Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Selection of a site, pp. 18-24
"Near some fair town I'd have a private seat, Built uniform, not little nor too great; Better if on a rising ground it stood,- On this side fields, on that a neighboring wood; A little garden, grateful to the eye, Where a cool rivulet runs murmuring by, On whose delicious banks a stately row Of shady limes or sycamores should grow." NOTHING is more important in the preliminary arrangements for building, than the selection of a proper situation. And upon this the question arises, what is a proper situation? The answer may be embodied in general terms as follows: a situation that will not be detrimental to the enjoyment of health or comfort, that is easily accessible from a public highway, and that commands a view of the best scenery which the country affords. As our houses are built for the enjoyment of comfort, convenience and pleasure, we do injustice to ourselves, if we neglect anything conducive to these ends. First of all, it is well to note whether the neighborhood in which we propose to build bears evidence of the healthfulness of its climate by the sanitary condition of its inhabitants. If we are satis- fied on this point, the next thing to be considered is the location of our own particular dwelling; desir- (18)
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