Avant-Garde Progression…………#115 (the 60’s)

2644 S.W. 46th Terrace

2644 S.W. 46th Terrace

   The fustigation was incessant,  the facade began to crumble,  the mortar no longer arresting its testament of record, its banishment would be conclusive.   It was acknowledged , communication was confirmed, the cardinal responsiveness secured,  the displacement would be resolved.   The removal of the brick veneer from the rear of  2644 S. W. 46th Terrace  having commenced,  Gary and Glenn,  the perpetrators of structural disintegration for a 14 x 28 addition.  The addition would provide for  a 14 x 16 patio sliding door adorned master bedroom and a  14 x 12 smaller bedroom, increasing the residences square footage by 448 sq. ft..   Gary also planning the removal of a wall separating the living room and the front master bedroom, allowing the front of the residence to encompass one large expanded living room.  Included for the front would be a counter level divided entryway on the east, a fireplace with an extended hearth on the west and the replacement of the backyard viewing dining room window with a glass sliding door opening to a patio.  With no  blue prints but his idea firmly embedded in head,  Gary approached the Contractors Desk at Cullen Lumber on Classen Blvd explaining his project, the dispatcher somewhat sceptical with the idea but receptive to a concept of asking  him to figure and deliver the necessary and proper amount of the material they would need as the project progressed.   The final obstacle of finance being over come, an open-end financial note was secured from Beneficial Saving and Loan,  a ball park estimate being given but the total amount unknown until completion,  Gary acknowledging this avant-garde progression.


The creative tools

   With the brick removal completed,  a call was placed to Dolese Ready Mix to determine the cost of a delivery for the concrete slab, but immediately discovering an unexpected problem, the cement  would have to be wheelbarreled to the back of the house.  Gary also realizing that neither he or Glenn had the skill or the equipment needed for forming or crowning a cement slab floor for a room addition.  The classified section of the Daily Oklahoman provided a solution, a cement finisher looking for work.  The worker estimating the project would take him three days, the leveling, rebab and forming the first couple of days, the pouring and finishing the third.  The day of atonement having descended with the arrival of the ready-mix truck,  Gary and Glenn the prospective wheel barrel crew, the hired cement worker completing his three-day performance.   The concrete in position,  16 penny nails, bottom and top plates, a studded structure slowly began to take form,  the Cullen operative accepting the vocal progression assessments and providing the precise material.  The construction day  beginning in late morning or early afternoon, their working daytime schedule dependent on bands nighttime activity, the priority being the completion of the addition, the remodeling of the front was secondary.  When it was time to migrate the OG&E meter from its original  position on the house to the new position,  Gary calling his acquaintance from the Horseshoe Club,  Eldon Dumas.   Gary questioning Eldon about calling OG&E about moving the electric line coming from the pole to the house, explaing that he was somewhat concerned because he never got a building permit,  Eldon telling him not to worry he would move line himself.  With the passing weeks, the two discovering a host of new talents that they never knew they had, the project taking shape with its redwood siding, outside sliding glass door, windows, the moping and sealing of flat roof.  Gary doing all the electric wiring, stapling the insulation on the ceiling and outside walls before experiencing the sheet rock and its taping. The learning experience continued with the texturing, painting, hanging doors, floor tile, the construction of the new addition was coming to a conclusion, the remodeling stage of the of the front of the house and dinning room was about to commence.

The Willson's new fireplace and hearth.

The Willson’s new fireplace and hearth.

   The removal of  the front bedroom wall,  the total front of the house was all living room with the exception of the soon to be front door entryway next to the garage.  Another project, another new experience, neither of the two having installed a fireplace.  The instruction manual demonstrated several ways of  installation the two deciding to place the firebox outside the room but parallel with the inside wall, the remainder of the firebox resting on a freshly poured outside concrete slab, thus allowing the triple wall ductwork to raise thru the outside eves and penetrating any of the interior ceiling or attic.   The finishing touch included walnut panelling & carpet and a partial brick walled mantel with a full room width white Portland cement hearth inlaid  with different color marble specimens endowed by visiting several Oklahoma City headstone and monument providers for remnants.
   A showcase presentation was determined,  the two bedroom homestead now three, no longer a clone of the other  fixtured neighborhood residencies.   The dining room and the additions master bedroom, having acquiring sliding patio doors, Gary and Glenn taking it upon themselves to form,  pour and finish the cement for remaining backside of the house patio.  The new patio addition bedroom, dinning room, and with a spacious  fireplace endowed atmospheric living room,  a once bland spectrum of a house just became the lustrous aurora of a home, Gary concluding, a house is a residence,  a home is its acknowledgement.


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