house people in an attractive environment on a small Studies of the conventional home showed a house in- variably placed in the middle of the lot in which the oc- cupants were generally in the lull glare of public light the moment they stepped out- doors Outdoor living was largely confined to an enclos ed or semi enclosed patio As for the rest of the backyard space tended to go unused and the side strip became the place to store the oarbage cans When land is then why not design housing that will include only the patio for yard space with perhaps a small front garden open to the community9 The search for answers sent Tom Gentry delving into books describing the atrium houses of the an- cient Greek and Roman civilizations The ideas he gleaned from this study were com- municated to architect Norman Dyer The upshot was fhe Gentry a way to squeeze more and more houses on a small piece of land without squeezing the residents There was opposition at the start Most zoning laws prohibited zero-line building Tightly packed housing was BINGO RAINBOW HALL 1401 5th Ave. N. 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Prices effective Nov 19 to Nov 24 We reserve the right to limit quantities also too readily equated with a ghetto slowly resistance to the new approach waned so that today there are several Gentry communities in the San Francisco area Now others are planned for Colorado Colo and Ohio HOW TO DECORATE AN OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM Mass When Jack Rayburn picked the design for his ocean-view home it just happened to con- tain an enclosed that an atrium At the he and his wife Corrine considered it an interesting but unnecessary feature they find it has become central to their living In spite of the freedom of a spacious in spite of the ocean the Rayburns find they spend of their time in the atrium than they do in the exterior garden That's the place for the children to run Mr Rayburn says of the outside lawns he says of the atrium is the place to live in Private patio One of the most popular spots in one ocean-view home m the area is this .enclosed patio Although the home is built on a small the garden offers pleasant shrubbery and the utmost m privacy Qualities such as these are drawing more urban families toward the use of atriums rather than backyards The he stays 10 degrees warmer during the cool months than the garden outside 'We had breakfast out here on Mother's Day second Sunday in he said to illustrate the point They occasionally use the court in winter too As every New Englander knows a sunny sheltered from the can be pleasantly comfortable even on a below-freezing day Mr Ravburn points out wind doesn't blow here period he also find1 the atrium cooler on bakinf summer days Part of atrium is always in shade Also Mr Rayburn believes vacuuming effect of the passing overhead helps I draws out the hot air This somewhat protected environmen enables plants to withstam rugged New England more readily Zenith Eyeglass Hearing Aid Make the right decision now and try this reliable Zenith Carlyle aid at no obligation. 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Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S. 327-2272 Floor plan This is one of several home layouts by the Gentry Development Corporation of Calif that includes a or and assures outdoor privacy even on a small sub- division lot Calendar Kappa Chapter will meet at 8 15 p m Tuesday at the home of Peggy 806 -18 St S Co-hostess is Susan Giffen Program will be music and no words by Barbara Dawson Xi Nu Chapter will meet at 8 15 p m Tuesday at the home of Carole with co-hostess Bernice Ober The public will be presented by Rhonda Schindeler Members are asked to meet at 7 45 at Mayor Magrath L-Mart park- ing lot for car pool to Coaldale Sigma Chapter will meet at 8pm Tuesday at the home of Mrs Harvey 2018 20 St N The piogram will be verse making by Mrs Steffensen Preceptor Eta will hold a bi- monthly meeting at 9 30 a m Tuesday at the home of Helen Bcrlando. 1710 21 St S The Lethbridge Ballet Aux- iliary to the Jolliffe Academy of Dancing will hold a meeting at 9 30 a m in the Bowman Art Centre All parents of ballet students are requested lo attend and all interested persons welcome Babysitting will be provided Friendship Lodge will hold a marking'tea at 8 p m Thurs- day at the home of Mrs V S Reed 540 12 St B N Hostesses will be Mrs M Atkinson and E Jones Members are asked to bring donations for the bazaar FABRIC SALE NEW STOCK Together with special purchases of new stock we have reduced hundreds of yards from our regular stock New over 300 bolts to choose from at a BUCK-A-YARD Values to yd. 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