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

Two inexpensive but charming cottages for women who want their own homes,   pp. 72-73


Page 73

      TWO INEXPENSIVE BUT CHARMING COTTAGES
in a home of her own,<a home which might be
shared by a relative or close friend in similar
ciumstances.
   The chief value of these little houses lies
in the fact that although they are but the sim-
l)lest of cottages, they nevertheless possess a
beauty and individuality which is lacking in
many    a    resi-
dence that costs
ten  times     as
much.   \Ve feel
that in exterior
attractions   they
are fitted to take
rank with any of
the  houses    de-
signed  in    The
Craft sm an
\Vorkshops, and
that the interior
arrangement     is
compact and
comfortable to a
degree.       The
chief  difference
between      them,
as  regards    the
exterior, lies in
the fact that in the case of the first one the
porch is recessed and, in the second, is ex-
tended  to   the dimensions of a  good-sized
veranda that    runs the whole width of the
house.  In interior arrangement they are much
alike, the living room in each case occupy-
ing the whole of one side of the house and
                    FIRST STORY FLOOR PLAN.
opening into a dining alcove which takes about
half of the other side.  The kitchen occupies
the remaining corner and, if this be fitted with
convenient cupboards, work table and the like,
there would be no necessity for a pantry.  Up-
stairs also the arrangement of the two cottages
is somewhat similar, as in each case the space
                             is divided    into
                             three  bedrooms
                             and a bathroom,
                             with   plenty   of
                             closet room
                             tucked away in-
                             to  nooks     and
                             corners.
                               As to the in-
                             terior woodwork
                             and   furnishing,
                             these  need     not
                             be costly in or-
                             der to be attrac-
                             tive.  Some     in-
                             expensive native
                             wood,   such    as
                             pine, or cypress,
                             or that grade of
                             chestnut known
                             to  builders    as
³sound wormy,² would, if finished properly,
give the most delightful effect when used for
interior trim, built-in seats, cupboards, balus-
trades for the stairways, and for wainscoting,
<providing the sum set aside for the house
admitted such a luxury as the last.   The re-
maining wall spaces and the ceilings could be
left in the rough sand-finished plaster, tinted
in any color desired, and the fireplace would
naturally be of brick or field stone and of the
simplest design.  Given such a foundation, the
qtiestion  of furnishing would  adjust   itself.
March, 1904.
Published in The Craftsman,
STONE cOTTAGE WITH VERANDA.   NOTE THE EFFECT OF SQUARE BUN-
GALOW ROOF AND OF CASEMENT WINDOWS HIGH UNDER THE EAVES.
SECOND STORY FLOOR PLAN,
73


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