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.
Design XX.: country house for any climate, pp. 170-172 ff.
DESIGN XX. A LITTLE examination into the merits of this design, as illustrated by the engravings of elevation and ground-plans, will satisfy any one that our title, if not entirely elegant, has not been chosen without some attention to the correctness of its application. While we are well aware that it is next to impossible to pre- pare plans embracing all the conditions made impera- tive by a great diversity of climate, we are not less sensible that compromises can be effected, greatly extending the application of a given plan with but a limited amount of local modifications. To the South- ern projector who may conceive a partiality for the idea here illustrated, we would say, give outside blinds and umbrage to all the windows, and build a detached kitchen, and you have a complete Southern house for a family of moderate size. The through hall, which effectually cuts off the dining apartment from the parlor and library, is a very liberal arrange- ment for a house of this size; and indeed this cir- cumstance, combined with its peculiar application in the plan before us, is the basis of the compromise here intended between the varieties of climate. An excellent expedient, and favorable to privacy and good ventilation, is to place a rising sash or head- light over each door, which can be opened or closed (171)
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