His­toric and dis­tinc­tive

Guthrie home tour ad­vances with time

The Oklahoman - - REAL ESTATE - BY DYRINDA TYSON For The Ok­la­homan [email protected]

Guthrie’s His­toric Homes Tour is go­ing deeper into the 20th cen­tury this year, fea­tur­ing at least two homes built in the late 1940s and 1950s in ad­di­tion to the usual turn-ofthe-cen­tury abodes.

“In the past, all the homes on the tour have been his­toric homes built be­tween 1900 and 1925 or 1930,” said Kala Plagg, trea­surer for the Guthrie Ter­ri­to­rial Christ­mas Foun­da­tion. “But now we have a sit­u­a­tion where all the homes are older and a lot of the peo­ple are older, so it’s get­ting more dif­fi­cult to get homes for the tour. But a lot of younger peo­ple are buy­ing the newer homes and re­mod­el­ing them.”

She said the foun­da­tion may note the shift next year by rechris­ten­ing the tour as the His­toric and Dis­tinc­tive Homes Tour.

This year’s tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day and will fea­ture a mix of homes, churches and pub­lic build­ings, in­clud­ing one down­town apart­ment.

Ticket hold­ers also will get a look at the newly re­stored Guthrie De­pot and the lobby of the State Cap­i­tal Pub­lish­ing Mu­seum, which is be­ing re­stored af­ter sit­ting empty for sev­eral years.

Tick­ets for the self­guided tour are $15 and can be pur­chased on­line at www.GuthriesTer­ri­to­rial Christ­mas.com or in per­son start­ing at 9 a.m. on tour day at the Fron­tier Drug­store Mu­seum, 214 W Ok­la­homa Ave. in Guthrie. Those who buy tick­ets on­line can bring their con­fir­ma­tion email to the drug­store mu­seum

‘Cold roof’ strat­egy

An ice dam needs three things in or­der to de­velop; cold tem­per­a­tures, a thick snow layer and heat loss from the house. If you can con­trol any of those three things, you can pre­vent the ice dam.

You ob­vi­ously can’t con­trol the out­side tem­per­a­ture, so the sec­ond two are the only things you can have an im­pact on. In Part 2, we’ll take a closer look at con­trol­ling the snow layer, but for now let’s fo­cus on the sin­gle most im­por­tant el­e­ment of pre­vent­ing an ice dam — stop­ping the heat loss. The way to do that is through in­su­la­tion and ven­ti­la­tion.

First, in­crease your at­tic in­su­la­tion to a min­i­mum level of R-38 or even higher. That min­i­mizes the amount of heat be­ing lost into the at­tic, which lessens the chance of the snow layer melt­ing.

Sec­ond, you need to have good ven­ti­la­tion. Proper ven­ti­la­tion will flush waste heat out of the at­tic be­fore it can warm the un­der­side of the snow layer. This is what’s known as a “cold roof” strat­egy.

You need at least 1 square foot of at­tic ven­ti­la­tion area for ev­ery 300 square feet of at­tic space.

Fi­nally, make sure that your kitchen range hood, bath fans and any other ven­ti­la­tion fans are vented all the way out of the at­tic. That pre­vents warm moist air from ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in the at­tic, which not only helps pre­vent ice damming, it also helps pre­vent mold in the at­tic, as well as po­ten­tial mois­ture prob­lems to in­su­la­tion and wood fram­ing.

Have a home re­pair or re­mod­el­ing ques­tion for Paul? He can be reached by email at im­prov­ingy­[email protected] ykwc.net.

[PHO­TOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

The home at 501 E No­ble Ave. is a stop on the Guthrie His­toric Homes Tour.

Dec­o­ra­tions brighten shops and build­ings in down­town Guthrie for Ter­ri­to­rial Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the His­toric Homes Tour, which of­fi­cials say will go on as planned even if weather is bad.

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