Fallsmead@50 Fun Facts
If Only Clarence Kettler Had Been Taller. . .
Posted on December 23, 2018 9:00 AM by Melani Miller Harig
Ever wonder why you tall residents can't comfortably have a treadmill in your house, or why those of you who have them always have to pick the shortest Christmas tree on the lot in order for it to fit in your house? According to early Fallsmead residents, Clarence Kettler, one of the Fallsmead developers, was five feet, two inches tall, and the original (very short) bathroom sinks were set for his height. Perhaps that is also the reason why Fallsmead houses only have 7 1/2 foot ceilings instead of the more standard 8 foot minimum ceilings that most houses have today. . . 
Source: Fallsmead 25th Anniversary Book. Photo Courtesy of The Martin Family from the Fallsmead History Photo Album: Snow in 1972 looking from 1132 Pipestem Place to 1434 Fallsmead Way.
Comment By: Sarah Myer
Posted on December 30, 2018 9:58 AM
Not sure how true it is, but I was always told we have 7.5 foot ceilings because Kettler got a deal on miscut wood and used it to save money.

Last Edited: 12/30/2018 at 09:59 AM
Comment By: Eileen Marston
Posted on December 30, 2018 9:58 AM
The energy crisis was also a factor - buyers would believe that was the reason for low ceilings even though it really was to cut building costs. That's what we heard anyway.

Last Edited: 12/30/2018 at 09:59 AM
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