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


 With no  blue prints but his idea firmly embedded in head,  Gary approached the Contractors Desk at Cullen Lumber on Classen Blvd explaining a project he and Glenn were about to embark on,  a 16 x 28  two bedroom addition to his house and a complete living room remodeling.  The new addition would provide for  a 16 x 16 patio sliding door adorned master bedroom and a  16 x 12 smaller bedroom, increasing the residences square footage by 448 sq. ft.  The living room remodel would encase the removal of a wall between the living room and the front master bedroom and adding a counter high partitioned front door entryway  the living room would now  encompass the total front of the residence.   The living room to have a fireplace with an extended hearth, also would be the replacement of a dining room window with a glass sliding door opening to a new backyard patio.

The Cullen dispatcher taking it all in, but wasn’t prepared when Gary posed a question, if they called in with exact measurements could he figure the material needed for framing, roofing, doors, windows, and all other sundry items they would need as the project progressed.  The dispatcher was somewhat skeptical but receptive to the concept, agreeing it could be done.  The final obstacle being one of finance, securing cost estimates for at least a ball park figure as to the total cost.    Gary visiting with a loan officer at Beneficial Savings and Loan, explaining the project and that Cullen Lumber would be the primary material contractor, but their might be others, the finance company agreeing to an open-ended note to finance this avant-garde progression.

A conceptional view of the finished addition

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.  With the brick removal completed, Gary 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, re-barb and forming the first couple of days, the pouring and finishing the third.  The day of atonement having descended  call was placed to Dolese Ready Mix  discovering the cement  would have to be wheel-barreled to the back of the house and with the arrival of the ready-mix truck,   Gary and Glenn the prospective wheel barrel crew, the hired cement worker fulfilling 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 back of the house to the new position,  Gary calling his acquaintance from the Horseshoe Club,  electrical contractor Eldon Dumas.   Gary questioning Eldon about calling OG&E to move the electric line from the pole to its new position on the addition, explaining 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, installing sliding glass door, windows, moping and sealing of the flat roof.  Gary doing all the electric wiring, stapling the insulation on the ceiling and outside walls before experiencing the  hanging of sheet rock and its taping.  The learning experience continued with the texturing, painting, hanging doors, floor tile, the construction of the new addition coming to a conclusion, the remodeling stage of the of the front of the house and dinning room was about to commence.   With the dining room and the master bedroom having acquired sliding patio doors, again calling Dolese Ready Mix only this time taking it upon themselves to form, pour and finish the remain 18 x 16 ft. of cement for the patio.

The new fireplace and hearth

  Another project, another new experience, neither of the two having installed a fireplace.  The instruction manual demonstrated several ways of  installation, instead the two deciding to remove a window and set the firebox outside on a freshly poured outside concrete slab, the front parallel with the inside wall, thus allowing the triple wall duct-work to raise thru the outside eves rather than penetrate thru the interior ceiling or attic.  The fireplace embossed by a partial brick wall and 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.  The final touch to the living room besides the built-in stereo-speaker audio complex in the entryway divider was the  walnut paneling and new DuPont 501 Blue Carpet.

A showcase presentation was determined,  the two bedroom homestead now three, no longer a clone of the other  fixtured neighborhood residencies. The new backyard patio, master bedroom & dinning room patio doors, expanded living room with a spacious  fireplace,  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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