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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

Suburban house designed for a lot having wide frontage but little depth,   pp. 20-22


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SUBURBAN HOUSE DESIGNED FOR A LOT HAVING
WIDE FRONTAGE BUT LITTLE DEPTH
THIS house was designed primarily for
         use in the suburbs and the plan was
         adapted to a lot with wide frontage,
         but no great amount of depth.   Of
course,  it would be better to have  such a
building surrounded by plenty of lawn, trees
and shrubs; but if ground space were limited,
a great (leal could be made even of a meager
allowance for front and back yards.
  While the design admits the use of other
materials  which may be better  suited to a
given locality or considered more desirable by
the owner, our plan was to have the house
built of stone and shingles, the lower story
and chimneys being of split field stone laid
up in dark cement, and the upper story of
cedar or rived cypress  shingles, so finished
that they are given a soft gray tone in har-
mony with the prevailing color of the stones.
We have suggested that the shingle roof be
stained or painted a soft moss green.
  We     regard  the arrangement  of   these
verandas as being especially comfortable and
convenient,  for although none of them   are
large, they serve admirably to supplement the
inner rooms by furnishing what are practi-
call)ยน outdoor rooms for general  use. The
front veranda, \vhich is partially recessed, is
sheltered from the street by the parapets and
flower boxes. As doors open from this veranda
into the hall, dining room and living room, it
is  much  more    closely connected   with the
house proper than is the case with the usual
entrance porch, and is well fitted to serve as
an outdoor sitting room.  The veranda at the
back  of the  house   opens from     the dining
room and is meant to be used as a (lining
porch in summer time.    Another door open-
ing into the pantry makes it easy to serve
meals ouit there.   In winter this porch can
easily be glassed in and used as a conservatr~rv
or sun room, an(l if heated, would make a very
pleasant place for the serving of afternoon tea
or for any such use.   A third verail(la opens
from the kitchen and is meant especially for
the comfort and convenience of the servants.
   We would suggest here also that the open-
ings from the hall into the dining room and
Ii ving room be very   much wider<a thing
which could be easily clone and which is now a
feature of all the Craftsman houises. A glance
at the floor plan will suggest the charm of such
an arrangement. as it would allow a long vista
from one fireplace to the other and would
add much to the comfort and charm of the
houise as a whole.  As will he noted, the liv<
  ruoli.Dlea in        tsm an,      1cr, 1905.  -
STOW THE HOUSE LOOKS WITH AMPLE GROUNDS AROUND IT AND A SETTING OF TREES
FOR A BACKGROUND.
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