Auburn Lumber Co. Loomis Lumber Co. Auburn Colfax Loomis Woodland Lumber Co. Woodland Davis Lumber Co. Dixon Lumber Co. Davis Dixon All Kinds of Building Materisds Our Front Cover Home ''The Ridgeland'' Above is a glimpse of the Hall in our Front Cover Home. The floor plans below show this to be a very wonderful and large hall in this beautiful six-room home. COLORPLATE R-I ''Home Is Pf^here the Heart Is'' — An old saying- and a true one ; and in these rest- less times when the children, and the g^rown-ups too, seem beset with the idea of getting away, it is urgently needed that we stop and analyze this heart appeal and see what it is that a dwelling house needs and must have to hold the hearts of its oc- cupants, and make of it a real home. Loving care is what a genuine home has which few rented houses enjoy —loving care which plans and prunes and paints — which keeps things picked up and in order so that a real restfulness can per- vade the entire place. You see it in old homes and new homes. Loving care is watering and tend- ing, planning new decora- tive schemes for the in- terior and arranging new comforts in furnishings. Home is where you can b e thoroughly comfort- able and at ease. We believe that the home-maker should start with a good house plan, an attractive design, for then the home-maker's art has its chance to bring forth its finest results. We are here to serve the home-builders and home-makers of this com- munity and have gotten together this very useful collection of well designed home plans which show both ideas for exterior de- sign and also modern ten- dencies in furnishings and interior decorations. • Complete working drawings are available from which any of these modern homes as illus- trated can be built or if changes are desired, con- sult with your architect or other building advisor or come to us for special plan service. We want to help you make this a community of real homes. Pat. March 15. 1921 and Sept. 30. 1924. Oopyrl«ht 1928. Wm. A. Radford, Chicago. COLORPLATE R-II Household Hints for WOMEN Canning in My Oven By Doris W. McCray IF you need a new canning outfit— try your oven. It rivals the wash boiler, the steamer and the pressure cooker. The only point to oven can- ning is that the temperature must be controlled. You couIdn[t expect to have one ovenful of fruit cooked at twice as high temperature as the next ovenful, A variation of say, ten degrees is allowable, and the fruit will still be firm, well shaped and thor- oughly cooked, but the oven must be watched carefully. This summer I am fortunate in hav- ing a new stove with heat regulator. All I have to do is set the red wheel, and the oven is automatically kept at an even temperature. When it has reached 250 degrees, the regulator turns down the gas. It may go en- tirely out, but the pilot light still burns ready to light up the gas when the oven threatens to become too. cool. The temperature is kept per- fectly even with no thought on my part. Last summer I did oven canning with a small portable thermometer placed near the front on the bottom shelf of the oven. When I opened the door to look at the thermometer I was careful to have the kitchen door closed, so that there would be no breeze of cold air to strike the jars and crack them. This type of ther- mometer is best with a kerosene stove. With your coal and wood range you probably have an oven door ther mometer. From experience in baking : you know whether it is in working order. Such thermometers are worked by springs, and with the jarring of the door, become inaccurate or quit working entirely, but if yours is new, you may watch it, and stoke the fire accordingly. A slightly higher teni- perature does not really hurt the fruit as it is being processed, nor a lower temperature for a few minutes, if you make due allowance for this fluctua- tion. But it is simpler to try to keep the oven right at the 250 mark. A portable oven for a kerosene stove may be fitted with a thermome- ter by having a hole bored in the top, cork inserted with hole in it, holding a long chemical thermometer W,hich may be read from the top without opening the oven door. This is rather easily broken, but for a small oven is much easier than constantly open- ing the door to see a portable ther- mometer on the floor. Whatever your method of measur- ing temperature, be accurate. My heat regulator certainly is a joy, as I go ahead with preparing my fruit with never a worry about the oven. Then when the time is up — I can set the alarm if I am absent-minded — the jars are lifted, using a duplex fork, or holders, the seal completed by screw- ing down tops, or lowering wire bale on glass tops, the jars are inverted upon a tea towel or paper spread on the table. They are put into a cool place, but protected from draughts. Fruits are cleaned, graded for color, size and degree of ripeness, and pared or seeded and packed immediately in- to the clean jar, before having tirne to turn dark from exposure to the air, and covered with syrup. The jar rub- ber is already in place, the lids having been fitted and tested. The lid is adjusted, half sealed as for ordinary cold pack canning. The jar is then l^^S^Kt: -«;;;■: ■ - CM LM -l'. Vr placed in the oven. It is best not to open the oven door too often, so you probably will wait till three or four jars are ready to put in. Fruits are processed at 250 de- grees, one hour for quarts, 40 minutes for pints. Pineapple may need ten minutes longer. Tomatoes are al- lowed the same time as fruits. Then lower rack is left in the oven, to allow about an inch below the jars for circulation of the hot air. Vegetables are canned in the same manner as fruits, testing jars, topst and rubbers, cleaning the vegetables, _ blanching, cold dipping, packing jars, covering with boiling water and one level teaspoonful salt to the quart. After the full time of processing, the jars are removed from the oven, sealed, labeled and stored in a cool dark place. The green vegetables, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, green pep- pers, cauliflower, beet tops, spinach and greens, are steamed ten minutes in a wire basket or cheese cloth bag, dipped into cold water and out again, to cool so that they may be handled to pack. Fill jar, cover with boiling water, add salt, half seal and process two hours; only one hour for cauli- flower. Do not fill jars too full of vegetables. Pints are safest for vege- tables ordinarily, but quarts may be canned successfully when as high a temperature as 250 is employed by use of the oven. That makes process- ing safer than the use of hot water bath with its temperature of only 212. Peas, lima beans and string beans are scalded five to ten minutes, cold dipped and packed. Handle only enough for about three jars at once, as the temperature after the cold dip is most favorable to the development of the bacteria causing flat sour. Process four hours at 250°, except string beans only three hours. The root vegetables, beets, carrots, parsnips and salsify are cleaned well and cooked long enough to loosen the skin, about five minutes, cold dip and slip oflf the skin. Pack loosely as these do not shrink much during processing. Allow an hour and a half. Sweet peppers are scalded five minutes, skinned if you like, proc- essed two hours. Pumpkin and squash are usually cooked down to a thick pulp ready for pies, adding sugar and salt. Fill jars and process two hours. COLORPLATE R-TII / REC-HaU| \ mmmm "ui — ■ -WUviNGi DlNINfiRHV'"'"^^ First fLooR OecoND Floor The RADIUM AN English cottage of six rooms, sun parlor and bath, 26 feet wide by 30 feet in depth, not counting the sun porch which projects 9 feet. The steep lines of the roof, the half timber paneling and stucco in the entrance gable and the quaint chimney give this house its distinctly English appearance. The interior is ar- ranged in a very satisfactory way with no wasted space. Color sketch to left shows a rich paneled treatment for the dining room with a glimpse through the French doors to the living room fireplace. Below is a vine arbor for the home grounds. ', 'vi'^ ■ - ... COLORPLATE R-IV The RIO GRANDE HERE is a beautiful Spanish home with six rooms and two baths. The width across the front is only 28 feet though if the building site permits, the garage gateway and the arched passageway to the left can be added, greatly increasing the width and impressiveness of this design. The floor plan is very clever. Color sketch to left shows how the bathrooms are finished in opal glass tiling to the top of the doors. COLORPLATE R-V The RADCLIFFE HERE is a Colonial home that is different — made so hy the unusual gabled dormer. This house lias six rooms and two baths, besides the big sun porch opening from the dining room. An abundance of closet space is provided both upstairs and down. Color sketch to right shows the sun porch as viewed from the dining room. C'OI.ORPI ATE K yi TWO old-tiniL' Colonial interiors — ■ al)ovc. a dining room with a quaint stair landing: below, a bed- room with canopy bed. ('ni.oKl'l.AlH R-\ II COLONIAL style in ciUrance hall and living room. Tlicse photo- graphs are rich in suggestions for Colonial finish and furnishings. COLORPLATE R-VIH The ROCHESTER A FRENCH cottage in rough troweled stucco 30 by 32 feet, containing five rooms and batli. The ex- terior is delightful in its simplicity and the charm of good designing is carried right inside to the straight- forward, comfortable interior. Color sketch to left shows furnishings for one of the bedrooms. ■i - COLORPLATE R-IX The RAVENNA A WELL constructed Dutch Colonial home of stucco on tile with exposed ornamental hrick work for the lirst story, and wide siding and a colorful roof above. The floor plan, as illustrated, is very interesting with central stair hall, living room, dining room, sun porch and kitchen downstairs and three large bedrooms and two baths upstairs. The front bedroom with dou- ble alcoves and doors opening onto two balconies is especially attractive. Color sketch to right shows fire- place treatment and furnisliings for the big living room. :™| m i iii i m i. H I Living Ra\- s i *Zr,\)u l2'-l"x lo'-o" I Ransp m Pima 3t.C0HU-fL<JDQ Th& REVERE BELOW is illustrated a charming little Colo- nial cottage of four rooms but with five- room efficiency. The space-saving bed swings out of its closet and into the living room when occasion requires. (Above) The, REYNOLDS PERSPECTIVE view and floor plan directly above show this charming little five-room cottage. Size 24 by 28 feet. The closet bed and bathroom on the first floor, opening from the living room, give this design six-room effi- ciency. ^^'-6?" Jaj). Bep-Rm icf-ox u-o" Floor -Plan C0I.0RPI.ATE R-XII The RICHFIELD ERE is a substantial brick residence of the square hip-roof type, 26 feet wide by 34 feet deep. Within these main lines of the liousc arc contained the seven rooms and then there arc projections front and rear on the first floor to accommodate the sun porcli and the rear entry. Color sketch to left gives a glimpse of the living room looking through toward the sun parlor, and below is an attractive pergola gateway and ^? screen for the back door. COLORPLATE R-XIII The ROSEMONT AVERY interesting design for a corner lot. The living room and the kitchen are in the same end of the plan and this rather unusual placing works out very satisfactorily. The dining room and the big sun porch have the other end of the rectangle, and upstairs there are three big bedrooms and a large bathroom be- sides plenty of closets. Color sketch to right shows the sun porch provided with wicker furniture and summery curtains at the casement windows. COLORPLATE R-X\' Front Lawns and Shrubbery Put the house well back from the street and develop the ap- proach with green grass and growing plants and whether the home is large or small the effect is delightful and inviting. ^^f^— > COLORPLATE R-X\'I The REGENT HERE is a typical English design in stucco, contain- ing six rooms and bath. Size on the ground 24 by 32 feet. The tloor plan, as illustrated, shows the very ideal arrangement and the color sketch to left gives an idea for furnishing the front bedroom in old Colonial style. COLORPLATE R-XVIT The RALEIGH HERE is a perfect example of the straiglit gable Colonial, green slnitters and all. Notice tlie over- hang ot" the secnnd story — a favorite device of our Colonial forefathers. 1 hi.s is an economical, narrow lot design. Size 22 feet wide by 35 feet deep. Six well arranged rooms are provided. Color sketch to right shows the handy sewing alcove, a part of the upper hall. ^^^ COLORPLATE R-XVIII The ROCKFORD ROUGH brick work full of character, combined with stone and stucco, set the style for this design. The oriel window and the other casement windows add to the English effect. The floor plan reveals six very well arranged rooms. Color sketch to left shows the paneled dining room. i COLORPLATE R-XIX CHILDRENS PAGE ^ Boxes for Porch and Window Plants SOME garden lovers use boxes for porch and window gardens, but such containers are seldom if ever of correct proportions, and to alter them is about as much work as to build boxes from the bottom up of boards purchased at the local lum- ber yard. If you use a grocery box, you can hide its identity by stripping its sides and ends with lattice strips or laths, as shown in Fig. 1 and de- scribed below. But it is assumed that you will prefer to build your box of new lumber, so the width and depth dimensions are given in the cross-sec- tion of Fig. 2. This detail shows a box of stock ^ inch thick, with sides and ends of 8-inch boards and bot- tom of a 10-inch board. The balus- trade or window sill the box is to occupy will determine the length; in fact, it may govern the width. By fitting the bottom board between the sides and ends, instead of lapping it as shown, you can make the box entire- the strips equidistantly. When the vertical strips have been nailed in place, nail the bottom horizontal strip around the sides and ends of the box on a line with the box bottom, then space the upper three bands at equal distances apart. Fasten the block marked D in Fig. 2 between the pro- jecting ends of the corner strips, to reinforce them for legs. A box with projecting bands like those on the box in Fig. 1 is difficult ly of 8-inch boards. This will de- crease the depth by the thickness of the bottom board, but this is not ob- jectionable. Indeed, I have built win- dow-sill boxes of 6-inch boards, with an inside depth of 5 inches, and found them satisfactory. After assembling the box, cut top- band strips A (Fig. 2) y% inch thick by \y% inches wide, cut the corner and intermediate vertical strips B y% inch thick by Y^ inch wide, and the hori- thick by Yi inch wide. Make the corner vertical strips long enough to project lYi inches below the box bot- tom for feet, and the inter- mediate strips B of the right length to project "^ inch be- low the box bottom. Space to paint after the parts are assembled. It is best to give the parts a coat of paint before assembling, then a sec- ond coat after the strips have been put on. A COLORPLATE R-XX Men's Pa^e Seasonable Suggestions THIS is the season of the year when the thoughts of owners of automobiles turn to garages. For a good weather-tight garage is just as essential as a state license and insur- ance. A well-constructed garage provides a place for the automobile to be stored and a workroom for the owner. A car worth from several hundred to several thousands of dollars is too valuable to be allowed to stay out in rain and snow, and while it is prac- tically impossible to make a garage thief-proof, an automobile standing out is an invitation to prowlers. The garage may be as simple or as elaborate as the owner desires. In either event it should conform to the architectural style of the home. A simple frame building, constructed of good materials and built so that it yvill exclude the weather serves a ma- jority of owners to house their cars. Plans for garages of all kinds are available at our office. No matter what type of garage is desired, we will be glad to supply plans and help the builder get the most for the money he has available. and are used as supports for grape- vines. NOTHING so enhances the attrac- tiveness of the home as a well- kept lawn and flower beds and gar- dens. What otherwise would be a plain house can be made pleasing by proper plantings. Shrubs about the porch and in the lawn, and especially where some spot should be concealed add much more to the value of the home than their cost. One of the most attractive of the perennial.s is a climbing rose. This is well suited for porch ends and sides. Trained over an attractive and grace- ful trellis, the climbing rose is a thing of beauty. Trellises are easy to build and the materials are not ex- pensive. We have some very excel- lent trellis designs that we will be glad to have our customers use. Some arc suited for roses and other climb- ers, while others are more elaborate SUMMER makes many home own- ers long for a sleeping porch, where rest may be secured with an abundance of fresh air and more com- fort than comes to those who sleep indoors. There are few homes of such archi- tectural design that a sleeping porch cannot be added and become, appar- ently, a part of the home. The com- fort that is derived from a sleeping porch more than repays for the small cost of the addition. This, too, is true of a porch added to those homes that have not this modern feature. Adding either a porch or a sleep- ing porch should not be done in a haphazard manner. The style of the home to which the addition is to be made should be given careful consid- eration before the style of the porch is selected. In this selection we can be of service. In our office we have designs for all types of porches and sleeping porches. We will be glad to help in this selection and also fig- ure the cost of materials that are re- quired. . WINDOW and door screens not only make the home more com- fortable but keep out flies and other insects that are disease carriers. Every window should be screened, and screen doors hung at the door openings. When this inexpensive work has been done, the home can be ventilated without the annoyance that insects brings. IF you are planning to build a home this summer let us help you. We have many hundreds of home building suggestions that you are welcome to inspect and that will aid you in the planning of the home, both in the in- terior arrangement and the exterior appearance. ,M^!l. A Living Room Library with fAWfi^ Ine bimplicity of an Earlier Age PERHAPS as a corrective for the rush and tumult, the complexity of our mod- ern mechanical age, there is a strong tend- ency toward a simplicity in the decoration of homes and apartments that is almost primitive. The arch openings hung w^ith curtains go back to the time before doors and hardware were invented. The open book shelves are the straight-forward idea of the early housewife for taking care of her dishes, small household articles and the small but rare collection of books. There is something friendly and inviting in the living room of today handled in this old-time, medieval spirit. New homes are being planned in this style and many old homes are being remodeled to accomplish this newer and simpler style of interior decoration and furnishings. Sometimes we think of this style as ex- clusively for the Spanish or Italian type of exterior, but many are using it to excellent advantage with other styles of homes.