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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Comfort and economy combined in small Craftsman homes,   pp. 558-562 PDF (1.8 MB)


The influence of surroundings,   p. 562 PDF (482.4 KB)


Page 562


THE INFLUENCE OF SURROUNDINGS
though only 12 by io feet, is quite large
enough for a dwelling of this size, and the
range, dresser, sink and work-table are well-
lighted and convenient. The ice-box is on
the service porch, which is so constructed
that it can be screened or glassed in, ac-
cording to the season.
   In the center of the bungalow is a hall
which affords convenient communication
between the front and rear, and separates
the sleeping rooms from the living portion
of the house. From this hall, also, descend
the cellar stairs, with those to the attic just
above, and a closet for coats or linen against
the opposite wall. If the three bedrooms
and bath on this floor did not afford suffi-
cient accommodation, the space beneath the
roof, which is lighted by windows in the
gables, could be finished off and used for
maid's room, guest chamber or nursery, ac-
cording to the family needs.
T HE second design, No. 202, shows a
      two-story cottage, with the lower walls
      of stucco, and shingles in the gables
 and gambrel roof. If built with the living
 room facing south or east, plenty of sun-
 light will be insured for this room and
 the dining room.    The entrance is well
 sheltered by the angle of the walls, and the
 living room   is further protected   from
 draughts by the small passage or hall, with
 its coat closet, which is arranged here. This
 hall also gives access to the stairs, and per-
 mits one to answer the front door bell from
 the kitchen without passing through the
 other rooms.
    The same type of combined living and
 dining room is shown here as in the preced-
 ing house, and the arrangement of the
 groups of casement windows and open fire-
 place adds to the decorative interest as well
 as comfort of the place. The staircase is
 partially screened from the dining room by
 a grille and from the living room by a half-
 height partition with a shelf for ferns or
 pottery, giving an opportunity for an effec-
 tive use of the structural woodwork. A
 pass pantry with two built-in dressers and
 an icebox forms the communication be-
 tween dining room and kitchen, and from
 this pantry the cellar stairs descend beneath
 the main flight. In the kitchen, the sink and
 work-table are placed beneath windows, and
 a dresser is built into the corner between.
 A small recessed porch is provided at the
 rear.
    The second floor has been planned so as
  562
to obtain three bedrooms with
ceilings, and plenty of closet sp
vided beneath the slope of the rc
is also a linen closet in the hall.
THE INFLUENCE 0
ROUNDINGS
"     EE if you can preserve a
        contented disposition whe
        through some of the
        streets, where ugliness
 ness vie with vulgarity. I nee(
 the streets, they have their c
 in all cities.
   "Fatalism is the last refuge of
 We can destroy exaggerated ugl
 cities if we decide to do it. A
 decide to do it when we realize
 dous influence that our surrour
 on us . ..
   "In the hospital of today, g'
 taken to prevent a distressing
 atmosphere. The wards are I
 and well-proportioned. Flower!
 outlook and an air of cheerfuln
 sidered potent factors in aiding
 the physicians and securing a lar
 age of cures.
   "There has been a revolutiox
 buildings, for it has been found I
 dition of the workshop counts
 women are depressed or stimu
 workshops are ugly and ur
bright and sanitary.
  "Taking the city as a whole, the
principle obtains. The efficiency of the
zen is impaired or increased in propo
to the amount of friction and wear and
that he endures ...
  "There is no reason why our cities shO '
not be sensibly planned. There is no r
why they should be allowed to run wild
grow without care and scientific regulatiI
There is no reason why commercial
siderations should ruin the beauty of a ci
and there is no reason why considerati
of beauty should interfere with its comnine
cial prosperity.
  "I believe that our newer ideas of so
justice will produce better cities. Cities
be cleaner, healthier, more beautiful, fot
even the untrained already feel that their
rights are not recognized, and realize vagUe-;
ly that their sensibilities are hurt by un1
sightly surroundings."
   From an address by Arnold W. Brunner,
printed in The Countryside Magazine.


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