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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

House with court, pergolas, outdoor living rooms and sleeping balconies,   pp. 42-44

Page 42

LIFE in a warm country, where there is
       much sunshine and where it is p05-
       sible to be out of doors during the
       greater part of the time, was specially
taken into consideration in the designing of
this house, for the plan makes as much ac-
count of the terraces, porches and the open
paved court as it does of the rooms within
the walls of the building.  Such a plan would
serve admirably for a dwelling in California
or in the Southern States, but would be ad-
visable only for specially favored   spots in
the North and East, as its comfort and charm
necessarily depend very largely upon the pos-
sibility of outdoor life.
  As  originally planned,    the walls of the
lower story are to be built of cement or of
stucco on metal lath.     The upper walls are
shingled.  The roof is of red tile and the
foundation and parapets are of field stone.
As with all these houses, though, the mate-
rials used are entirely optional and can be
varied according to the taste of the owner,
the  requirements of  the    landscape or the
limitations of the amount to be expended, as
the building would look quite as well if con-
structed of concrete or of brick, and with
clapboards in the place of shingles.    If a
 wooden house should be preferred, the walls
 from top to bottom could either be shingled
 or sheathed with wide clapboards, while the
 roof is equally well adapted to tiles, slates or
 shingles.  The first of the perspective draw--
 ings gives a view of the whole house as seen
 from the rear, showing the pergola at the
 back and the design of the roof, which we
 consider   specially attractive.  The  second
 drawing shows the side of the house instead
 of the front, as by taking this view it is pos-
 sible to include both porch and court and also
 show the balcony and outdoor sleeping room
 on the upper story.    A broad terrace runs
 across the front of the house and continues
 around the side, where it forms a porch which
 is meant to be used as an outdoor living room.
 This porch is nearly square in shape and is
 either tiled with Welsh quarries or, if a less
 expensive flooring be desired, is paved with
 red  cement  marked    off into   squares that
 measure about nine inches each way.      This
 floor has a close resemblance to one made
 of Welsh quarries and is dry and durable.
 In flooring a porch of this kind it is always
 better to avoid the use of plain brick, as this
 porous material gathers and holds moisture
 to such an extent that the floor is seldom dry.
PnbDslied in The Craftsman, January, 1909.

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