Cement Block House Plan
¶ Cement house showing craftsman idea of half timber construction.
¶ A house that typifies to rather an unusual degree the Craftsman idea of construction is shown here. It is a perfect square in plan and is designed with the utmost simplicity. There are no bays, recesses or projections on the outside, the attractiveness of the exterior depending entirely upon the proportions of mass and spacing. It is a building which should attain the maximum of durability for cement block construction, as there is nothing to invite decay or render repairs necessary.
¶ The walls are built of cement plaster and metal lath, the half timber construction being used to break up the severely plain wall spaces into panels that are more agreeable to the eye. As originally designed the rough finished cement was left in its natural gray color and the roof of white cedar shingles was merely oiled and left to weather to a harmonizing tone of silvery gray. The necessary color accent as well as the emphasis of form is given by the wood trim, which should be of cypress so treated that the brown color of the wood is fully brought out. The rafters of the porch as well as those supporting the widely overhanging roof are left uncased, carrying out the effect of solid construction which distinguishes the entire building and emphasizing the decorative use made of wood.
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