Country Style House Plans
A set of country style house plans for an irregular shaped home.
¶ Irregular in plan and general outline, yet neat and chaste in detail, the design before us is a fair type of the beauty that may be attained without a tendency to extravagance in the exterior adornment of an edifice springing from an irregular basis.
¶ By a reference to picture 113, the plan of first floor, the internal arrangements will be perceived almost at a glance. A through hall B, is entered from the piazza A. This hall contains the stairs, and affords access, by a side passage, to the kitchen E. The parlor C is 15 by 30 feet, and has a rectangular bay window, communicating by a lengthened window with the veranda I. The dining room D has also a bay window, seen in the perspective view, which, by the way, is reversed from the plan. F is the butler's pantry, G a wood-shed, and H a kitchen closet.
¶ The plan of the second floor exhibits the arrangement of the bedrooms. K is the landing of the stairs in the front building, from which the three bedrooms L are entered, and from which also the stairs are continued to the roof-story, in which three very comfortable bedrooms may be fitted up.
¶ A passage from the half-landing of the stairs leads to the bathroom M and the adjoining bedroom N, over the kitchen.
¶ This country style house could be very efficiently warmed by a single furnace, the proximity of the flues being quite favorable to that mode: the hall, parlor, and dining room, and the three bedrooms over, could all be kept comfortably warm, as the central position of the flues involves but little loss of heat.
¶ This design admits with equal facility the use of wood or more solid materials. The thickness of walls, as drawn, indicates the use of stone, which, in many districts, is the cheapest material. The pitch of the roof seems to demand shingle or slate; the drawing represents them of varied form.
¶ Built of stone and rough-cast in a neat, careful manner, and all the workmanship substantial and well finished, the cost of this house, in Pennsylvania or Ohio, will not vary much from $3500 (1861 price).
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