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The craftsman
Vol. XVII, Number 3 (December 1909)

Inexpensive cement construction for summertime and week-end cottages that the owner may erect for himself,   pp. 315-320 PDF (2.3 MB)


Interesting examples of domestic architecture from California cities,   pp. 320-326 PDF (2.3 MB)


Page 320


CALIFORNIA DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE
    lengths, twenty - one 24 - foot
    lengths, and the beams eighteen
    16-foot lengths.
Purlin-(4x6) Over porch columns
    36 feet at $0.07 per running
    foot ........................  2.50
Headers- (2x4) Over windows and
    doors 5o feet at $o.o2ý per
    running foot ...............   i.o8
Sheathing-78" thick, i,6oo sq. ft.
    at $0.023Y4 per sq. foot ....... 44.00
Wood Strips-For finishing pur-
    poses (Ix2) 500 feet at $o.ooy2
    per running foot ............  -50
Doors-3oo sq. ft. matched and V-
    jointed io" at $0.o3:' per sq.
    foot ....................... 10.50
Truss Metal Lath-,5goo sq. ft. at
    $0.04 per sq. foot ............ 6o.oo
Portland Cement Mortar-Sixteen
    tons at $4.85 per ton ......... 77.60
    To be used on all metal lath,
    brick piers and chimney.
Porch Floor-256 sq. ft. of concrete
    mixture at $0.07Y2 per sq. ft.;
    concrete 6" thick, iY2 bbls. of
    cement used ................
Ruberoid-i,6oo sq. ft, at $0.03Y2
    per sq. foot .................
Sash-22 sash at $2.50 per piece
    w ith lights  .................
Flue Lining-7 ft. 13"xI3" at $0.35
    a foot .....................
Flue Lining-IO ft. 7"xI3" at $0.30
Porch Columns-Four at $i.5o ...
Cinders-Cost of carting 12 loads
    of 2 Cu. yds. each ............
N ails ..........................
Sheathing for Closets-26o sq. ft.
    at $0.o23Y per sq. foot .......
                          Total $
19.20i
56.oo
55.00
  2.45
  2.70
  6.oo
  12.00
  7.15
  6.55
584.65
INTERESTING EXAMPLES OF DOMESTIC
ARCHITECTURE FROM CALIFORNIA CITIES
ALIFORNIA, perhaps more than
       any other State in the union, has
       contributed to the building up of
       modern American domestic archi-
tecture. There seems to be no particular
type of house especially favored among the
Californians, but each building shows a
new and original design that renders it
distinct from all the others. The work of
each separate architect also shows a fund
of invention and a never-failing originality
which utterly precludes the possibility of
spotting as his, the several houses that he
may have built in a neighborhood. The
mild climate, of course, fosters variety of
styles, but the freedom with which the
various building materials are adapted and
controlled, argues well for the skill and
progressiveness of the Californian build-
ers. Each house in the accompanying il-
lustrations exhibits some original concep-
tion of the way in which a material should
be used.
  The first house shows arched openings
in the porch, an unusual form in shingle
construction. The simple variation made
by the two irregularly set rows of shingles
contributes a seemingly disproportionate
amount of interest to the house. With the
exception of the cement drive and porch
floor, the building is entirely of shingles;
even the window-box beneath the casement
is built of this material. The dormers,
emerging so precisely and yet in such in-
teresting proportions from the main roof,
add a certain piquancy of expression, if
one may be permitted to use such a phrase
in regard to architecture. The slight ir-
regularity of the coping along the top of
the porch, which forms a balcony for the
second story, is a subtle but very important
addition to the general design. The inter-
est of the house depends chiefly upon these
apparently slight variations.
  The second house is also of shingles and
slightly suggests Swiss architecture. The
structural timbers of the house are, per-
haps, a little too heavy to be quite con-


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