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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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BUILDING FOR COMFORT
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FIR.6T FLOOR PLAN
They needed courage, for their knowledge
was small. They knew that the cheapest
form of a house was square, also that for
economy's sake there should be but one
chimney, and that the bath-room should
be situated in such relation to the kitchen
that but one system of plumbing for sup-
ply and drainage would be required.
They pored over books of house plans
and studied the house building maga-
zines, eventually drawing their own plans.
They learned how to draw them to scale,
and took just pride in seeing their own
blue-prints. They selected a lot within
commuting distance of the city and at the
edge of a grove, for they loved trees. Be-
cause they built in the woods, and the
nearby fields were full of stone, they made
their house of wood and of field stones,
carefully selecting those covered with
lichens and weathered with age. Thus
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winter and cool in summer.
  The inside measurements of the
house were only 25x28 feet on the
first story, and as the stone walls of
thick, the upper rooms had an added
foot. But in this small space they had
eight fair sized rooms and in addition
a store room, storage space, bath,
abundance of closet room, and two big
sleeping porches. The porches were
the joy of the family. How they ex-
ulted when they found they had 81o
feet of porches! The back porch be-
came an outdoor dining-room, and the
upper porch a place to sleep. Upon
entering the house the half wall, with
its surface, exposed studding between
the living and dining rooms and the
two vistas the length and breadth of
the house, gave an air of spaciousness
at variance with the 25X28 feet facts.
There were cross drafts where they
were needed.   Windows and doors
were placed with reference to sun ex-
posure and disposition of the furni-
ture. They even provided a door at
the head of the stairs so that the heat
of the lower floor might not be swept
upstairs. They had the kitchen boiler
put in the coat closet (a comfortable
      arrangement wnen it came to drymg
      coats). The large closets were wired
      for lights, the sink placed at a com-
A'S fortable height for the dish-washer,
      though this necessitated cheerful con-
 flict with the  plumber.   The   coal-bin
 was but two steps from     the foot of
 the cellar steps. The three bedrooms,
 storage room and bath of the second floor
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