The Vintage Home #24: Popular Home Ideas 1964

It's March 1964.  JFK had been assassinated just five months ago, and The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan last month.  Things were about to change in your little crew-cut, Leave It to Beaver world... and, if the Wheelwright Lumber Company has anything to say about it, so will your home design.


Family togetherness is fine. But there's much to be said for individual privacy—especially in a large family with a couple of teenagers.

The Bob Lewises, who live in a spacious, rambling house in Hinsdale, Ill., are a large, closely knit group and have a lot of fun to­gether. But Steve, 14, and Jim, 13, longed for private "digs" all their own. They wanted a place to sleep, a quiet haven for study, a spot where they could pursue their many hobbies, a center where they could rough-house and make noise, and their own baili­wick for entertaining.

"Steve and Jim started the ball rolling," Bob Lewis recalls, "by setting up housekeep­ing on their own in the attic," an unfinished space used as a catch-all for castoffs. But it didn't take long for Dad to "get with it," and Bob decided to finish off the attic for the boys.

Grand Scale Comfort

Is what you get when you add one big, livable, multi-purpose room. Here, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schermerhorn of Charlotte, Vt., is such a room. Its generous space takes care of serious needs: a closet for coats, shelves for storage and books, a study corner for children's homework.

The big room's mood is light-hearted, achieved through the use of Yellow Delight and Spice Brown paint colors on the gypsum wallboard walls. Family and friends enjoy the fireplace, the big windows with changing seasons' views, the handsome wood floor.

If your family needs more space, here is proof of the wisdom in adding on and building big. You'll find many more good ideas in the lull-color booklet called Room Additions. Your free copy is ready and waiting at your Home Ideas Center.

Poodles belong in the living room

They're fluffy, white and peppy—add bounce to luxury living. Acoustical ceiling tiles belong there, too. Because that's where you want everything extra nice. But tiles soak up the bounce—noise, that is. They sound condition your living room since their surfaces absorb more than half the sound waves that hit them. So give your living room added luxury and comfort. Your lumber dealer has a large selection of patterns for you to choose from. Ceiling tiles are easy to apply yourself—probably the easiest of all do-it-yourself jobs. So better get at it. Especially if you own poodles. If there's one thing any self-respecting poodle can't put up with, it's a lot of noisy people.

An 80 Year Old House Takes on a KITCHEN BUILT FOR TODAY

This jet-modern kitchen, bright and shiny as a newly-minted coin, is contained in an 80-year-old house which Mr. and Mrs. Yandell Johnson, Little Rock, Ark., bought and divided into five apartments. The couple really put their collective imagination to work in the first-floor apartment they occupy.


  1. Before there were mancaves, there were bailiwicks and Garçonnières.

  2. voiceofthe70sMarch 17, 2016

    Something I notice in these illustrations and in many others like them from the era, is that whenever there is a view out a window it is a vast expanse of nothingness, as if the house is the only thing on a massive prairie. Or, if there are other houses in sight they appear to be miles away. It lends a surreal feel to the illustrations which I like.

    1. I never noticed that, but you are right. The house is isolated.

  3. And here's someone offering advice on acoustical ceiling tiles...