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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

A Craftsman house, series of 1905, number II,   pp. 603-609 PDF (1.6 MB)


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A CRAFTSMAN HOUSE, SERIES OF 1905, NUM-
BER II
HE Craftsman House for February, 1905, is a suburban
residence, which, if possible, should be retired some dis-
tance from the street, and surrounded with large trees,
such as might remain upon the site of an old apple
orchard; since their gnarled trunks and low, spreading
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landscape.
   An area of thirty by fifty-three feet is covered by the foundations
from which the first story of the house rises, built of split field cobbles,
laid in black mortar, with slightly raked-out joints; while the second
story and the roof are covered with shingles, laid wide to the weather,
their unplaned side exposed, and stained to a moss green by the use
of Cabot's 303; the same preparation being applied to the window
"trim," the front entrance door, and all other exterior woodwork.
   The porch at the front of the house has a width of eight feet,
which permits the use of a hammock and of a number of pieces of
rustic furniture. Its stone pillars and the flower-boxes standing on
the low copings give it an inviting air: the first named features serv-
ing to support large oaken timbe'rs which uphold the porch roof, and
into which the floor-joists are framed. Over this timber construction
the last two rows of shingles are slightly curved outward, as a pro-
tection from the weather.
   A second smaller porch at the rear of the house, opens into the
dining room, and while increasing the attractiveness of the exterior,
provides, at the same time, an extension of the interior, where meals
may be served during the warm months.
   The house is constructed with a single chimney which affords fire-
places for the dining and living rooms, as well as flues for the furnace
and the kitchen stove.
                         THE INTERIOR
    From the entrance porch a small vestibule gives entrance into the
hall, which is sufficiently large to contain the necessary furnishings,
and connects with the kitchen by means of a small corridor or passage.
   With a view of producing at the outset an effect of cheerfulness
and hospitality, the color treatment of the small vestibule receives spe-
cial attention. The entrance door shows a mullioned and transomed
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