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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A bungalow built around a courtyard facing the water,   pp. 82-84

Page 83

       NE of our earliest (lesigns
I.)      is shown in this bungalow,
         which has proven very pop-
         ular for summer homes, es<
peciallr where they are built on the
shore of a lake or river; for the
chief characteristic of the (lesign is
an inner court, or patio, which looks
(lirectly out upon the water.   The
bungalow is built aroun(l three si(les
of this courtyard,<an arrangement
which carries with it a suggestion
of the 01(1 Mission architecture of
   The original design was    for  a
house with shingled walls, but the
construction is equally suitable for
stone, brick, or concrete.  The ma-
terial chosen, of course, would de<
l)encl entirely upon the locality and
the taste of the owner.     \Vere we
(1e5iUnin~ it       wc
         ~    now,     would proua-
bly suggest concrete, as the form of
the house, with its straight walls
and  simple lines, is \vell suited to
this material, and also because this
method of construction is comparatively     in-
expensive as well as substantial an(l (lurable.
If the walls were finished with rough plaster
or pebbledash surface, the effect would be ad-
mirable, especially for the woods, if a little
dull green pigment were brushed on irregu-
larly, giving a general tone of green that yet
is not a solid smooth color.
   The central court as shown here is paved
with stone, but this would be only in case of
stone or shingle construction.  For either brick
or concrete it would be best to pave the court
\yith cement colored a (lull red and marked
off into squares.   This has much the appear-
ance of Welsh quarry tiles and is much less
expensive.    Provision has been made in the
center of the court for a basin, in the middle
of which a pile of rocks affords opportunity
for a fountain or trickling cascade, while the
pool  furnishes an admirable    place  for  the
growth of aquatic plants.   The court can either
be paved clear up to the pool as shown in the
picture. or the pavement may stop just outside
the pillars, leaving the center of the courtyard
for turf.  In either case the patio is meant to
be furnished for use as an outdoor living room,
such as is so frequently seen in the courtyards
of California houses.   If the house is built for
a camp in the woods, the pillars around this
courtyar(l would best he made of peeled logs
left in the natural shape and stained back to
the color of the bark.  For more conventional
use, heavy rotmd pillars of concrete or of wood
painted white would naturally be used.   These
(letails, however, are always ruled by the lo-
cality, the materials used for building and the
taste of the builder.
  The arrangement of the interior is very sim-
ple, as from the entrance hall one turns toward
the right into the living room, which occupies
half the front of the building.  Just back of
the living room in the wing is the (lining room
au(l back of this again is the kitchen.  Turn-
ing to the left from the hall, a small passage
leads to one of the bedrooms, and the other
two bedrooms and the bathroom occupy the
whole length of the wing.   All of these rooms
open out upon a central    court and    all are
lighted from the otitside by casements set high
in the wall.  Fireplaces are plentiful, the chim-
neys being so arranged that one is allowed for
each bedroom and one for the living room.
This being almost opposite the dining room,
or rather alcove, serves for that room as well.

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