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.
BAILIWICK FOR BUSY BOYS
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.
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.
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.