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

A craftsman house founded on the California mission style,   pp. [unnumbered]-11


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  A CRAFTSMAN IIOUSE IN CALIFORNIA MISSION STYLE
treated with a pigment that gives a soft
warm creamy tone, almost a biscuit color,
and the roof is dull red,<a scheme that
is excellently suited  to the prevailing
color in California or in the South, where
yellows, browns and violets abound. For
the colder coloring of the northern or
eastern landscape, the cement walls might
either be left in the natural gray, or given
a tone of dull green, which, applied un-
evenly, gives an admirable effect upon
rough cast plaster.  Or, for that matter,
the house might be built of brick, stone,
or of any one of the various forms of
concrete construction. And the roof could
be of tile, heavy shingles, or, if given a
steeper pitch, of heavy, rough slate.  In
fact, the design as shown here is chiefly
suggestive in its nature, making clear the
fundamental principles of the Craftsman
house and leaving room for such varia-
tiou of detail as the owner may (lesire.
It will be noted that the foundation is
not visible and that the turf and shrub-
bery around it appear to cling to the
walls of the house,<a circumstance
that is apparently slight and yet has a
good deal to do with the linking of a
house to the ground on which it stands.
This effect would be greatly heightened
by a growth of vines over the large
plain wall spaces, which would lend
themselves  admirably    to a  natural
drapery of ivy or ampelopsis.
  The   treatment of    the interior is
based upon the principles already laid
down, the object being to obtain the
maximum effect of beauty and com-
fort from materials     which are  few
in number   and comparatively    inex-
pensive.  Although we have not space
here   for illustration of the interior
features, a description of the color
scheme employed and of the use made
of woodwork and built-in furnjshings
may serve to give some idea of its
character.  While the outside of the
house is plain to severity, the inside,
as we have designed it, glows with
color and is rich in suggestion of home
comfort.   As in
a 11   Craftsman
houses, wood is
abundantly used
in the form of
beams, wainscots
a n d   numerous
built-in furnish-
ings.
               SECOND STORY FLOOR PLA1~.
decoration, and the recogni-
tion of   the color element
which   is so necessary  in
bringing  about the  neces-
sary harmony  between   the
house and its surroundings.
In this case the walls are
FIRST STORY FLOOR PLAN.
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