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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 23. 1000.
NEWS OF THE BUSY HOME BUILDERS
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IJED FOETAL
STEEL
PLASTEISiriO LATH
is the fire-proof substitute for
the inflammable wood lath.
It Prevents Cracking and Falling
of Plaster on Walls and Ceiling.
Adopted by the U. S. Govern
ment and used everywhere in
all good buildings.
Write for circular.
(SOUTHWESTERN EXPANDED METAL CO.
84 Van Buren Strt, CHICAGO
If you mo paying $15.00 por month rent and con
tinue to pay the same sum for thirty live years, which
you will do if you do not purchase a home, you will
pay over $(,300.00, or about three times the value of a
house that would rent for that sum. You will have
paid for the house in which you live three time and yet
not own it.
Why not pay for it once and then own it!
You may do so by taking advantage of our monthly
payment plan.
Our Secretary will be glad to explain.
Call at our office. j
Omaha Loan & Building Assn.
S. E. Cor. 16th and Dodge Streets.
Geo. W. Loomls, Ire. - O. M. Nnttlngrr, 8ccy. and Troan.
W. R. Adair, Ass't. Soc'y.
AftflftA, $2,500,000.00. Reserve, $00,000.00.
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WESTERN REPRESENTATIVES OF
THE NORTHWESTERN EXPANDED
METAL CO.
C. W. HULL CO.
Independent Lumber Go.
PHONES A-321B Doug. H-633
40th and Leavenworth Sis., Omaha.
New Company New Bright Stock
Solving the Home Building Problem
Arthur . O. CImmh, Architect.
For several Sundays answers will bo 1
flvcn In this department to questions of
general Interest to home builders.
Question 'If a detailed description of
how to plan a stairway Is of general Inter
est to your reaxlers. ran you give some ad
vlc on the proper designing of this diffi
cult feature?
Answer One of the Important things to
consider In the planning of a homo Is the
proper location and plan of th main stair
way. There are' a grent many ways In
whlrh this prominent feature that ts the
first to greet you as you enter the home,
can be designed, nnd It Is to be regretted
that there are more failures In the build
ing of stnlrwoys, from the standpoint of
convenience and beauty, than there Is In
any other rart of the house. One of the
prlnclpil defects encountered In the bulld
. Ing of a stairway Is In trying to get It Into
too small a spare. It mntters little whether
a house costs S'.ono or JlO.onn, the stairway
takes up about the same amount of room.
It requires as many steps to ascend the
second floor, and there Is very little dif
ference In the width betwen the stalrwiya
of Inexpensive and expensive homes. The
stairway ts ono of the two principal fea
tures within the home that lends It charac
terthe other being the fireplace, and as
this Is the first to be seen (and first Im
pression should always be good). It Is very
Important. tha,t the main stairway In the
reception hall should be well designed.
The more csj keeps to a simple design
In the - construction of the stairway, the
easier the, problem. The defect often
comes In trying to mike It appear too
elaborate. Square, simple, newel posts and
plain balusters about an tnrh and a quar
ter square, with the corners rounded, are
much to be preferred to the huge creations
of the mill often turned out as ornamental
(T) Newel posts and the crooked, twisted
balusters, one so often sees. To say noth
ing of the appearance, they are very hard
to keep clean and require a dally dusting
, of each baluster, the same as one would
JOst any piece of furniture.
It la always best to have at leaxt one
landing In a stairway, for a continuous run
from floor to floor without a landing be
tween on which to pause and rest, makes
the ascent too tiresome, especially for thi
older members of the houehold. It Is also
quite Important that the rise of each step
should not be too great. One-quarter of
an Inch In the difference of the height of
Steps makes a wonderful difference In the
ease of ascending a stairs. The rise of
each step should be as near seven and
one-quarter Inches its possible. A good
width for each tread Is eleven Inches, while
twelve inches makes a splendid tread where
the space can be taken.
The matter of hand rail should also re
ceive serious consideration. No stairs
should bo built without a hand rail ex
tending Its full length. Many a slip and
fall by children or convalescent Invalids
has been saved from serious consequences
through having a hand rail handy for Im-
THE BEE'S PllAN OFFER
Mr. Clausen Is the author of a
well Illustrated book containing a
f treat many designs of modem
lomes, complete plans for which
will be furnished to Bee readers at
reduced prices. The book Is enti
tled THE AIT, SCIXVOB AJTS BEKTI
MZZTT Or IOKR BUXX.Hl-
oro.
40 Chapters 000 Illustrations.
A beautiful and practical book con
taining complete Information on the
planning mid designing of every kind
of home. It contains extensive articles
on that popular style of home. The
American Bungalow, also the Two
Story Bungalow, BUNGALOWS
BTIL.T FOR TWO. Homes ot Dis
tinctive Character, Planning the Cot
tage, the Country Home, the Farm
Home, Homes for Special Places, The
Duplex House, etc. There are ex
tensive Illustrated articles on en
trances, windows, stairways, flre
plHces, porches, kitchens, pantries,
cement construction, articles on what
not to do in building a home, the Let
ting of Contracts, the Practical Bide
of Home Building, the Sentiment of
Home Building, etc.. etc. Price, post
paid to readers of The Bee, fl. Send
all orders to Arthur C. Clausen,
architect. Studio, 1013 Lumber Ex
change, Minneapolis, Minn.
mediate support. Winders should never be
placed In the main stairs. The winder Is
a step which goes diagonally across a
landing from corner to corner. The cellar
stairs and the attic stairs should, when
possible, follow the same general rules
that apply to the main stairway. Cellar
stairs arc often made uncomfortably steep
when there la no reason for It. Because
one's guests do not climb up and down the
cellar stairs is no- reason for not giving
careful attention to a correct proportion
of tread and riser. Many steps are taken
up and down the collar stairs each day
and the ascent should be made comfortable.
Question Are there any set rules In re
gard to the location of doors?
Answer In locating a door In any par
tition, one should always consider the fact
that (he door must swing open and not
place the door In a position that when
swung open It would Hpoll a good wall
surface which could be used for the piano,
davenport, bed, bureau or other wall fur
niture. Wall lights should never be placed
where a door will strike them in opening if
swung clear back. The front door, or In
fact all outside doors, should have a wall
space against which to stand when open.
A very common mistake In the planning of
the entrance hall Is to so locate the front
door ttun when It stands open. It stands
across the opening to the parlor, or as Is
sometimes the case. It laps over a window.
Little mistakes like these, which are very
annoying, could have been easily rem
edied had the plans been studied more care
fully. Bedroom doors should never be
made less than two feet eight Inche9 wide,
for many bureaus are too wide to pass
through a smaller opening. Never place
fancy grill work In a large opening to the
parlor. It la considered poor taete, nover
(Continued on Tenth Page.)
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ADDS MORE TO YOUR PROPERTY ' 1 j
I THAN A FINE IRON FENCE. WE I
MAKE ANY KIND OF FENCE. SEE I -
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NOT A PIECE OF OLD LUMBER IN YARD
LEX US FIGURE WITH YOU
J. R. STEVENSON & CO.,
Gravel Composition Roofing
Office, 538 Paxton Building.
Having recently purchased the Gravel Roofing depart
ment of the Sunderland Roofing and Supply Co., we are in
a better position to do all kinds of roofing than ever before,
and at prices that will appeal to you. Let us furnish you
an estimate.
Phones: Doug. 2175; Ind. A-1792.
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RALSTON
Exit the Frame House
No story of the settlement of Nebraska
to the useful part played by the frame
houso as a cheap and for the period, an
efficient rhelter for man and beast, but
the time has come for Us disappearance,
ut least from slKht. The pioneers were
compf'lli'd to live In log" cabins, sod houses
and dux-outs because there were no means
of obtaining- a supply of lumber, but later
the several rairoads constructed from Mis
sissippi river points westward were em
ployed In Its distribution. The state was
populated so rapidly and the demand for
building material so urgent that shipments
were niacin annually of product sawed from
pine logs floated from the northern timber
regions.
This unseasoned wood was freely used In
building houses, which for several years
were fairly comfortable, but the hot winds
I of the summers, combined with a dry atmo-
sphere caused shrinkage and numerous
I cracks, enabling the wintry blasts to pene
trate freely to every nook and corner. The
result la that frame houses ao constructed
.ire uncomtprtabie In winter even with a
lavish and wasteful combustion of fuel.
and being mere shells are susceptible to
the heat of summer. The climate, too. Is
very destructive to paint, necessitating
frequent and expensive renewals. There
are In th state many thousands of these
houses In a condition really unfit for habi
tation and too good to pull down. Were no
alternative at band the remedy would In
volve their demolition and new construction
from other material at an enormous ag
gregate expense.
Iluppily, through a course of evolution,
which brought a supply of cheap cement
and a suitable form of metal lath. It is
now possible to cover the exteriors of
flame houses with cement mortar In such
a way as to greatly Improve their ap
pearance. Increase their comfort, both In
winter and aummer, and ao long as a tight
roof la maintained, extend their life In
definitely. The cost will not be great and
the annual saving In fuel, paint and repairs
it Is said will be equal to from 10 to 20 per
cent on the money Invested.
The cement sidewalk offords a demon
stration of the durability of the material
under hard usage and climatic exposures
and the contractors for that work could
easily execute the new undertaking. In aid
of the movement is the fact that the "stuc
coed house," as It Is frequently called, Is
I decidedly the fashion and when the cover
I ing of the old house Is completed there
j would be no external evidence of Its an-
Mi nana
HOW TO SELECT FACE BRICK
Bee our Display Room with 1U 150 panels of the
latest, bent and most attractive Brick effects. Then let
us show you hundreds of buildings In Omaha in which our
brick have been used. That's the real test. Prices right.
ANDIRONS, FIRE SETS, ETC
For old and new houses no furnishings add more to the
' home" effect than a btWiful pair of andirons and other
anifluc iireplace fittings. We are up-to-the-minute
on these goods. Display Room.
SUNDERLAND
A durable light weight roofing for flat or
steep surface on Store Buildings, Ware
houses, Tactories, Barns, Sheds, Farm
Buildings, etc. Applied with a liberal
guarantee by a responsible concern.
Sunderland Roofing and Supply Co.
1006-8 10 Dourlas Street Phones: Douf. 871; A 1225
30 Minute Service
Car leaves West Q street on the hour and half hour, and returns from
Salaton on the quarter hour and thxee-qaarter honr.
Be the thriving; new town with Its large factories, railroads, bus In ass
houses, beautiful raaldanca district and Una lake and park ground.
At the verr outset of this aotlvlty la the time to make your Investment.
Many residence lots In Balaton are selling- on a payment of flO and 93 par
weak, and good business lots on easy terms.
These lots will double and treble In value. If yon are looking for the
blggeet real estate opportunity In the past twenty ysara, look up Balaton at
one. Baal estate offioa In Balaton.
RALSTON TOWNSITE CO.
SHINIER & CHASE CO., AGENTS
1609 Farnam Street Doug. 3867, A-3642
A. . inmauaw til. IffW-li IV '' a,W m.' K Ts
Beautify Your Lawns Wilh Our Wire and Iron Fences and Gales.
Trellises lor Vines. Tree Guards t.
n r (!fts.
Lawn vases.
Tactory 15th and Jackson 617 Bo. 16th St.
HITCH POSTS, WISDOW QUABDS,
CLOTHES POSTS, CHICXEM PEHCB
Si-iul fur Cat il.jyuo.
CHAMPION FENCE CO!VIFAIMY
TRY A LOAD OF
IHiudson Indian Coal
Mined at Hudson, Wyo.
Free Burning; Clean; No Soot; No Clinker; Only 3 As!)
-SOLO BY
Harmon & Weeth Co., Omaha
C. B. Havens & Co., Omaha
Updike Lumber & Coal Co., Omaha
titiuity or previous condition or uccay. ,
The economic effects of a movennnt ues-
tim-d o be revolutionary In its rapid tranb-
formatlon of town and farm buildings and
out houses from the unsightly wood to an
appearance of stone will be most bene
flclul to Nebraska Interests In the stimu
lation of local investments In cement pro
duction and the employment of additional
labor. The money sent out In large vol
ume in p"m'nt fjr lumber would be kept
at homo for local expenditure to the ad
vantage of retail dealers and property
values. Experience has shown that wood
lath as a holding device is not reliable, I
and Its use calculated to discredit the
movement. It is well known that cement Is
a chemical preservative of metal from cor
roslnn, nnd being one of the best (ire re
sistcnts, there would be an obvious lessen
ing of risk from that cause. As a skilled
architect could suggest changes beneficial
to the appearance and Insure the stability
of the work, such employment la usually
recommended.
The Nebraska Concrete and Reinforcing
company ia putting in concrete posts at the
Dete-ntlon home. The work will be com
pleted the latter part of July.
The new pavilion of the Happy Hollow
club will be one of the nicest around
Omaha. Work has been hegun and will be
completed about the first of the month.
The Independent Lumber company has the
contract and la pushing the work.
The S.ftO eight-foot cement posts which
the Nebiaska Concrete and Reinforcing
company ia putting up at Fort Crook to
support an iron fence around the fort have
beea delivered.
FIRE WINDSTORM CYCLONE
INSURANCE
RELIABLE FIRE
Twenty years in business and ne losses ever contestedv
Greigh, Baldridge . Co.
..AGENTS...,
Dee Dulldlno
CZBTXrXCATB OP PUBUCATIOK
STATE OK NEBRASKA, OFKIC'K OF
Al'DlTOK or I'l UUU" ACCOl'NTS
LINCOLN, February 1st.
IT IS HLKLUY CKUTIFIKU, That the
Uelawaiv InsLiuiu e i onipuny of i'hlla
dflplil.i, in the Stale of Pennsylvania, has
complied with the Insuianre Law of thin
Slate applicable to such Companies and
Is therefore authorized to continue the
business of Fire and Tornado Insurance In
this State for the current year ending
January 31st. 191ft.
Witness my hand and the seal of the
Auditor ot Public Accounts, the day and
year first above written.
SILAS R. BARTON.
(Seal) Auditor of Publlo Account.
C. E. PIERCE, Deputy.
CEBTIPXOATB OP PUBLICATION
STATE OF NEBRASKA. OFFICE OF
AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS.
LINCOLN. February 1st. 19"9.
IT 13 IIF.UKHY CKKTIKIEP. That the
Prussian National Insurance Company of
Stettin, (lermany. has complied w th the
Insurance Law of thla State, applicable to
such Companies and la therefore author
ised to continue the business of Fire In
surance In this State for the current year
ending January 31st, 1910.
Witness my hand and the seal of the
Auditor of Public Accounts, the day and
year first above written.
SILAS R. BARTON,
(Seal) Auditor of PuUlo Account.
C. t. PIERCE, Deputy.
Phone D. 200
CTEmTIPXOATB OP PUBLICATION
STATE OF NEBRASKA, OFFICE OP
AUDITOR OF PUBLIC AM OUNTS
LINCOLN. February 1st. 199.
IT IS HEREBY CKBTIFIEO. That th
8'curlty Insurance Co., of New Haven
la the Slate of Connecticut, has complied
with the Insurance Uw of this State, ap
plicable to auch Companies and Is there
fore authorised to continue the business of
Fire, Lightning and Tornado Insurance in
this State for the current year ending Jan
uary 31st. 1110-
Witness my hand and the seal of the
Auditor of Public Accounts, the day and
year first above wrliten.
SILAS R. BARTON,
(Seal) Auditor of Publlo Acoouula.
C. E. PIERCE. DejjuUg
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