The grammar of house planning, by an M. S. A. and M. R. A. S.

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Page 177 - There is, for instance, something wonderfully captivating in the idea of a battlemented castle, even to an apparently modest man, who thus shows to the world his unsuspected vein of personal ambition, by trying to make a castle of his country house. But, unless there is something of the castle in the man, it is very likely, if it be like a real castle, to dwarf him to the stature of a mouse.* Shall we then have no variety, no latitude in the character and forms of our best country houses?
Page 37 - Nor is this the only evil arising from sleeping in ill-ventilated apartments. When it is known that the blood undergoes most important changes in its circulation through the lungs by means of the air which we breathe, and that these .vital changes can only be effected by the respiration of pure air, it will be easily understood how the healthy functions of the...
Page 14 - I will therefore beg leave to enlarge upon these two subjects. "I consider the aspect of infinitely more consequence to the enjoyment and comfort of the inhabitant than any prospect whatever ; and every common observer must be convinced that in this climate a southern aspect is most desirable, but few are aware of the total difference in the effect of turning the front of the house a few points to the east or to the west of the south, because, although the south-east is the best, yet the south-west...
Page 37 - Let a mother who has been made anxious by the sickly looks of her children, go from pure air into their bedroom in the morning, before a door or window has been opened, and remark the state of the atmosphere, — the close, oppressive, and often fetid odour of the room, — and she may cease to wonder at the pale, sickly aspect of her children.
Page 178 - but it is a very young castle I" he will have no caprices and no whims, either in his life or his house. The man of sentiment or feeling will seek for that house in whose aspect there is something to love. It must nestle in, or/ grow out of, the soil.
Page 37 - Their small size and their lowness render them very insalubrious ; and the case is rendered worse by close windows and thick curtains and hangings, with which the beds are often so carefully surrounded, as to prevent the possibility of the air being renewed. The consequence is, that we are breathing vitiated air during the greater part of the night; that is, during more than a third part of our lives: and thus the period of repose, which is necessary for the renovation of our mental and bodily vigour,...
Page 37 - Let her pay a similar visit some morning after means have been taken, by the chimney ventilator, or otherwise, to secure a full supply and continual renewal of the air in the bedrooms during the night, and she will be able to account for the more healthy appearance of her children, which is sure to be the consequence of supplying them with pure air to breathe.
Page 178 - The man of common-sense views only, if he is true to himself, will have nothing to do, in the choice or construction of his country house, with picturesque and irregular outlines. He will naturally prefer a symmetrical, regular house, with few angles, but with order, and method, and distinctness stamped upon its unbroken lines of cornice and regular rows of windows.
Page 176 - A perfectly proportioned building, with little or no decoration, being far more beautiful and eatisfactory than one of equal bulk and cost, ill-proportioned, and with thousands lavished on the embellishment of its details. human sympathy and affection confers on it its highest and most lasting character of beauty. We have said the truest expression, and this leads us to the most difficult question that arises in the mind of the artist in designing villas in this country. To unite the beautiful and...
Page 192 - ... the kitchen and living room should receive more attention on the ground of convenience than the parlor. " 5. Every entrance except to the kitchen should be through some entry or hall, to prevent the abrupt ingress of cold air and for proper seclusion. "6. Let the entry or hall be near the center...

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