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Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
(1861)

Design VI.: a bracketed American cottage,   pp. 94-98 ff.


Page 97

         A BRACKETED AMERICAN COTTAGE.
 grooved, and put on in the horizontal manner, the
 studding not being more than 16 inches apart; boards
 of the width of 6 inches, planed and grooved, to be
 put on as at A, fig. 9, can be procured at many of the
 lumber mills for $25 per thousand feet, and we have
 not the least doubt that in the immediate vicinity of
 well-timbered districts they can be obtained much
 cheaper.    The foundation walls should be of stone,
or if that material cannot be had, hard-burnt brick;
but the use of the latter necessarily adds seriously to
the cost of the structure.
  This design might with advantage be constructed
of brick, that is, in case the outlay was not too closely
limited.     We have such a decided preference for
any course calculated to give permanency to build-
ing in general and our own designs in particular,
that it is only when all chance for a more durable
structure is out of the question that we yield to the
substitution of wood.  Although we acknowledge our
admiration of the handsome new wooden houses that
are scattered over the face of the country, we cannot
help expressing our regret that a few years will render
them unsightly and untenantable, while well-treated
stone or brick buildings of the same age will scarcely
show perceptible marks of disfigurement or decay.  In
speaking therefore of wooden houses, we speak of
them as a thing of necessity, and not to be chosen
when a better alternative offers.
 The    windows   should  have rising sashes,    with
weights; two in the dining-room and two in the
parlor, extending to the floor, (on the assumption that
the veranda before suggested will be extended along
the flank.)  The chimneys should of course be brick;


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