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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A farmhouse designed with a long, unbroken roof line at the back,   pp. 70-71

Page 71

WE       feel    that the design for this
         farmhouse is one of the most
         satisfactory that we have ever
         done, not only because the build-
ing, simple as it is, is graceful in line and
proportion, but because the interior is so
arranged as to simplify the work of the
household and to give a good deal of room
within a comparatively small area.
  The plan is definitely that of a farm-
house, and in this frank expression of its
character and use lies the chief charm of
the dwelling.  The walls might be covered
with either shingles or clapboards, accord-
ing to the taste and means of the owner.
If the heauty of the building were more to
be considered than the expense   of con-
struction, we should recommend the use
of rived cypress shingles, as these are not
only very durable but have a most inter-
esting surface.  The only difficulty is that
they cost about double the price of the
ordinary shingles.   As the construction of
the house in front is such that a veranda
                                            would be    rather a disfigurement
than an
                                            improvement, we have supplied
its place by
                                            a terrace covered with a pergola.
 The ter-
                                            race would naturally be of cement
or vitri-
                                            fied brick and the construction
of the per-
                                            gola  should  be rustic in character.
                                            great advantage of such a pergola
is that
                                            the vines that cover it afford
sufficient shade
                                            in summer, while in winter there
is nothing
                                            to interfere with the air and
sunlight, which
                                            should he admitted as freely
as possible to
                                            the house.    \Ve have allowed
the roof to
                                            come down in an unbroken sweep
                                            the back because of the beauty
and unusual-
                                            ness of this long roof line as
compared with
                                            the usual square form of a house
with the
                                            lower roof of a porch or lean-to
at the back.
                                            Furthermore, by this  device
there  is con-
                                            siderable  space for storage
left  over the
                                            kitchen and dining room.  The
entry opens
                                            into the living room at right
angles with the
                                            entrance door and this opening
might be cur-
                                            tamed to avoid (Iralights.

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