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The craftsman
Vol. XVIII, Number 6 (September 1910)

A ten-room California house with interesting features,   pp. 699-701 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 701

of the living room is the dining room, sep-
arated by sliding doors. The den is in the
rear of the dining room. The four rooms
are finished in Oregon pine treated to re-
semble Flemish oak. and have beamed ceil-
ings, as well as hardwood floors.    The
stairway to the second floor leads from the
reception hall, with a landing at a height of
four steps, and is lighted by a series of four
casement windows arranged in a curve.
The living room and den are each provided
with a large fireplace constructed of split
stone. The walls of the four rooms are
papered and the plastered portions of the
ceilings are tinted buff. All of these rooms,
as well as the kitchen and bedrooms, are of
fair size, and throughout the house there
are numerous built-in fittings of interesting
   The house, including garage, was built in
Los Angeles, California, for $4,800. It is
of substantial workmanship throughout, and
in both style and durability it should be
suitable for any locality. The cost of con-
struction would naturally vary according to
the cost of material in the different locali-
ties, but it should nowhere greatly exceed
work employed for interior finish. You never
seen or read descriptions of pink wood-
work or pale blue, or pine stained to imi-
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or redwood treated to resemble
. The wood that is there on the
Legrown, as it were, seems quite
enough for the beautiful Western
s, and apparently much more sat-
ory. than the strange, dreadful
so often done in the -East and
Middle West where all the nat-
ural beauty of interesting real
woods are destroyed in the effort
to pretend that they are some-
thing else-the fashionable wood
of the moment.
   While in the West we hear of
 house after house finished and
 fitted with eucalyptus, walnut,
 redwood, each one treated in a
 method to show the utmost nat-
 ural beauty of grain. Varnish
 seems unknown, as remote as
 paint; the idea being rather to
 leave all as natural as would be
 consistent with utility and dura-
   We are especially reminded
 of the wisdom of the Western
 this particular house where all
,-s are of pine or redwood, abso-
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