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If Yard Small, A#ic Lacking Room to grow in is limited for most urban homeowners. Lot sizes and house floor plans often eliminate possibilities of tacking an addition on the side. Foundations generally won't support another level added on top of the existing one. Yet, as families grow, what can be done short of moving? Architect Clovis Heimsath, of Houston, Tex. designed an imaginative plan that eases the squeeze with a two-level "flying dormer" that provides play and study areas, as well as sleeping quarters for youngsters. Unlike other wing ad- ditions, this plan does not re- Low Ca Add Storage Searching for storage space in the bedroom? Consider a long, low bank of cabinets along a window wall. Thes~ may be w~ndow seat height or counter height, which- ever will add the most conveni- ence to the room. Inside shelves can accommodate a variety of item~---hats, bags or other acces- sories as well as larger objects. If space is fight and a narrow built-in is called for, ten or 12- inch boards of western pine make sturdy frames and shelv- ing. For wider units, use two boards; edge-glued material is on the market. Louvered doors are a popular choice. Adding louver bi - fold shutters for the window treat- ment will unify the area and give it a custom decorated look. THESE BUYS! From Sheet NOW AT DFALEIG COST! Many assorted types and sizes all number 1. Example: 2'6" Hollow Core Mahog- any. Reg. $20.65 SHELF GIPS Instant SheWes or Book Cases anywhere. Ready to Use. No hal|s, screws, tools or glue. ONLY SIDING STAIN All colors gallon 15 STORM DOORS ,95 NOW Olym c Hwy. S. SMm iiii ii quire expensive foundations. Es- sentially, it's a second-story bed- room addition at the rear of the house, built on posts. Above the bedroom is a play- loft and below a newly~covered outdoor living space for a deck or patio. Loft Yields 'Attic Fun' Upstairs, the first level's built- in beds sleep children dormitory style. Desks are built i~tto a stor- age/study wall that has many shelves and drawers for all the treasures kids accumulate. Above the study/s 1 e e p i n g area, the playloft is reached by a window ladder, where today's kids, living in a contemporary house, get all the "attic fun" of an earlier generation. Solid western wood is used throughout, because it can take all the abuse children can dish out, while creating a pleasant environment for active living. The bold exterior is sided in w e s t e r n wood rough - sawn tongue-and-groove siding. One of the beauties of this exterior is its ability to complement the other exterior material~ of a home--brick, stucco or more wood siding. Upkeep is minimal indoors and out. Stair Options Vary In the architect's plan, access to the flying dormer is provided by a stairway in the existing house. A prefabricated wood or metal spiral staircase could be used, or a new enclosed stair- well installed outside the exist- ing rear wall o[ the house. Contractors can recommend a suitable stair solution to fit a specific situation. A full-color illustrated booklet showing this loft room and four other ideas for home additions --master bedroom, garage con- version and living and study areas--is available from West- ern Wood Products Assn., Dept. 526-P, Yeon Bldg., Portland, Or. 97204. Enclose 25 cents in coin. Plans s h o w i n g elevations, views and floor layouts may be obtained for an additional 15 cents each. Exotic Ta Give your deck or patio an exotic aura with low "shokutak- us," or Japanese - style dining ' tables. Inexpensive to construct, they may also be padded for use as sunning cots. First step is to assemble a 4x6- or 4xS-foot frame of 12 - inch boards. Miter the corners and glue and nail the joints, using waterproof glue and galvanized nails. Then add an outer frame of l(~inch boards, placing it three inches above the bottom edge of the inner frame. Blind nail the four-foot lengths to the inner frame, then drill holes and dow- el the lengthwise members to them. Use boards that are six inches longer than those of the inner frame, so the ends project. Use an exterior grade of ply- wood for the cover, which will rest on the inner frame. Cover with canvas or other weather- resistant material. Western pine, red cedar or Douglas fir lumber is e a s i I y worked and durable for outdoor Use. Siding Patterns Lumber siding is m a d e in many patterns. It's available in b v e I e d, drop, tongue-and- groove, rustic and board-and- batten stylings, which are left rough-sawn or finished smooth. Exciting way to expand living space in home lacking both lot size and ability to carry second floor is to erect "flying dormer" containing playroom, study, sleeping space for youngsters. Framed and clad in western wood over sturdy posts, loft also prowdes new cover for pleasant outdoor patio. Exterior siding should blend with house. Garage Storage Storage space can he found in even the smallest garage. Build cupboards of western pine and suspend them from the ceiling joists against the back wall, above the car's hood. Doors will keep stored items from falling on the car. Convert Bed Give your bedroom new zing with a four-poster in contempor. art mood. Simple, inexpensive construction wil/ pay dividends in eye-appeal. Gay prints are the "new" look, and a four-poster and headboard covered in quilted material to match the bedspread will bring new life to a tired bedroom. You'll need 4x4-inch lumber for framing: four uprights to be firmly attached to the bed frame and four more for the top fram- ing. Toe-nail the four toprail pieces between the tops of the uprights, and then toe-nail a headboard frame between them at the head of the bed. Douglas fir or Ponderosa pine are easy woods to work with and will make a sturdy frame. As for the eye-appeal, measure the headboard~nd four-poster framing and btw~fficient quilt- ed material to cO~er them and make a matching bedspread. You may want to line the headboard with extra padding. The contemporary creed says the wilder the print, the more zing it will add to the room. Don't be afraid to mix patterns; most top designers are doing it with spectacular success. Cutaway sketch shows how loft In building, a header is not aF e n c e s are neighborly, if addition ties in with sta/rs ris- bad fall. It's a doubled-up fram- they're the right kind. Use wood ing inside existing house. Stairs ing member that spans a windowand a style that is equally hand- could be spiral type, or even be or door opening, some on either side. located under loft. Make sure the wiring of your home is in good health . . . that's its strong enough to do the job you're asking of it. Remember, you've probably added electrical servants since you had that wiring installed. Perhaps you're using larger bulbs in your lights. So you're asking the wiring in your home to carry a larger load than it once did. Be sure it's strong enough . . . that you have a large enough electrical entrance to your home . . . enough-wall outlets . . . enough switches. Healthy wiring helps you to carefree electric living. Check up on your wiring today. MASON COUNTY P.U.D. No. 3 Edwin Taylor, President Harold W. Parker, Vice ~esident Jack Cole, Secretary Jerry Samples, Manager "Keep Washinlton Clean, Page $-10 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday. March 18, 1971 SEE LOCAL YOUR for the materials, prices and help you want for your remodeling project Then See Your CREDIT UNION for your remodeling loan Simpson Employees" Federal Credit Union 5th & CeOar PHONE 426-1633 IN McCLEARY PHONE 495-3497 For A Home Improvement Your FIRST! e NEW PLUMBING ADD * BUILD A GARAGE e e Mason County Federal Credit Union 4th & Cedar PHONE 426-1601 Thursday, March 18, !971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-7