Detached Dwellings, Part 2

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Swetland Publishing Company, 1911 - Architecture, Domestic
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Page ii - First follow Nature, and your judgment frame By her just standard, which is still the same...
Page ii - Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief — all come stepping out of her typewriter as big, and as little, as life. Within the space of a single book she can put a vaudeville star and a "hoofer...
Page ii - That some of the plans published in these magazines have merit is unquestioned and that a few might be substantially built for the sum named is possible, but most of the perspectives are "faked," the plans are generally illogical, if not impractical, and the estimates misleading. Their baneful influence extends, too, further than might be supposed. Time and again has the writer received preliminary data for a pretentious residence innocently based upon the size and equipment of one of these "villas.
Page ii - Nothing except that it will probably be very poor stuff. And so on through the list. What kind of plumbing and hardware, what quality of woodwork and painting? "Steam heat and electric light...
Page ii - If an agreeable impression is received the architect may properly receive a request for more detailed references, and if he is young and inexperienced he should be willing to divide the honors with an associate of proved ability. After a choice has been made, the architect and client should have a heart-to-heart conference. A successful solution of a problem in domestic architecture is only possible when the...
Page ii - ... above, materially increases the total cost. Here is money invested which brings no return and there is entailed a constant expense in interest on the capital squandered, not only on the room itself but for furnishings and maintenance. By...
Page ii - ... inches thick, 3 feet high, and 3 days old, built of dry brick laid in a mortar composed of lime, loam and a suspicion of cement (at least there were some empty cement bags lying ostentatiously in the foreground'). What is assured therefore in the sworn statement of a reliable contractor that the "masonry
Page ii - A serious mistake is made by the owner when he allows, or courts, intimacy with the contractor, as it invariably provides a loophole through which the latter may escape from his „responsibility. After winning the owner's confidence, often by the ostentatious performance of an "extra...
Page ii - ... what he is going to obtain. Almost every house owner is skeptical at the start and desires to spend as little money as possible. and his eye not being as adept and practiced as the architect's in picturing in advance the finished product, one of the two things is bound to happen.
Page ii - To the practical arrangement and interesting seqeunce of the rooms is due in a large measure the comfort and pleasure of the occupants. The plan and specification are the backbone and vital organs of the structure. As for the superficial treatment of the exterior and interior surfaces, "handsome is as handsome does" applies to buildings equally as to humans.

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