Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 01, 1912, Builders' Section, Image 21
0 THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: SEPTEMBER 1, 1912. 3-C Floors in Modern Homes By Arthur C. Clausen. Qt. "I" ?jq arch irucr .' rl lj 1 I ' ! ITT ' ' iu,p" nggsl 1 j , . J I UViiev Dlz-iiie J I B " 1 I I m 1 1 1 1 e j ,; i !,: -EE J j Pooch jl. P '" , B B jr " " t-iQsi- 1-Ljo, IW- I 1 -H"'p 'Dooz-s- kOl let. LU I ' 1 1 V Haul I ! iaVi-sT I r I , Pi HE first part of a home which PY" I begins to show th test of I I time and wear is the floors. than any other part of the in side of a home. The materials of which the floor Is composed and how It is laid therefore receive careful at tention. Most people know what thsy wast in the way of interior wood finish, such as ; ,doors and casings, but when it cmes to 'floors, but few have a preference and , with some of these few it is more a ' prejudice against some certan kind of , flooring than it Is a choice of some pr . ticular floor growing out of a knowledge i ' of all flooring In general. Many people ' blame the poor appearance of their floor ing when often it is not the fault of the flooring but the varnish used upon It. Some home builders pr.ovlde for a very expensive inlaid parquet flooring around the large rugs, while others act upon the I theory that the rugs covering so much ' of the floor It Is immaterial what kind j f' of fldoring Is used and put in the cheap- est hardwood floor that is presentable f regardless of how expensive the other L woodwork in the rooms may be. " The followlrlS kinds of wood are the most commonly used in most parts or the country: Quarter sawed white oak, straight grained white oak, quarter sawed red oak, straight grained red oak, maple In several qualities. Of all these different kinds the most handsome floor 1 Is a quarter sawed white oak, with 1 straight grained white oak as a, good substitute. Red oak is a very open grained wood, splinters easily and requires a great deal of care in handling the material while laying to prevent it becoming chip ped off at the corners and edges and for this reason it is hard to get a satisfactory red oak floor, although with proper care it can be done. All oak flooring require a little more attention than other kinds in the way of renewing. the finish. Maple tjs a very satisfactory floor, especially where U has to withstand a great deal of wear, such as in stores and factories. : J The better grades of maple flooring make njC a splendid floor throughout a home of moderate cost, . but maple being very f olose grained does not take varnish well ! and is more satisfactory when waxed than when varnished and for this reason it is used a great deal in ball Booms Birch takes a finish about the best of t any flooring known. The. varnish soaks Jt into it and holds well. Unselected birch has a rather variegated patched appear- ance, although when clear is a good quality. Selected red birch is the most satisfactory In appearance. Georgia pine MR. CLAUSEN'S BOOK "The Art, Solanoe and Sentiment of Homebuilding." Tilrty chapters, 300 Illustrations. It covers a wide rang of subjects, Including the planning of bunga lows, suburban and olty homes, ooitlng from 99,000 to 920,000, let ting contract, enooetng materials, proper design of ontranoa, win dows, fireplaces, etc. .. Vow third edition. Price, postpaid, 91.00. Address, Arthur 0. Clausen, Architect, 1136-37-38 lumber Ex change, Minneapolis, Minnesota. and fir are used a great deal in certain parts of the country and are quite sat isfactory for moderate and low cost houses. Cypress is also used to a mod erate extent and makes a handsome floor. When it comes to rooms entirely sep arated from these, such as the kitchen, pantry, servants' dining room, etc., these can be of different kinds of flooring aa desired to reduce the cost, or make more more practical for service purposes. When the woodwork Is the same throughout the rooms the following rule gives good results: With either white oak or red oak woodwork use white oak floor, either straight-grained or quarter sawed. With mahogany or red birch" woodwork use a red birch .floor. , - In rooms finished in maple, white enamel, unselected light birch or any very lignt finish, a white maple floor. In the second story rooms when it is desired to economise on the cost of un selected birch, Georgia pine or fir floor Is acceptable. Georgia pine and yellow pine is not good wearing floors and while they will do for second atory rooms should never be used for first story rooms. ' For the varnish nothing but the hlgheat quality of elastic floor varnish should be used. A good specification is to first give a coat of bleached linseed oil and then two good coats of high grade floor varnish, leaving at least f.orty-elght hours between each coat. The top sur face can be rubbed down to a dull finis or left in the gloss. The dull finish looks the best but does not wear as long. Under a microscope the dull finish looks like a plowed field and the ridges in it become crushed down or. worn off. Fory waxed floors it Is best, to first give a coat of jbleached linseed oil and then coat of good floor varnish before applying the wax finish. The wax finish Is one of the most satisfactory finla'hes for the floor In all parts of the home except the kitchen and bath room. It requires ro flnlshing every three or six months ac cording to wear, but th'is Is a simple operation, which anyone after one experi ence can easily perform. Never allow shellac to be put on a floor. It is too brittle for this purpose. . Editors 'Note-Next week will be pub lished the first Illustrated article in Mr. Clausen's new series on "Homes That Are Different," giving examples of homes that are designed for picturesque effect. -ilk4 j'.J i CLlIii1 lit :jf I I a I : i EITHER describe or prepare a rough sketch showing the number, location and approximate siie of the rooms fop your home. Then answer the following questions and mail to Home Build ers Department, The Bee, Omaha, Nb. Size and ' location of Lot? What .direction will house face? Coldest and warmest temperature? Size of House? Approximate Cost of House complete? Style of House preferred? Height of Stories? ' Exterior Wall of Stone, Brick, Cement, Siding or Shingles? Kind of Foundation? Style of Roof? Roof of Tile, Slate or Shingles? Style of Front Door? .' f.. Porch large or small and where located? Bay Windows in what rooms? T. Front Vestibule or not? j Sliding Doors between what rooms? . Columned Openings between what rooms? . Beamed Ceilings in what roons? I Pantry between dining room and kitchen, or Cupboards in kitchen?. . Sideboard built in or provided by owner? ; Plate Rail in dining room? J. ; Fireplaces in what room? Brick or. Tile Fireplaces? .;. Paneled Wainscoting, what rooms? '. Mirrors in Doors, where? Toilet Room on first floor or(basement? Laundry in basement? How many Bed Rooms? , Attic Stair or Scuttle to Attic? How many Rooms in Attic? Storm Sash, Doors and Screens? , Porch Screened or not? Plate Glass, where? Upper Sash divided or plain? i Art or Leaded Glass, where? Kind of Woodwork in all rooms? Kind of Wood Floors? Tile Floors, where? Plastering, rough or smooth? . Kind of Heating Plant? , Most Accessible Place for Coal Chute? Gaa Range or Coal Stove? City Water, Cistern or Well Water Supply? , Sewer in Street, or Cesspool? '. , Electric or Gas Light? Number in Family? How Many Servants? Name ..Occupation Street Number City state AMERICA'S BEST HOME CITY Omaha Standi Pre-Eminent in Beau tiful and Healthful Residences. Modern, Handsome Dining Room BOOMY APARTKQTS; NO SLUMS Famona Loadoa Times Give Promi nence to Omaha's Place Among Home rttlee of World and Stamp It Leader. ProapwUv home-bujld-ert and home furnishers will find The Bee tm im mense aid, The Home Builders' department has trranged with Arthur C. Clausen, the famous archl ' tect of Minneapolis, to give free information to all on the subject of building. Sir. Clausen will answer all building questions and will be pleased to hare letters of inquiry written In detail. The coupon on the builders' page may be used. Letters should be addressed to Home Builders' department, The Bee, Omaha. Visitors to Omaha are always Im pressed with the beauty of the city's home with the large yards and lawnp and with the general spaciousness and roomy condition of the city. They notice the absence of slums and tenements; they are attracted by the beautiful homes, the handsome apartments and the neat, modern cottages. 'They could gain no other impression of Omaha, for this city, with no exception has the largest num ber of neat, clean and attractive dwell ings of any city of the same size in the country. Philadelphia, known aa Ameri ca's home city, la a beautiful place, and the thousands of homes that adorn the residence sections gain the admiration of every one. But the Quaker City Is many times larger than Omaha and, for Its size, does not have as many beautiful residences and delightful living place as Omaha, the best residence city of 125,000 people In the United States. Fame Has Spread Far. The fame of Omaha aa a home city has spread beyond the boundaries of America, and the famous London Times, in its Issue of August 12, speaks of Omaha as "a city of beautiful homes" and adds: "There are no blots In the shape of slums. The homes of the working men, clerks, artisans and small tradesmen are neat and modern. The city has no so called tenements. It has a small pro portion of flats, and the large area of the town makes possible spacious lawns for the greater majority of houses. This Is one of the reasons why Omaha is third lowest among the. cities of the United States In mortality. The city, has a commission form of government, being one of the four cities of the United States with a population of more than' 100,000 with this form of government." If others see Omaha as a home city, It Is up to you to help keep this city lit this class by building substantial and at tractive residences. Apartment Now Popular, Twenty-five years ago an apartment house waa not considered the most desir able place. The private house was the chosen dwelling of then; who could af ford It. The changed attitude of Society toward the apartment house has caused the architectural profession to give more attention to this class of work than It formerly received. So the apartment houses are being built bigger and bigger, until numbers have been completed In New York costing well over Jl.000,000. Apartment houses will become more numerous as th city grows bigger not only actually, but relatively. It means increased ease of living on the same In come. Apartment houses, however, do not pay everywhere, but whtre t'ney do they are apt to be a profitable orm of In vestment. In response to a quickly developing and rapidly growing demand for apartment liouses In many of the choice residential sections of Brooklyn, builders are devot. Ing time, energy and money to the erec tion of buildings of this class. Last year was a record breaker for construction in this line, but the preeent season Is far ahead In its turn. Bnagalovrs Get Attention. So great has been the rlee in popularity rfwri , i 1 i 1 in i . 1 " - f . nMwu Tiff- wtftiMaapr w. p-r. m lJ,Hf' W I'll ,' ? i E$3 SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF TASTKFUL FURNISHINO. . This reproduction Is from a photograph of a modern American home showing the beautiful creations that have been produced in a dining room. This furnishing and decoration is an example of the kind done by the Miller, Stewart & Beaton company, department of Interior decoration. of the bungalow that architects and build ers throughout the country have been compelled to give it special attention. AH of the buildings called bungalows which have appeared In the various seashore and Inland country and permanent home sections are not strictly of the bungalow type, but are so called merely because they poMess a few features of the style of structure which has taken a stron? hold on the builders of small houses. Some of the most Intereitlng archi tectural competitions held recently called for plans for bungalows, and the designs submitted, while showing a wide variety of arrangements, give In many oases some of the most attractive Ideas any bungalow builder might desire. One of the largest of these competitions waa held recently by the National Fireprooflng company. Several hundred of the leading bungalow architects of the country sub' mltted designs. The buildings, comp'.ete In every respect, had to come within cost of S4,&"0, and the principal materials for walls had to be fireproof blocks. A Fittsburgh architect was awarded first prize for the design shown here. Many of the other plane had special ONE OF AMERICA'S MODEM APARTMENT HOUSES. mmmmammmmmmmmmmmmmmm BEAUTY IS ATTAINED BT USB OF HANDSOME BRICK. This beautiful building was constructed of hydraulic press brick, the kind sold by the Hydraulic Press Brick company, 330 Bee building, Omaha. This apart ment is located on Riverside Drive, at the north corner of Ninety-third street, New York City. The beauty of the structure attracts the attentlonef thous ands who pass along the famous drive. charms, but this met with the greatest approval because of the excellent ar rangement of the rooms and the econo mies In space. This house, the architect believes, can be erected for 30 cents a oublo foot. There are almost 10,000 euble feet In the building, which brings the cost Just below the specified 14,030. By items he has figured the expense of such a building aa follows: Excavating ,....$110 Natio hollow tile Plaster Lumber and carperTtl'.' Mill work Painting Klectrlo wiring Hardware Plumbing Hot air heating 1 Miscellaneous 72 .(. Scott ft Hill, SOT McCague building, are agents for a fine cement stone block resi dence, the one pictured on the builders' page. They give a full description of It In an advertisement below the half-tone. . Work on the foundation for the new fireproof storage of the Omaha Van and Storage company, Sixteenth and Leaven worth street, Is progressing rapidly. The fine brick residence of R- E. Sun derland Is tor sale, It was pictured on the builders' . page last week. Milton . Rogers A Sons company fur nished all the builders' hardware used In the construction of the Wo6dmen of the World building. The fine door plates, of Imported and domestic wall paper knobs, locks, etc., were designed and con structed by Sargent ft Co. for Milton Rogers ft Sons, exclusive agents for the is'argent people In this territory, The material which this Omaha firm sold for this structure Is 'among the best that could be had. During the present week the store Is making a special display of builders' hardware in Its show window, The National Fidelity and Casualty company reports a growth In business this summer. It is much better than last ysar. ... Many offices In the new State . Bank building, Seventeenth nd Harney streets, are being rented. W. H. Thomas, 601 First National Bank building, Is the ren tal agent. E. J. Davis. HIS Farnam street, has In creased his facilities for handling a heavy fall drsyage business. Home Builders Is having wonderful suc cess with Us co-operative home building plan. . Milton Rogers furnished the builders hardware for the new granite receiving! vault and crematory In the West Lawnj cemetery. This building is constructed of beautiful granite. It Is just about as solid' aa a building can be made. ' ' . , Beast? ta Decorating". The last but most Important detail In the completion of a new home Is the In-, terlor furnishing and decorating. It mat-' ters not whether the home Is a modernl cottage, or a mansion or fifty rooms, if the furnishing Is not In keeping with the1 house It Is not satisfactory. r In Millar, Stewart ft Beaton's depart, ment of interior decorating Is an expert artist of years' experience In house fur-! ntshlng, one who has made decorating a, Ufa study. Home lovers appreciate the advantage of having some one to advtsei Intelligently as to colors suitable for rugs,' wall decorations, draperies and styles ofi furniture that are most suitable for cer tain rooms. Miller, Stewart ft Beaton take special pains to keep In close touch with the newest and most original Ideas that are developed from time to time by the best) artists of this country and Europe, and are associated with artists In New TorkJ London and Paris who send designs andj sketches of the finest decorative work that is being executed In these cities at) the present time. This store's new line! shows a very Interesting selection of) clever designs and Ideas In all the newest! and best examples of the art of the wall paper designer. In frescoing, mural painting, Tiffany blended effects or root-j tied effects on canvas these decorators are excellent, ss they are directed by an artist of many ideas and great origlnalltyJ A card or telephone call will bring an t4 pert to visit you. Ths county commissioners are consld-s erlng a plan by which the material W the old Douglas county court house mayj be used to erect a new county hospital.' The Swedish Building association pro-) poses to erect a $35,000 club house on thej south side of Chicago street, between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Streets. 1 The Cudahy Packing plant at South Omaha will be enlarged, 1400,000 beingj spent In the work, which has beenj started. ' . 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