Cosse, Esther A.
Developing a home: "here a little, there a little", pp. 196-197
DEVELOPING A HOME THE PORTABLE IHOUSE BEFORE IT HAD BEEN DEVELOPED INTO A HOME. human nature, but I must admit that s growing house which somehow ems to expand at just the right time to .ieet our requirements is one of the most lightful phases of home making. Whatever joys belong to the home, sacri- cing one thing to obtain another, is rs in this development of a house. Back of the house is a little room built Ipecially for our one bit of extravagance. e have an artesian well over ioo feet eep, and last season we put in a pump 'erated by a gasoline engine, so with e addition of a suitably located tank -e were able to have a bathroom with hot and cold water and a laundry with set tubs. Our home was then quite equal to a city house in conveniences. We now have a comfortable home and up to the present the cost has been but $950, nor has this been paid out all at once. Quite the contrary. The expend- iture has been carried over several years, adding a little here and there as seemed necessary, and as our means warranted. The various items figure about like this: Foundation, including excavation ........ $120 Masonry ... ..................225 Carpentry, including lumberi............. 450 Hardwvare ............................... 20 Painting ................................. 20 P m bing ................................ 25 Total ................................ $ 9 5 The masonry, including not only the laying of such stones as required for the foundation by the carting of the material and what is described as three coat plas- tering-in that is included the lath- ing. In some localities these figures would vary, in one running higher and in another lower. Probably where lumber was low, .the total cost would be as low as $8oo. In a region where lum- ber was high it might exceed the $9o0, but what is here given is as near the actual cost aside from the pump and engine as it is possible to give. The house as it stands is severely plain, but we have sought to overcome this ob- jection, if it is one, by surrounding it with vines and all sorts of old-fashioned flowers. Further than that we have brought from the woods and fields a great variety of marvelously beautiful wild flowers, and have succeeded so well in not damaging them that they thrive as well as in their native haunts. There are, of course, numerous ways to make home surroundings beautiful. We chose this one. We have planted trees about the grounds which later will furnish abundant and grateful shade and flowering shrubs yield their fragrant blossoms all the season. This reminds me of one little personal touch which may interest. The large window in the south of the living room is a casement set with 5x7 glass, all old negatives washed clean after they had fitted the amateur photographer's longing to imprison some of the beauty he had found around him. 197
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