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

The craftsman's house: a practical application of our theories of home building,   pp. 45-49


Page 45

THE CRAFTSMAN¹S HOUSE: A PRACTICAL APPLI-
CATION OF OUR THEORIES OF HOME BUILDING
WHILE          all the houses illustrated in
          this book are of Craftsman design,
          the dwelling shown here is   per-
          haps the most complete example in
existence of the Craftsman idea, for the rea-
son that it is to be built by the founder and
editor  of Tuu   CRAFTSMAN  at ŒCraftsman
Farms,² his estate in New Jersey, and will
be used there as his own home.  Therefore
in this case the tastes of the designer are one
with the tastes and needs of the owner, who
has  found    no creative work more    absorb-
ingly (lelightful than this planning of a home
which he intends to live in for the rest of
his life.   In addition to this it affords the
opportunity   for working out personally, in
every practical detail, all the theories which
have  been    applied to the houses of   other
people.
  Craftsman Farms was apparently planned
by nature for the site of just such a house.
It has heavily wooded hills, little wandering
            brooks, low-lying meadows     and
            plenty of garden and orchard land;
            and the house will be built on a
            natural terrace or   plateau  half
            way  up the   highest bill.   The
            building faces toward the   south.
            overlooking the partially  cleared
            hillside, which runs down to the
            orchard and meadows at the foot
            and which needs very little culti-
            vation to develop it into a beauti-
            ful sloping greensward with here
            and there a clump of trees or a
            mass of shrubbery.   There    is a
            friendliness about tbe natural con-
            formation of the land which makes
            it seem homelike before one stone
            is laid upon another or one bit of
            underbrush is cleared away,    for
            the combination of sheltering hills
            and woods with a sheltered swale
            or meadowland   gives interesting
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