Plans for an attractive Gothic cottage.
¶ The chief merit of this cottage, architecturally speaking, centers in its picturesque outline and an expression of bold independence. It would be at home in the fertile valley or on the rugged mountain; to the former it would give a quickening touch of life and animation, and it would blend harmoniously in the "tout-ensemble" of the latter.
Gothic Cottage Rooms
¶ The inclosed porch, 8 by 16 feet, designated by the letter A, picture 101, and fairly understood by reference to the elevation, picture 100, is a feature of great value in our climate, defending as it does the entrance doors from the storms of winter, and furnishing a pleasant lounging place in summer. The staircase hall B is 8 by 16 feet. C, 18 by 16 feet, will be immediately recognized as the drawing-room; a triple bay adds greatly to the interest and beauty of this apartment.
¶ The sitting-room D is also 18 by 16 feet, and communicates with the hall and dining room, making it very convenient for the reception of company from either, it being customary in the country to entertain company in the family sitting-room, where formality may be dispensed with, and an atmosphere more congenial to country life and habits indulged in. The dining room E is 18 by 13 feet. Passing through to F, the kitchen, 12 by 14 feet, we find a flight of private stairs, with steps to the cellar beneath, and also a good kitchen closet or lock-up, and beyond the kitchen an out-building, G, of one story in height.
¶ On the second floor, picture 102, I is a lobby or stair landing, from which three excellent bedrooms J, are entered. A bedroom K, over the kitchen, is reached by the private stairs.
¶ Merely elevation enough to clear the floor joists from danger of sudden decay should be given to the principal floor of this design. The walls are intended to be built of rubble-stone, and pointed; of course the precaution of furring-off of the plastering is not, in such a case, to be neglected on any account. The roof requires slate, cut in various forms, as will be observed by reference to picture 100, and fully understood by an examination of the details shown in shingle & slate roofing.
¶ It is impossible to give precise estimates for buildings of this class without a detailed specification. The one before us could, under favorable circumstances, be built for a cheap $1500 or $2000 (1861 price).
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