Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Interior finish, pp. 255-268
262 hOMESTEAD ARCIILTECTIJRE. etc. is made of the English encaustic tiles; from the plate, upon which we exhibit six different patterns, an idea may be formed of the extent to which these combinations of forms and colors may be carried. The prices per superficial foot for furnishing and laying are attached to each combination represented, applying, however, to surfaces exceeding one square, or 100 superficial feet; below this quantity the charges are necessarily a trifle higher. The superiority of these tiles for vestibules, halls, conservatories, etc. consists mainly in the fact that their beauty suffers little by abrasion of the colors in a long course of years; they are easily cleansed, and when properly selected with regard to harmony of color, are produc- tive of a gay and lively effect. On the subject of wooden floors, it is needless to make extended remark. It is well understood by most carpenters; indeed, the principal mystery con- nected with flooring, viz , the best mode of making and retaining tight joints, owing to the present fashion of covering all floors with carpets and oil-cloths, is considered by many as scarcely worth attention. Yet it must be evident, upon a moment's thought, that a well-laid, close-jointed floor is very desirable under any circumstances. How annoying it is to hear the creaking of a loose board as the arm-chair rocks to and fro, or even as you step carefully across the room! Milled boards, i.e. boards planed and matched by machinery, being, when properly wrought, of uniform thickness, are to be greatly preferred where an eye is had to economy as well as to solidity. Secret nailing may be resorted to where the floor 15 not to be covered, in which case the width of the
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