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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 7, 1909)
TIMELY REAL ESTATE GOSSIP
Omaha it Building Homei, Baiineii
' Blocks and Vtir Street.
THOROUGHFARES BY THE MILE
DUttnrra of X.w Asphalt la
Lal4 to Keea tp wltb the fur.
prater's Hammer " M
Trust company, composed ot W. A. Paxtort,
Merman H. 1'etera. B. J. Prannell. Frank
T. Ransom and Ir. Robert F. Ollmore.
Thla company cf gentlemen bought alxty-
MEWS OF TIE MM HOME BUILDERS
' one lota on the old circus (rounds Just
north nf Ames avenue between Twent
fourth and Thirtieth streets and during
the last summer have spent a large sum
of money In making this an addition beau
tiful. They have paved the streets, parked
the entire tract, built nineteen houses and
last week decided to build twelve mora,
which will put a house on every other
lot. The lots Intervening will be sold,
with the owner of the neighboring house
having the first chance to buy.
Cn3 Ranges KeAter Wiy,; y
THE OMAHA SUNDAY DEE: NOVEMBER 7. 1000.
Omaha In Its downtown district Is put
ting on a new prarb and will present a far
different front for the National Corn ex
position to what It has In the last few
years. For some time It has bfen the (treat re
gret of dwellers In the (Sate Citv that the
downtown streets were so had and a trip
to and from the railroad stations was quite
a task In a carriage or sn automobile.
All this has been changed. The down
town stie ts are being ipived and when
the nxt large crowd of visitors come to
Omaha 'It will find the ma'n streets re
pavtd with a fine new- surface of as
phaltum. The trouble was that the pave
ments had outgrown their natural lifetime.
An asjihaltum pavement Is supposed
to laxt about twenty years, while many
of the downtown streets of Omaha had
been wearing the came surface for twenty-seven
years. The pavement was In
such bad condition that It was bevond
repair and although the repair department
of the city went over these streets a
couple of times a year they were soon In
as bid shape as ever.
Now the streets are all new. Not onlv
was a new surface put on, but a heavy
concrete base as well, making the streets
In exceptionally good shape. The new
pavements were put down according to
the latest Improved ldens, which do away
with high Kt-ps at each crosring. It has
been found by experience that It Is not
necessary to have a high step at each
crossing to keep the water off the side
City Engineer Craig has won the lastlnc
plaudits of thousands by his successfu
'crusade for better sidewalks In the down
town districts. For years sidewalks have
been permitted practically to care for
themselves until they became a sight.
Local people became so accustomed to
seeing the edges of the sidewalks all bat
tered and broken that they began to accept
them as a necessity. Now they may set
the change. Notices were sent out to all
owners of defective sidewalks that they
must be repaired find the result has been
that miles and miles of walks were re
paired In the central part of the city and
the wonder Is that some one had not
thought of tho change before. - While the
expense was alight on each Individual
owner the Improvement Is so pronounced
that It makes a vast change In the general
appearance of the city.
And still the building rush goes On.
Material men are having all they can do
to supply the demands for the thousands
of new homes which are being built In all
parts of the city. No matter to what part
of Omaha one drives new buildings strike
the eye. Resident districts are springing
up on all sides, sidewalks are being laid
and the streets paved and Omaha, the city
of beautiful homes. Is deserving of the
One of the prettiest new home districts
In Omaha is that laid out by the Prairie
RED CROSS STAMPS COMING
Means of Raisin Panda to Paah
Fight Aaa I not the White
Once again the Red Cros Christmas
stamps are to be sold throughout the coun
try as a means of raising funds In the antl
tuberctorls campaign. The American
National Red Cross, of which President
Taft Is president, has announced Its stamp
plans for the coming holiday season. These
provide for the appointment of central
supply agencies, through which the stick
ers will be distributed to Individuals and
organizations desiring to assist In the good
work, and for the return of one-third of
the gross receipts to the Red Cross.
Last year the Christmas stamps were
sold outright to agents, who provided their
own advertising matter. Thla year the Red
Cross provides stamps and advertising
matter free, but requires a return at the
end o the season of one-third of the re
ceipts. From this sum the Red Cross will pay
the expenses of printing stamps and ad
vertising matter, express charges, post
sge, cli?icnl arlstance, etc., leaving a
probable net profit of 75 per cent, which
will be applied to Ihe most urgent needs
of Its work, whatever they may be.
The expenditure of the remaining two
thirds will be left to the discretion of the
organisations appointed as official dis
tributers of the stamps, the only exaction
being that the money shall be used In the
fight against the white plague.
Last year the total sale of stamps
throughout the country netted about 1135,
000, of whloh sum the largest single
amount was secured through The North
American, which was the first newspaper
In the United States to champion the
cause when the movement was started
by Miss Emily P. Bis sell of Wilmington In
The Red Cross stamp of 1909 Is now In
the printer's hands. A new design has
been adopted, selected as the result of a
competition In which there were 1.2O0 par
ticipants. The stamp will be In red and
green, with lettering In white, and will
be one Inch square. The order already
plaoed with the printer la for 30,000,00)
stamps. More, In any number, can be pro
duced as rapidly as may be neoessiry.
The stamps will be ready for shipment to
agents on November 1. This will afford
agents ample time to complete arrange
ments and be In readiness for the opening
of a vigorous selling campaign in the lat
ter part of November or first of Decem
ber. The slogan for the Red Cross campaign
this Christmas Is 50,000,000. This would
mean nearly half a million dollars for the
fight against our worst disease enemy.
Philadelphia North American.
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Selection of Building Materials
Arthur O. Clausen, Arohit.et.
TIE time of the year In which
0 Ef I the contracts for th. building
I I of a house are let has consld-
rrauie to oo wim ins prices re
ceived. For example, a con
tract can be let for about 10
per cent cheaper at th. present time of
th. year, th. house to be built during the
winter, than the prices on. would get
during th. rush of th. building season next
spring. If only th. foundation is put Ir.
now and th. contract Is let early In the
year, enabling the contracors to get an
earlier start than would be possible If the
foundation was not put In now, there would
be a saving of from t to 8 per
cent. It Is th. purpose of this
article, however, to call th. prospective I
home builder's attention to various econo
mies In th. construction of a home and the
letting of th. oontract that would apply
at any time of th. year.
A great many people think that they
can pav. money through being their owp
contractor. They flgur. that they will save
the contractor's profit of from 8 to 10
per oent by buying their own materials,
hiring their own labor and superintending
the construction of th. house themselves.
In this they make a fatal error. Few con
tractors flgur. much for the profit on
labor sine, this Is really an unknown
quantity, on which they can merely make
estimates In a general way based upon
their previous experience. Since the wages
paid out for labor amounts to almost half
the cost of th. house. It Is very Important
that this Item should be handled in a sys
tematic manner. A contractor through his
experience knows Just how many men he
can work to an advantage on a house of
a certain six., how many common laborers
he would need to supply his brick masons
with mortar and brick, just what quanti
ties and at what time certain materials
are needed at the Job and knows how
much work each man should turn out In a
day, enabling him to keep track of their
work and discharge any low or Incapable
VVh.n a man attempts to take a con
tractor's plaoa, lacking all of the technical
knowledge and experience of th. Utter
his labor bill will usually amount to 25 or
10 per cent more through his not being
able to carry on th. work In systematic
manner. Th. writer has observed houses
her. a whole crew of men had to be laid
off temporarily during the busy season of
the year because th. owner did not order
certain material far enough ahead of time
to get when needed. Men do not stay idle
during th. buny season In the building Hue
and a crew laid off in this manner will
Immediately look for other positions, there
by leaving their former employer handi
capped for the lack of labor when the
work starts again. Th. owner Is often un
able to get .nough dim together again to
carry on th. work properly. Those whom
he doe. hlr under the, circumstance,
know nothing about th. work that has
w.. Ann mntt hava to eiu.lv ntu tli. uiat-
THE BEE'S PLAN BOOK
Through an arrangement with Ar
thur C. Clausen, architect, th. read
ers of Ths Omaha Bee can obtain a
copy of his beautiful book,
'TH"E 1ST, gCXENCZ AJTS EH'
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This book contains forty-six chap
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practical side of humebullding, glv-
lng complete Information on the
planning and designing of every kind
of home, liner, is nothing more
practical than making th. horn, ar
tistic, building it on scientific lines
and to insure sanitary conditions
and warmth. The author of the book
alms to give the Intending home
builder sdvlce on subjects such as
buying the let. planning the home,
letting th. contract, choosing the
materials, etc. Problems about front
doors, windows, stairways, fir.
p.aces. exteriors, Interior finish, etc,
are taken up In detail and treated
with good common sense. Nearly all
questions that could be anticipated
are answered and th. book should
prove a great help to those who are
about to plan a home. It Is pro
fusely Illustrated. Send all orders to
Arthur C. Clausen, 11S6-37-38 Lumber
ter all over again, unless a competent fore
man has been engaged with a salary abovt
the union scale, whose salary would go on
whether the work was going on or not. I
hav. also noticed bricklayers mixing their
own mortar and carrying their own bricks
when the homebullder should hav. had
common labor to do this work for him In
stead of paying a man U 50 to do work that
could b. don. Just as well by cheap labor.
Also, the workmen on a house built for
the owner himself know that they will
probably never hav occasion to work for
this man again; they know he is Incapable
of Judging the amount of work that should
be don. in a day and Is not apt to dis
cover minor Impsrfeotlons In th. work.
These facts hav. a demoralising Influence
over the workmen whloh means poorer
work done In more llm. than when th.y
are under the guidance of a man whom
they hope to work for throughout the
When It come to th. buying of mate
rials, while a man may be abl. to get
aome on. or two things at low cost through
having lomi friend or relative In th. busi
ness, taken as a whole, th. material
throughout th. hous. will cost th. hom.
bullder mor. than th.y would cost a con
tractor, or example a contractor of any
importance will buy his cement, flooring,
aiding, shingles, dimension lumber and
other much used materials by th. carload,
thereby receiving special quotation, eo
the prices of materials ordered. Th. mate
rials that he does not us. on on. hous.
he can use on the next one, for he Is In
business for a lifetime. Th. final conclu
sion Is that It la cheaper to let th. contract
for the entire house, except the heating
and plumbing, which should b. l.t separata,
to one general contractor, after having
obtained his price through competition
with other contractors. He Is "th. man
who knows." He has paid for his knowl
edge In th school of experience and with
a properly prepared set of plans Is abl. to
carry on th. work In a systematto manner.
System always means economy. There Is
no line of business In which this Is mor.
tru. than In th. building business, where
so many different materials and so many
different men ar. brought together under
on. man's leadership, to accomplish th.
building of a horn. "Put all your eggs
In one basket, but watch that basket."
There are other economies to be consid
ered when th. home Is being planned be
fore the. matter of letting It to the con
tractor Is considered. If t:i. hous. Is ot
fianit) construction or brick veneer th.
height of the stories should be mad. so
that full length studding of sixteen, eight
een or twenty feet can be used without
cutting, and in laying out th. floor plans
care should be taken that the Joist all run
in on. direction bearing upon on. or two
I partitions, according to the size of th.
I houte, that extend through the center from
! the basement to th. attic. Wherever prac
Itltal th. partitions on th. second floor
I should be placed dlreotly over those on th.
j 1 lift floor, making th. studding two stories
high, thereby reducing the settlement of
the house through the shrinkage of th.
floor Joint and making It eaxler and cheaper
to cons.ruct. Wher. practical th rooms
should be made an odd number ot feet
PIuh two leches In th direction that the
Julst tun. For example: A room thirteen
feet two Inches wide can be spanned by
fourteen feet floor Joist. If the room were
made thirteen feet six Inches wide sixteen
feet floor Joist would hav. to be used, with
nearly a foot and a haif at the end of each
Julst going to waate, for floor Joist can
only be obtulned an even number of feet
In length, except wher. such lengths aj
(van and nine feet ar. required, which
can be obtained by outtlng Jolct fourteen
feet, eighteen feet, etc., In two. Aa few
angle should be mad. In th. oucsld. walls
as possible, for turning corners cos l
money, especially In th. roof. While ston
always looks better than cement, a saving
can be mad. In th. sills, lintels, water table,
etc., In a house of masonry construction by
having them mad. of cement cast In forms
and reinforced with rods. If this I. don.
properly th. dlffer.no. can hardly b. de
tected between th. r.mrnt product and
Bedford sandston. and th. former la very
durabl. w hen properly made.
Good effect can be had for Interior fin
ish on Inexpensive woods If a ear.fj)
painter Is obtained. Take for .xsjnple,
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Room No. 406 has a south and west front, is 19Mx
26V1 feet in dimension, and is so partitioned as to make
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We offer for rent the building located at 914 Farnam
street, which is a one story and basement building. Di
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"th and Farnam Sti.
dark mahogany, and straight Brained
Washington fir to Imltat. Mission oak.
Thay can hardly b. distlng-ulsht d trom the
genuln. wood. It Is poor economy and, In
fact, not .oonomy In th. long run to try
and .conomlae by uslnf little cem.nt and
mor aand In the foundation. Inferior
grades of paint on th. outside, cheap var
nish on th. Inside finish, pin. floor In
stead of hard wood. th. ch.apest heating
plant In th. market Instead of a pood hot
air or hot water system, th. cheapest
grade of plumbing, .tc. While a trial
many minor matters might b. mentioned
wherein a home builder could economise
while having his plana and specifications
prepared, th. advlo. given In this entire
article might b. summed up In on. sen
tence: Engag. th. services of a comp.t-nt
architect. H. makes a special study of
these matters, sine, his reputation de
pends entirely upon tha manner In which
he serves his clients- Intere.ta. It la his
business to coir par. th. sit. of a home
with th. amount a man desires to Invest
and apply atrlct economy wherever practi
cal. An archlt.ot cannot, however, en
tirely control th. coat of a hous. When a
horn, builder want, a hous. of a certain
style, wlttt certain thing en th. Inside
and outside, he should expect to pay for
those things and not expect his home to
cost no mor. than a hous. one-third
smaller and not finished as elaborate In
detail as h. would hav. his own. System
Is th. word. When constructing a home
or building It should b. applied from th.
first to th. last.
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