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The craftsman
Vol. XVII, Number 3 (December 1909)

Inexpensive cement construction for summertime and week-end cottages that the owner may erect for himself,   pp. 315-320 PDF (2.3 MB)


Page 315


INEXPENSIVE CEMENT CONSTRUCTION FOR
SUMMERTIME AND WEEK-END COTTAGES THAT
THE OWNER MAY ERECT FOR HIMSELF
T has been our idea in designing these
    two houses to enable those members
    of the Home Builders' Club, who de-
    sire an inexpensive summer cottage
to build one for themselves if necessary.
Many people have put up summer shacks
for themselves, and too often, for the
lack of a little guidance and advice, the
result has not justified the labor or even
the slight expense. Believing that a word
of advice is sufficient to the earnest ama-
teur builder, THE CRAFTSMAN for this
month contains the plans and detailed
working drawings for two bungalows
for summer use, which, although so sim-
ple in construction that one man could
build them, will be, when done, well
planned, serviceable and attractive little
houses. With these plans we are publish-
ing a complete mill bill; the prices in
various communities may differ slightly
on the different items; but that, of course,
is to be expected. For example, if there
is plenty of stone upon a building site,
the cost of the field stone used in the
chimney will be less, and in like manner
if the country about is wooded the price
of the logs that support the porch roof
will be reduced, or the builder may even
procure them for himself.
  The first bungalow, walls and parti-
tions, is built of cement mortar upon
truss metal lath. Cement mortar is a
mixture of sand, three parts, and cement,
one part, which may be purchased al-
ready prepared, and this is also used in
laying the brick and stone. Truss metal
lath is an openwork metal sheathing that
comes in pieces 90 x 28 inches square.
The roof is covered with a composition
roofing to be had in three colors: red,
green and slate color. The porch sup-
ports are of logs, which, if they are of
cedar, may be left untouched, but if they
are of chestnut, oak or of any other
wood that has a smooth surface when
barked, they should be hewn, as this
gives them a more rugged appearance and
at the same time corrects the impression
that they were left in that condition to
save trouble, for the smooth log is not
especially attractive.
  The girders of the house are supported
upon brick piers, a less expensive sup-
port than a stone foundation. The foun-
dation of the chimney runs to the depth of
the piers, as also does the cinder bed that
forms the basis for the concrete floor of
the porch. This porch floor is slightly
slanted so that it will drain easily and is
made of a concrete mixture which con-
sists of one part of cement, three parts of
sand and six parts of crushed stone. The
chimney should be built at the same time
as the framework of the house. The studs
for the partitions are erected simultane-
ously with the studs for the outside walls,
as they are, for the most part, bearing
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