A Great 2012 bring on 2013

Our final guests for 2012 will depart on Monday. Pleasantview House had a very successful 2012. We were blessed to have so many guests. The best part of our experience is meeting and getting to know new people and renewing previous acquaintances. We have numerous reservations for 2013 and hope to have many more. If you are looking to reserve one of those special days (graduation. conference, parents days etc) you should book early. Happy New Year and hurry up Spring.

George & Ann

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Spring Is Coming

It may be cold and windy but spring is coming. Make your plans early and reserve Pleasantview House for a special get away this year.

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The Heritage of Pleasantview House

Pleasantview House has quite a heritage. Most recently we learned that it was the home of Jacob DeShazer and his family during his enrollment at Asbury Theological Seminary 1955-1958. Jake DeShazer was WWII hero and famous missionary to Japan. You can read of his story at http://www.jacobdeshazer.com/ .

DeShazer is in the middle.

 

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Ahead of its Time?

Pleasantview House is a Gunnison Home. Randy Shipp, who has done a great deal of research on Gunnison Homes, had this, in part, to say:

The first half of the twentieth century saw a change in the housing needs of the United States as more individuals sought easily built, affordable housing.  These changing needs mandated that the construction industry re-evaluate what could be offered to the public.  Various groups and individuals began to look at prefabrication as the answer to this need.  Numerous proposals were developed that took advantage of such materials as wood, steel, aluminum and cast concrete.

In the early 1930s, Foster Gunnison, Sr’s, … a successful lighting designer and manufacturer from New York, ….  interest in the concept of prefabricated housing led him to join with a group of likeminded individuals, … to study its feasibility.  Having studied the subject from many angles, this group felt that the use of stressed plywood panels could offer a strong building at an economical price.  This group … promote(d) the idea of prefabrication, but never produced units themselves.  Instead, they were facilitators bringing the market and the manufacturers together.

By joining forces with experts  in engineering, plywood production and architecture, he (Gunnison) arrived at the system of using stressed panels that took advantage  of concepts used in the manufacture of airplane wings.  The structural wood frame sheathed with plywood provided an extremely strong yet lightweight panel.

The (eventual) result was a complete housing unit that could be shipped on a single trailer truck and assembled on the customer’s foundation in a very short time. It was said that if the construction crew arrived at the site on Tuesday morning, the owner could have supper in his new house on Friday.

Pleasantview House is an important reminder of a highly significant piece of the history of single family housing construction in the mid-twentieth century. Maybe it was just ahead of its time. Not unlike the ideas behind the homes in the article below, Gunnison Homes were created around similar needs and goals.



 

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Case of federal funds well spent

12:00am on Feb 25, 2011; Modified: 7:44am on Feb 25, 2011

Rendering of a low-cost, highly energy-efficient homes to be built by a Wayne County factory better known for building houseboats.Buy Photo

At a time when there’s a lot of mean talk about government’s role in regard to business, Kentucky has produced a story that illustrates the benefits of linking forward-thinking private investors with enlightened public assistance.

Herald-Leader reporter Bill Estep recounted the cooperative efforts of a Somerset luxury boat company, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. and the University of Kentucky School of Design to design and produce affordable, efficient, livable homes on the production lines used to build luxury boats.

Three batches of federal money — $125,000 each to Monticello and Whitley County to build prototypes of the houses and $1 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission — helped in the effort.

The partners, and the federal government, had their individual goals, but also shared one big one: To produce a 1,000 square foot house with two bedrooms that cost $100,000 or less, including land, could be trucked to the site, assembled quickly and could be heated and cooled for $1 a day.

And they wanted to get as many materials as possible from Kentucky.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/25/1648301/case-of-federal-funds-well-spent.html#ixzz1EzA2D1Fq

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We are on Facebook

We now have a Facebook page. Check it out and become a friend of Pleasantview House.

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Photographs

We now have some wonderful pictures of the interior of Pleasantview House. The images were taken by our friend Walt Roycraft, a gifted professional photographer. In addition to architectural photography and fine art photography, he is an accomplished wedding photographer. His wedding portfolios are truly works of art.

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We’re Ready

Ann has been working hard decorating. We are ready for our guests. There is yard work to do and a few odds and ends left but the house is in move-in condition. We will have pictures of the inside posted next week. All we need are GUESTS. Come and visit us.

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First Guests

We are excited that we received our first guests today. They are from Oregon. Their daughter is enrolling in Asbury University and they will be staying three nights. Everything was not exactly as we wanted it but they seemed to be pleased.

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Mission Accomplished

Saturday Ann and I declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for our renovation project on the “blue house” we purchased last fall. It will be available for rent starting September 1.

We are in the process of furnishing the house and there are still several items on our punch list. We just hope that we haven’t jumped the gun like George W. Bush. I don’t think we could spend seven more years mopping up.

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Opening Soon

Welcome to Pleasantview Guest House. Ann and I (George) have been working very hard for the last six months renovating our “blue house”. Finally we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We have set our opening for rental on September 1, 2010. We are very excited about opportunities to share our guest house. We will be posting some “after pictures” shortly.

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