Lampadius, J. G. H.
A Craftsman house modified to meet local conditions, pp. 395-399
A CRAFTSMAN HOUSE MODIFIED TO MEET LOCAL CONDITIONS. BY J. G. H. LAMPADIUS F a man of moderate means wishes to build in a large city, he is usually confronted by two problems-that of making both ends meet, and the small size of the average city lot. The latter condition is the more difficult to adapt to one's taste, ideas, and especially the matter of adequate lighting, and when therefore I took hold of the plans of THE CRAFTSMAN House Number IV., knowing that I had only a twenty-eight foot lot on which to build, I was at once confronted with these difficulties. However, adaptation to local conditions is always possible, and here is the result of one that I made to fit this case. My lot being only twenty-eight by seventy-five feet, I found it necessary to cut down the dimensions of the house to twenty-one by thirty-two. I had therefore to abandon the idea of a seven-room house and to content myself with six rooms. By putting the house close to the east line I gained a six foot space on the west side, where I needed light for the living and dining rooms. Also, by putting it close to the street line, I gained room enough for a little garden in the rear. The outside of this "modified Craftsman House" is very simple in appearance, yet it has a homelike air about it, and visitors are always surprised at the unlooked for space which the ingenious arrangement of rooms makes possible within its walls. As I wished to construct the house on the most economical plan possible (especially with regard to heating), I decided upon a hol- low wall as the surest way to attain this end. I built the walls of con- crete, the inner wall being five inches in thickness, and the outer four inches ;-the two walls bound together by iron ties. I now have a house, the walls of which really represent two monoliths, and one very satisfactory result of this arrangement has been that three and a half tons of coal have kept the house comfortable all winter. A basement seven feet high underlies the whole building, and contains laundry conveniences, furnace, and space for a well-lighted workshop. The front door leads into a small vestibule opening into the square living room, the dimensions of which are thirteen feet six inches by thirteen feet six inches, and from this room an open stairway leads to the upper floor. A paneled seat fills out the corner joining the stair- way, the back of the seat being finished above with a small shelf, and both sides with arm-boards. Opposite the stairway is the fireplace, 395
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