The majority of space on the ground floor of this home is given over to the large living room and dining room, which, together stretch the length of the building and overlook the quiet and private rear garden. To one side of the entrance is a guest lavatory; on the opposite side, the stairway rises. An elongated foyer at right angles to the entrance provides access to a small study and the basement stairs at one end, a coat closet at the other, and directly ahead -- leads past a screen of four delicate columns into the living room. Sliding glass doors to the garden beyond are aligned with these openings between the living room and foyer. To the left, a traditional fireplace dominates the rooms' end wall; to the right, a pair of broad steps rise to the two story high formal dining room. From there is reached a sunny, efficient kitchen, as well as the building's side entrance. It should be noted that the four walls embracing the great space across the rear of the house are each of a different design, yet each are symmetrical unto themselves. Note as well the careful attention to axes; windows and doors, columns and all other details have been given the attention necessary to insure that none seem carelessly placed or off-center.

Upstairs, a gracious master bedroom features a walk-in closet and a private bath room.

Bedrooms number two and three are both of a good size and enjoy two windows apiece. The passage, two linen closets and another bath room complete the second story.

Depending on the roof design chosen, stairs to an attic may be included in an area which has been reserved for that purpose. As with other homes included in this page, this residence may accommodate a separate apartment in a basement which can be built raised (at least one third above grade).

With seven rooms (one of which is double height), a spacious foyer and two and a half baths, it is surprising to remember that the floor area of this building is only fourteen hundred square feet.

~ FEDERAL (Plan E Design No. 14) ~

Without even the smallest line or feature seeming to be out of place, this smart and trim Federal style residence boasts numerous details and textures on its facades without ever losing its general impression of restraint.

The dignity of the building is prevented from being austere by the softening effect of classic ornamentation such as the flower box, the pedimented fenestration, and the beautiful Chinese Chippendale parapet terminating at each corner with a spirited finial. A wide belt-course bands together the sills of the second story windows, and adds spice to the otherwise neutral smooth stucco walls. A similar belt-course at the level of the first story windowsills has below it stucco that has been shaped to resemble large masonry blocks -- inspiring the sense that a firm base supports this elegant residence.

~ FRENCH PROVINCIAL (Plan E Design No. 15) ~

The commanding presence of this French provincial style residence is not dependent on the hilltop site illustrated; on level ground it will remain an impressive composition and surely arrest the attention of the passerby. Half-dormers symmetrically increasing in size as they approach the centerline of the facade and the steeply pitched hipped roof together form the geometry which is the dominant feature of the building. Ornamentation has been limited to fenestration casings, a single belt-course, and a few demure finials. Each is shown to advantage, quietly, against smooth stucco walls. Cream colored walls, white trim and a roof of green or red would suit this design; shutters and flower boxes would not. For a reasonable sum, a gabled hood or arched trellis may be used to add interest to the entrance.

~ LATE GEORGIAN (Plan E Design No. 16) ~

Federal details such as the semi-circular entrance portico and lacy roof parapet meld gracefully into this late-Georgian design, adding a gentleness to the solid, simple rectangular outline. Sparingly used, details such as light-colored windowsills, keystones and interesting blocks, or 'quoins', at the corners relieve any heavy effect the brick walls might have.

Every inch a proper family home, this residence will provide an ornament to any avenue. The trim will best be displayed, and the rich texture demanded by this style will be best provided by, a dark red shade of brick. If desired, a garage and a porch may be easily added; one on either side. If light-filled and useful additional living space is needed, a raised basement as pictured in the illustration may be used. A level site best suits this style.


No plan on this folio matches the extraordinary amount of privacy afforded to the occupants of the dwelling as does this. Only two rooms wide, it may be introduced onto even the narrowest of lots; an inexpensive garden wall combines with the building's outline to create a delightful octagonal courtyard, shielding the principal rooms from even the busiest of avenues, and a calculated lack of side-wall windows insures seclusion from even the closest of neighbors.

A foyer, diminutive but whose ceiling rises splendidly to the roof ridge high above, provides access to the living areas, a guest lavatory, a coat closet, and presents the visitor with their first view of the stately, serene interior courtyard. From here, a curving path leads past sliding glass doors to the porch on the left, and, on the right, an expansive room -- memorable for its significant size, an attractive fireplace flanked by large windows overlooking the garden, and an expansive bank of windows on the room's opposite end which open directly onto the soothing panorama of the courtyard oasis. Street traffic and neighbors' activities are rendered invisible within this princely retreat, this noble and quiet salon.

Stairs to the upper story, to the basement, and the entrance to the large, sunny kitchen may all be reached through the dining room; a beautifully proportioned room with its own seductive, arch-framed view of the courtyard.

The second story consists of a straightforward and efficiently compact passage into which opens a bathroom, a storage closet, an attic stairway, two minor bedrooms -- each with a view of the rear yard, and a generously sized master bedroom. The latter is complete with a walk-in closet, a private bathroom, and has a view of the enchanting courtyard below.

In general, the central characteristics of this unusual, inward-looking abode are its ability to coexist smoothly with nearby structures without appearing jostled or compressed; its ability to incorporate the calming and tranquil benefits of natural beauty within private, inner space, and lastly, the meticulous arrangement of rooms and the flowing quality of circulation between them.

~ VICTORIAN (Plan F Design No. 17) ~

Meticulously placed and judiciously used, the easily constructed ornamental woodwork on this residence is carefully concentrated at the gables and along the porch form maximum effect -- while avoiding an excessive expenditure of funds.

The result is not that of an obvious or incomplete mimicking of the much-beloved Victorian style, but rather that of a charming, sincere, and authentic example of period design. The garden wall which creates the courtyard shown on the plan may be included, or, as would be more typical of the era, removed to expose the porch to view.

Fish-scale shingles occupying the gables with clapboard siding below; the horizontally striped design seen on the roof shingles; spirited roof ridge finials; latticework; and double doors at the entrance are each an affordable, proper Victorian touch which enliven this cheerful, stimulating scheme.

~ ORIENTAL (Plan F Design No. 18) ~

Certain universal features of Far Eastern architecture have here been blended to create a residence having a pronounced oriental flavor. The rectilinear outlines featuring the easily perceived dimensions of frame construction are common to traditional domestic architecture of Japan; the deeply overhanging eaves, supported by energetic brackets, are redolent with the influence of China and Korea; the richly pointed silhouettes formed by ridge boards having elaborately turned ends recall Siam; and lastly, the soothing serenity of a private courtyard -- all these combine to harmoniously create a powerfully exotic, exciting home.

Smooth stucco walls, delicately relieved by restrained wood trim, crisply surround banks of windows that welcome nature to the interior. The octagonal perimeter of the courtyard and the elegant fan-light gable windows soften the bold geometry, adding mellow grace notes to this assured, muscular design.

PASADENA SHINGLE (Plan F Design No. 19) ~

A cousin to the more traditional shingle style prevalent in the eastern United States during the latter half of the nineteenth century this 'California Bungalow' style reached its zenith in Pasadena during the first two decades of the twentieth. Its features include gently sloping gable roofs supported by brackets or other prominent wood structural members; spacious,flowing and airy interiors; mixtures of shingle and stucco or stone cladding; expansive porches and generous numbers of windows to provide healthy cross-ventilation.

Many of these characteristics, which are present in the illustrated example, resulted from the Japanese influences that were felt in America at that time, and became the forerunner of the modern ranch house. Relaxed and leisurely roof planes blend effortlessly with the calm horizontal lines of this style; inspired by and admirably saluting natural motifs.

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