U-M Designer And His Wife Turn Builders With Successful Results
Couple Uses Only One Power Tool To Erect Barton Hills Home
Today's designers are apt to be something more than classroom drawing board specialists. They often have more than a smattering of knowledge on the practical phases of construction.
Prof. Herbert W. Johe of the University College of Architecture and Design with the able assistance of his wife, proved his worth as a contractor when he laid out on paper and actually built his own home.
The result is an outstanding example of modern design and comfortable living. It is well suited for its location on a three-acre plot of wooded land at 440 N. Barton Dr.
The couple,whose power tools consisted only of a small saw, required about 2 1/2 years to complete the job. There were setbacks, to be sure. But the home is complete, and it reflects a workmanlike effort.
It's a one-floor home with a completely flat roof. Although there is no basement, there is plenty of floor space- more than 2,000 square feet.With a combined den and storage room off the garage, there is ample space for the family's possessions.
As for the living area, the home is basically rectangular. The kitchen, dining area, living room and study are aligned in that order and take up most of the space. A small corridor extending lengthwise along one side of the rectangle leads to the bathroom and two bedrooms.
The major construction material are wood walls covered with a redwood stain, drywall, a vinyl plastic tile floor and plenty of window area. Radiant heating is through the floor.
Modern appliances, such as built-in oven and stove in the kitchen, and furnishings prevail throughout.
All told, this home is built to serve the needs of its occupants for many years to come. It will be viewed by the Women's City Club April 30, as a part of its annual tour of selected homes.
The Complete liveability of the Herbert W. Johe home at 440 N. Barton Dr. is well illustrated by the picture of the living room (top) taken from the kitchen. The area at the far end is a study. The wood exterior (center) is seen surrounded by woods. Note the flat roof. Bedrooms are of the right of the corridor (below). At the far end is the front door. The brick to the left is the back of the living room fireplace.