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The craftsman
Volume XXXI, Number 3 (December 1916)

Montgomery, Margaret
Building for comfort,   pp. 289-10a PDF (2.9 MB)

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would not supply all the needs of the fam-
ily, despite the help of the sleeping porch,
so they extended the house to include a
third story for they found out that the
cost of the building lay largely in founda-
tion and roof, and that an extra story
added little to the expense. A broad dor-
mer gave head-room for the third story
stairs, while long, low windows insured
proper ventilation. The chimney pass-
ing through one of the third story rooms
was widened out to form a tiny fireplace
built of common brick, rough side out,
and pointed up with black. "As I was
musing, the fire burned," runs the legend
above the black mantel shelf.
  They were very doubtful of that third
story, fearing that their little house would
look ungainly. They laid the alternate
course of shingles double to reduce
the apparent height, producing an
effect of horizontal lines. The long
lines of the house, the stone first
story and the dark stained shingles,
all contributed to creating a low ef-
fect, so that people entering the
house were surprised to find that it
was a three story building. By this
careful attention  to  appearance
their home did not look out of
harmony with the bungalows on
either side.
  This house is a perfect example
of the satisfaction that comes to
people when a just relation between
the outer and inner life has been
achieved. All the writers of home
building agree that a home should
be an expression of the people who
live in it, else there never will be
harmony or comfort. Every indi-
vidual has a different need. No
architect can know exactly what
that need is to bring about their
ideal of convenient living. The old
Italian poet, Ariosto, has said a
thing that has been widely quoted
because so true, "Small is my hum-
ble roof, but well designed to suit
the temper of the master's mind."
       "To suit the temper of the master's
       mind" is exactly what every one
       would like to achieve in home build-
       ing, but few are able.
          This house of my neighbor's
       was built to embody their needs
       as scientifically as a colony of
       wasps create their series of combs
to accommodate all the members of their
family. Each individual member of my
neighbor's family has his or her own room,
large or small according to their impor-
tance, each room in natural relation to the
other members of the family; also each
room is developed in the color most ap-
proved of, and the furniture arranged ac-
cording to his or her idea of convenience.
  There are outdoor rooms for those who
like to look at the stars, to watch the sun rise
or to be soothed by the sound of the wind
in the tree tops, and there are bedrooms
snugly enclosed from all outside disturb-
ances-if such wonderful sights and sounds
could be called disturbances. There is no
pleasure in the world so great as the build-
ing of a home, even though at times the
flower of joy seems possessed of thorns.

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