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

Porches, pergolas and terraces: the charm of living out of doors,   pp. 97-101


Page 97

PORCHES, PERGOLAS AND TERRACES: THE CHARM
OF LIVING OUT OF DOORS
IN these days when the question of lioht and
    air is of so much importance in the plan<
    ning of the home, the tendency is more
    and more toward the provision of ample
room  for as much open-air life as possihle.
In all tile Craftsman houses, as \vell as ill the
lest modern dwellings of other      styles,  the
verandla, whether open in summer or enclose(i
for a sun room in winter, is one of tile prom<
iiieut features.  Partly for collyeilieilce in en-
closing with glass if desired, but niainly to in-
sure tile pleasant sense of privacy that means
such a large part of the coillfort of home,
these porches or verandas are usually recessed
so that they    are partially protected by the
walls of the house and are further sheltered
by tIle copings audI flower hoxes.   In a front
porch which must serve for a sitting room as
well as an entrance, tIle coplllg, surillouintedl by
flower boxes, acts as a screell an(l. with tile ai(l
of a ocuerous growth of vines, serves as a
very satisfactory shelter from the street. Where
tllere is also a garden veranda it can be made
into a cllarming outdoor living or (lillillo room
both for suminci- an(l for mildI (lays ill wiIlter
by b
      eing so recesse(l and protected that it is.
like a sunliller  louse or an outdoor roonl al<
wars open to the still aild air.
  Outdoor     living and  dining rooms,  to be
homelike and comfortable, silouild be equipped
with all that is necessary for daily use so as
to avoidI tIle carryillg back ail(l forth of tables.
chairs and the like, as wileil tile verailda is~
usedi only occasiollallr.  It goes without say-
ilIg  that tile furniture should be  plain and
substantial, fitted for the ruiggedl outdoor life
aild able to stand the weatller.    In(liail rugs
or Navajo blankets lend a touch of comfort
aild cheer, aild tile simple designs and primi-
tiye colors ilarillonize as well with trees and
vines aildl the open sky as they do witil their
native wigwallls.    Willow chairs aildl settles
seem to belong naturally to life ill tile garden,
aildi witil a few higllt tables, a hook rack or two
ailci pleiltv of Ilaulmocks, tile verailda ilas all
tile seilSe of peace aildl pernlaneilcv tllat sIlotild
beloilg to a liviilg roonl, wlletller indloors or
out. tilat is Ilabitually used by tile family.
COURTYARD AND PERGOLA, SHOWING DECORATIVE EFFECT OF THE CENTRAL SQUARE OF
TURF WITH ITS FOUNTALN~
SHRUES AND ROCKS AND THE COMFORT OF THE VINE-SHADED PORCH WHEN FURNISHED
FOR USE AS AN OUTDODEc
LIViNG ROOM.
1-ubtisIed tn  I Jo Lra)tsmafl, June, 1905.
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