It is directly connected with the kitchen at the rear. This latter room is all that the modern housekeeper could ask in cleaniness and convenience. White tile is freely used and the white enamel sink is surrounded with handy built-in cupboards, both above and below. Just off this kitchen is a breakfast room of the approved Pullman type and near the door into the hallway are found the rear entrance and basement stairs. At the front of the hall a stairway leads to the second floor.
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This floor is divided into two large bedrooms with ample closets and a bathroom. Both bedrooms have windows on two sides and adequate space for all necessary furniture. A linen closet is included in the bathroom plan. We do. The color sketch on page 21 and the photo below, with the following floor plans, is as smart a home as ever graced a building site. It is,—well, rather exotic. It owes its American being to the Spanish pioneers who reproduced in the New World the typical architecture of old Spain. Like Spain, too, we have extremes of temperature which vary from the boasted California climate to the more rigorous New England winter, and the bungalow is of a kind of construction which can be both cool in summer and warm in winter.
The exterior is of a vari-colored stucco, against which the brightly colored awnings stand in bright contrast. The warm red of the roof tiles and the grass-defined flags of the walk and driveway are two other effective color touches. Reference to the detailed plans following shows a Chapel Roofed Living Room—.
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The living room, entered from the terrace entry has the popular style of chapel ceiling, extending upward to the roof. It is a very well proportioned room, and the presence of colored electric light bulbs inside the wood cornice enables different colors to be thrown against the ceiling.
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In fact, the whole character of the room may be changed by judicious manipulation of these indirect lights, controlled as they are by a switch near the door. The French doors opening on the front terrace look out upon a semi-patio; the enclosed patio typical of real Spanish homes seems not to be preferred in American adaptations. There is a dining room, with terrace; a kitchen, small, but so compact it is of great convenience; three bedrooms and a bathroom. We consider it so good, both exteriorly and interiorly, that we have felt justified in devoting to it six pages: Page 22 in full colors, this page, and the four pages of plans following.
These are shown in exact scale, enabling you to reconstruct this splendid home to meet the requirements of any intending home builders in your locality. The pleasing outward appeal of this house is due to the intelligent use of comparatively simple structural details. The interior arrangement is no less admirable, the porch giving into a roomy reception hall, with a handsome Colonial staircase, and closet at the end for outdoor wraps.
To the left of the hall opens the living room, 23 feet long by 13 feet 3 inches wide, and with a well proportioned fireplace. Observe the clear wall spaces which lend themselves to the proper backgrounding of the home furnishings; and how the sun parlor, reached through its double French doors, helps give a most agreeable impression of airiness and comfort. Crossing the hall again and going through double French doors we are in the dining room.
This is 13 feet 3 inches by 14 feet, and will display any dining room furniture to good advantage. Double French doors lead out to the porch, and give a very pleasing prospect, as dining room doors and windows should. At the rear of the dining room we find the breakfast nook, for morning meal or children's lunch or before bedtime snack. The built-in china closet close by saves steps. Now we are in the kitchen, with everything truly arranged to make work a joy; well-placed range, refrigerator and sink with ample shelving; pantry, and rear entry.
The advent of the automobile has caused a shifting of viewpoints, brought a new set of values and uses into our lives. Today, however, it provides a great reference resource for those interested in restoring or improving an early twentieth century building.
For houses, there are some complete working drawing sets in addition to various details for stairs, fireplaces, bookcases, and even fences, among many others. It is highly recommended for those who enjoy technical information. Just bought a turn of the century house. Great to see old details so if I'm restoring or taking something apart I know what I'm probably dealing with.
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The only issue I have is that the drawings are crammed on the pages. I live in an old house and have used this book many times during remodeling.
It has been a great reference for how the layout of my house may have changed over the years. If I were ever going to build a new home, I would use one of these classic floor plans as a guide and make adjustments to make it either larger or more modern. Love the authenticity of this book.
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