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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A pleasant and homelike cottage designed for a small family,   pp. 76-77

Page 77

THIS design for a cottage is best suited
      for the suburbs or for a village, as the
      shape of the building is such that it
      needs plenty of ground around it.    If
it were built in the open country, it would
look particularly well on a large lot where
there are plenty of trees, as for example the
site of an old apple orchard, as the gnarled
trunks and  low spreading branches     would
give the ideal setting to a house like this.
  In the event of the house being built in a
locality where field stone could easily be ob-
tained, it would be advisable to use this ma-
terial for the first story, as suggested in the
illustration. The gables and roof are shingled
and an admirable effect could be produced by
using rived cypress shingles darkened by the
application of diluted sulphuric acid.  This
brings out all the color in the wood and also
brings it into complete harmony with the stone.
  The porch at the front of the house is
eight feet wide, permitting the use of a ham-
mock and such rustic furniture as is needed
for veranda life in the summer.  The second
and smaller porch at the rear of the house
opens into the dining room and may be used
as an outdoor dining room during the warm
 The vestibule inside the entrance door is
very  small, serving merely to   cut  off the
(Iraught from the door.  This is one of our
earlier plans and has narrower openings be-
tween the rooms.   Were we to make it over
now, we would suggest that the partition be-
tween the hail and the living room on the side
toward the front be taken away as far as the
vestibule, making the hall a part of the living
room.   The narrow passage between the fire-
side seat and the staircase could remain un-
altered, or  the  post-and-panel construction
might be put across, making a doorway in
\vhiCh could be hung a porti6re.    Although
the doorway between the living room and the
dining room is very wide, yet the division is
indicated sufficiently to separate the space in-
to two distinct rooms.  If this arrangement
should be preferred,  the opening could be
left just as it is and either curtained with
heavy   porti~res, or partially filled with a
large screen which could be spread across or
removed at will.  It would, however, be more
in accordance with the later Craftsman ar-
rangement to remove even these slight parti-
tions, leaving only the chimneypiece to mark
the division between the rooms.

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