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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:14:18 GMT

Compact local home old-fashioned, yet modern

“It’s amazing,” says homeowner Claire Arbogast, regarding the green and white house that she has lived in only because January. “Sometimes it feels as if I was meant to become here.”

The compact home, constructed in 2005, was the first infill house built under the West Kirkwood Plan. The strategy was drawn up by architects Marc Cornett and James Rosenbarger, and also the house was designed by Cornett with input in the city of Bloomington, the Prospect Hill Community Association and the Near West Neighborhood Association. But the home suits Claire’s wishes so perfectly that it could have been custom-designed specifically for her.

With two bedrooms, 1-1/2 bathrooms and only 1036 feet, the home was created to appear like a classic Arts and Crafts cottage. It is similar in style and construction to the bungalows of the new South Dunn Street development (architect Marc Cornett drew up preliminary designs for those houses as well).<br> With exposed rafter ends, a front porch complete with swing, and a handsome staircase, it has the really feel of an old house.

“Originally it had been supposed to become a a lot larger home,” Claire explained. “The community association filed petitions objecting towards the scale of the home, how it wasn’t appropriate for the neighborhood. They had been afraid it was going to become a rental, and concerned about parking.”

As a result, the home as it had been eventually built blends in completely using the existing old homes of Prospect Hill.

“I’ve lived in three vintage houses, one of them over one hundred many years old,” Claire observed. “I’m just not interested any much more with struggling with the fragile, vulnerable, crumbling infrastructures in these old houses. This house has the character of an outdated house however the efficiency of a brand new home. It is a combination of traditional bungalow architecture and modern day simplicity.”

The primary floor has an open floor plan with a combined residing room/dining room and a large kitchen area having a wide breakfast bar between it and also the dining region; a hallway leads back to the half bath, utility room and rear door. Upstairs are two bedrooms with closets inserted beneath the sloping roof, and the bathroom. The previous owners added French doors within the wall from the dining area and constructed a deck outside, thus creating an outdoor space that Claire enjoys very much.

Like the houses on South Dunn Street, the home is highly energy-efficient, built with 2 x 6 studs to accommodate extra insulation.

“My utility costs in February, for everything combined, had been about $100,” Claire noted. “And it gets lots of light within the winter; it floods with sunlight.”

She moved to this home from a much bigger country home that had a two-acre garden. When she first toured this home with her realtor, she liked it really a lot but had reservations about its little size.

“I believed ‘no way, I couldn’t possibly fit in there,’” she remembered.

But by experimenting having a computer program that allowed her to make templates for her furniture and move them close to inside the floor plan from the new home (see http://roomplanner.icovia.com/thebrick/resources/icovia.aspx), she saw that it will be feasible to downsize and still maintain the things that were most essential to her. Her excess belongings were sold off at auction.

“Space is really at a premium in a house like this,” she pointed out. “But I do not miss my points whatsoever. My existence is so much simpler without them. It is like sailing: on a sailboat, everything is in its place, and you always know where something is.”

As evidence of great design, although the house is compact it doesn’t really feel cramped whatsoever. Ceilings are high and also the kitchen area is roomy and ergonomic. The open space above the breakfast bar admits light and unites the kitchen area area using the adjacent dining and residing areas.

“I adore to cook and I was delighted to discover a big modern kitchen like this,” Claire mentioned appreciatively.

The great deal close to the house is tiny. The back wall of the house is possibly three feet from the rear fence; the side yards are 15 or 20 feet in the home. Claire wondered if she would miss the big garden she was leaving behind, which had kept her continuously weeding, harvesting and canning, but so far she’s been very happy with her small lot.

“When I go out for a stroll, and pass people’s lilacs and flowers, I imagine I’m in my old two-acre back garden, but I don’t have to take care of any of it!” She laughed. “Nowadays I get my gardening all done in half an hour.” Claire has leveled the sloping lot at the side, re-set the sagging back garden shed, and installed starts of perennials that will spread within the next couple years to produce an old-fashioned cottage garden.

One of the biggest plusses about the house is its selection location in Prospect Hill, only a few blocks southwest of the courthouse square.

“I can walk to Bloomingfoods Near West for lunch,” Claire mentioned. “And I can stroll downtown. My carbon footprint has dropped enormously. I do not even know the price of gas per gallon, I drive so small. And the individuals in this neighborhood are so friendly! It’s just delightful. I know all my neighbors.”

Claire feels completely at house in her new home. She didn’t even have to repaint when she moved in.

“Look at how the paint colors match my stuff!” she chuckled. “Who would have thought?”

Searching up at her home from the side yard, Claire mentioned “The home FEELS great. It feels wonderful. There isn’t a space I do not enjoy sitting in. There’s not a sight line I don’t like.”

She completed, “It’s like a sanctuary. It illuminates my life.”

Source: Herald Times Online


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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:11:39 GMT

Gardening by the sea

I’ve spent the weekend searching for a bungalow in Whitstable – not a phrase I ever imagined I’d utter – but within the lookup for a reasonably sized back garden, a bungalow appears the only answer. All of the greatest places have been colonised by the first wave of gardeners. How I covet their old fishermen’s cottages and their beachfront plots. Walking along the seafront on a windy day, I got tantalising Old Country House Plans glimpses into tiny gardens, brief images, prior to I looked away, not wanting to pry. About the roadside, trying to match backs to fronts, I knocked about the door of a ideal small Georgian home, and met Georgina Jenkins, a passionate gardener, who moved to Whitstable from London 10 many years ago and opened a stylish guesthouse just 20 metres from the seaside (www.copelandhouse.co.uk).

Even though frantically busy with her morning chores, she took the time to show me her plants: a felix palm bought from Columbia Road market, which made the trip down with her inside a pot, and now flourishes in the sand and shingle; healthy-looking potted pomegranates, chillies, and oranges; a mature robust Pittosporum tobira, salt tolerant and scented, much admired through the streams of passers-by; along with a perfect rosemary hedge bounding one region from another within the arrangement of garden rooms. The whole is united by Georgina’s subtle use of colour, greys, blues and greens; by old timber groins, originally purchased for £1 a metre, interspaced with gravel and pebbles, and by a general fertility resulting in enormous growth. These gardens were tiny fishermen’s yards – sand-based but benefiting maybe from blood, fish and bone, the soil drains freely and regular watering is really a must. Even though frosts are rare, Georgina’s gigantic cordylines, phormiums, ferns and figs are sometimes damaged by scorching from easterly windburn, but rarely cut back in the winter. If the sea wall shelter fails, they come back doubly the following year.

I left with an introduction to near neighbour, art teacher Barbara Gilbert, who has recently designed a stunning new garden inspired by visits to New Zealand. Again utilizing timber from old groins in the seashore, she has built a fabulous eating-out area having a monolithic table, sheltered from the sun by a sailcloth awning, next to some enormous raised bed, house to clipped eucalyptus and olive trees, and scented with lavender, fennel and sage. Only roses fail to flourish, so jasmine and vines criss-cross her wooden structures.

Barbara’s family have always had connections using the area and moved here from London having been bombed out throughout the war. She originally owned a little yard, but was able to purchase this garden fronting the seaside from a builder four years ago. Snug in between them is really a small piece of land housing two beach huts, currently up for sale for offers over £125,000!

A go to to artist Carol Grace’s back garden, several doors down, shows a more ethereal face among the sturdy grey groin structures and architectural plants – a perfect suntrap, out of the wind, featuring a circular central bed using the solution for fast-drying soil: a covering of white pebbles. I was heartened to see salads inside a raised vegetable bed, with sweet peas along with a cordoned apple. Flowering tamarisk, Miss Wilmott’s ghost and Romneya coulteri soften the garden’s edges and lead on to a trellised area echoing the circular motif and covered with fruiting passionflowers, via to some table having a view on the beach.

I envy these gardeners. My personal search for any larger (and cheaper plot) is floundering and has gradually led me away from Whitstable and its whispered Fifties south London gangster connections, along the coast to Tankerton with larger plots, laid out in the Thirties by the Quakers. Perhaps a home and back garden with the nonconformists and a beach hut among the fishers, with just a bike ride in in between?

As I write my notes about the train house to Suffolk, on the backs of agents’ particulars featuring mean jerry-built bungalows, bringing back not entirely happy memories of holidays in Sandbanks, I realise perhaps I have to go back towards the drawing board with my plans and rent.

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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:08:57 GMT

Historic status sought for Kensington Cabin

In its almost 80-year lifetime, the Kensington Cabin has served numerous purposes.

Created as the keystone of Kensington Cabin Park, the rustic one-story log cabin was produced through the Civil Functions Ad ministration, an arm of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, in 1934 to help maintain open space in a fast-developing Montgomery County and serve as a recreation center for Kensington residents.

Since that time, the building may be utilized as a community center, a park welcome center, a staging ground for neighborhood events and a meeting house for civic organizations. But since 1991, it may be closed to public use, waiting for funding that never came.

"The constructing itself may be very well taken care of, but when there wasn't any money behind it, it was mothballed," said Clare Lise Kelly, a planner for the Historic Preservation Section from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. "It's just been waiting right here."

This month, the Kensington Historical Society nominated the building, which sits along Kensington Parkway, for designation as a historic site on the county's Master Plan for Historic Preservation -- a move the group says will keep the cabin intact until funding could be discovered.

"When they first boarded it up, the town and also the historic society got with each other to take up a collection and put plans together for [the cabin] but they just in no way moved forward," mentioned Julie O'Malley, president of the historical culture. "We think now it is suitable to get it designated to ensure it's preserved."

Owned through the commission's Department of Parks, the cabin was one of its first recreational projects and the oldest existing example of "parkitecture" -- buildings produced to appear pastoral -- left in Montgomery, said society member Jennifer Gurney. It was built to look rustic, to look like a log cabin, to maintain with the outdoor feeling of a park," she mentioned.

The commission has no plans to fund any projects that would put the building into immediate use but intends to continue maintaining it until money could be allocated for it, Kelly said. The department doesn't have the funds to maintain personnel in the cabin full time, she said.

A price estimate was not obtainable.

"It takes a lot to keep something like [this] open; you'd require to maintain someone right here all the time," she said.

The cabin's future always has been secured by volunteers and local agencies, the Parks Department's Jamie Kuhns said inside a speech towards the culture last year. He noted that the project was abandoned through the Civil Works Administration following the very first week of construction and completed through the Parks Department in the behest of local officials.

The group's application was to be considered by the county's Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday. If approved, Kelly said, county constructing codes would need that the historic architecture be maintained throughout the life from the cabin.

Source: The Washington Post


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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 15:59:51 GMT

Cleveland tackling ways to preserve Fletcher spring house with little cost

Whilst Bradley County federal government busies itself to preserve the old John Ross Cabin, municipal counterparts in Cleveland Town federal government are doing the same with two of their personal pieces of history — the Cherokee Chieftain along with a hidden icon that has flown below the radar of public attention for many years, the old spring house at Fletcher Playground.

The Chieftain’s restoration is progressing.

A week ago, a Department of Public Functions crew freed the professionally sculpted oak statue from its 24-year resting location at Johnston Park in preparation for moving it to a new house on the front lawn in the Museum Center at Five Points.

Following a chemical remedy, it is expected to be relocated to the museum next week, according to Tommy Myers, director of public works.

Progress about the Fletcher Playground spring home is obtaining below way.

Cleveland City Council has discussed preserving the springtime home for years, dating back to shortly following the sprawling 70-acre playground was donated towards the town by the late Leonard and Agnes Fletcher. The land donation came on the condition that city leaders preserve the land like a passive park (one that's mostly just green space); the Fletchers even placed $350,000 inside a trust fund to aid develop the playground.

More than a period of years beginning within the early 2000s, the town utilized trust fund money, along with a series of matching grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, as well as private donations, to continue the park’s improvement.

Progress tailed off the last couple of many years when spending budget crunches hit local, point out and federal governments.

Still, town leaders in no way lost sight of their interest in preserving the springtime house.

More than the past few months, City Council received a spending budget estimate from Linked Architectural Services on projected expenses of restoring the two-story brick framework, as well as building an access walk and sitting area.

Total price is more than $61,000, but Councilman David May for that past couple of weeks has prodded town staff and his peers to a minimum of take action to stabilize the aging framework to avoid further deterioration. Last week, Might reported to the Council he had met with a group interested in helping to restore the structure.

The councilman mentioned he is working with staff for example Urban Forester Dan Hartman and Patti Pettit, parks and recreation director, too as representatives from Middle Tennessee Point out University and also the Southeast Tennessee Improvement District to come up with ideas on what requirements to be done.

May mentioned when the visitors first viewed the springtime home, “ .<br>.. They were shocked when they saw the creating.” He mentioned they're “really excited” about its potential.

Might mentioned the group is obtaining estimates on brickwork which he mentioned should not be what he termed “major money.”

The councilman mentioned local merchants are also being approached and some are showing an interest in donating materials for the restoration. Private donations may also help with the project.

“For minimum money, we can get it done,” May told the Council last week. “They (visiting consultants) created a couple of recommendations.”

The councilman added, “I’m very enthused about this.”

Authentic cost estimates for refurbishing the spring house which all but halted its recent improvement came in at $32,100 for that structure’s restoration and $29,000 for the access walk and sitting region. May’s plan to stabilize the structure is anticipated to cost a fraction of that quantity.

In mid-July, May acknowledged, “I know there is no money now, but we hope there might be some donations to help shore it up until restoration operate (can) be done later.”

The historic springtime home is thought to pre-date the Civil War. Newspaper archives show it could go as far back again as the middle of the 19th century.

According to Wikipedia, a spring home — also spelled springhouse — is a “ ... little creating used for refrigeration once frequently discovered in rural areas prior to the advent of electric refrigeration.”

The Internet-based description adds, “It (springtime home) is usually a one-room creating constructed more than the source of a springtime. The water of the springtime maintains a constant cool temperature inside the spring home throughout the year. In settings exactly where no organic springtime is obtainable, another source of organic running water, such as a small creek or diverted portion of a larger creek, might be used. The main use of a springtime house is for the long-term storage of food that would otherwise spoil, for example meat, fruit or dairy products.”

In the park’s early development, Fletcher Playground Advisory Board members agreed that as soon as restored, the springtime house had the potential for becoming a key attraction to the playground.

The original Fletcher land was utilized like a farm and plant nursery before becoming handed over to the city years ago.

According to the “The Background of Bradley County,” written through the Background Committee of the Bradley County Chapter from the East Tennessee Historical Society, and edited through the late Roy G. Lillard and Dr. William R. Snell, Andrew J. Fletcher Sr. had served within the state senate and was secretary of state for Tennessee from 1865 to 1870 prior to coming to Cleveland.

Cites the book, “He then purchased a farm near Cleveland and settled down for the practice of his profession.” Fletcher Sr. had been born in Carter County on June 21, 1820. According towards the publication, he was “ ...<br> descended from Revolutionary stock, his grandfather having lost his life in the battle of Brandywine.”

Andrew J. Fletcher Jr. was born in Greene County on March 11, 1861, and accompanied his parents — A.J. Fletcher and Emma Hickey Fletcher — to Bradley County. He was elected county court clerk in 1886 and re-elected in 1890. In August 1894, he was elected district attorney general, a position he served in for 16 many years.

Given as a gift towards the city in 1974 by Hungarian refugee Peter “Wolf” Toth to honor Native American heritage, the Cherokee Chieftain will be provided its fourth home in 36 years once its museum pedestal is completed. Its authentic house was a rooted lightning-damaged oak tree along the back again property line from the Parker Street estate of the late Robert Card Sr. from exactly where Toth carved it into the Cherokee image.

Card’s daughter, Amy Card-Lillios, now resides at the Georgian colonial family home. She may be the granddaughter of the late C.C. Card, owner of the authentic Ford dealership in Cleveland. She is the mother of Cleveland businessman Nicholas Lillios, former president and present board member of MainStreet Cleveland and also the museum.

After digging up the sculpted tree, town crews positioned it about the front lawn of what was then the primary branch from the Cleveland Bradley Public Library. It's now the library’s History Branch.

When library officials needed extra parking, the Chieftain was moved once again — but not prior to its rotting interior was hollowed out and restored by nearby woodworker Dwight Jenkins. The statue was dunked inside a wood-preserving treatment at a Conasauga lumber mill and relocated in 1986 to Johnson Park, exactly where it remained till final Monday.

Shortly after its removal towards the downtown playground, the Chieftain’s exterior was carefully restored by Toth, who returned to Cleveland with his wife, Cathy, for a number of days’ worth of statue refurbishment. It was rededicated to the town on Toth’s final day.

The statue is now becoming chemically treated again before its placement at the museum. A brick mason was scheduled to begin work about the new pedestal Monday.

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