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Enter pincode. Usually delivered in days? It is one of a group, built in Des Moines, Iowa, which were planned with the thought that those who are in the market for small homes of five or six rooms desire and appreciate the same high type of construction which is most generally associated with the larger and more costly dwellings. How well this ideal was carried out is graphically pictured in the illustrations on this and the two following pages.

A pleasing combination of brick and stucco is used for the exterior while the roof is appropriately covered with shingles laid wide to weather. The lines of the house are harmonious and the one story sunroom at the left is balanced by the pergola over the driveway at the opposite side. A decorative touch is added by the use of flower boxes at the windows and small trees at either side of the entrance.

This entrance is simple but effective and is perfectly fitted to the house to which it gives access. The interior shows the same careful planning and construction throughout that is found in large and costly houses. On the first floor there are three major rooms, a sunroom and a breakfast room. This floor is divided by a central hall.

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At the left is the large living room with a neat brick fireplace at one end, flanked by built-in book-cases. French doors open into the sun room which is almost completely enclosed with glass on three sides. Across the hall is found another cheerful room. The dining room is well lighted by windows on two sides. It is directly connected with the kitchen at the rear. This latter room is all that the modern housekeeper could ask in cleaniness and convenience.

White tile is freely used and the white enamel sink is surrounded with handy built-in cupboards, both above and below.

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Just off this kitchen is a breakfast room of the approved Pullman type and near the door into the hallway are found the rear entrance and basement stairs. At the front of the hall a stairway leads to the second floor. This floor is divided into two large bedrooms with ample closets and a bathroom.

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Both bedrooms have windows on two sides and adequate space for all necessary furniture. A linen closet is included in the bathroom plan. We do. The color sketch on page 21 and the photo below, with the following floor plans, is as smart a home as ever graced a building site. It is,—well, rather exotic.


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It owes its American being to the Spanish pioneers who reproduced in the New World the typical architecture of old Spain. Like Spain, too, we have extremes of temperature which vary from the boasted California climate to the more rigorous New England winter, and the bungalow is of a kind of construction which can be both cool in summer and warm in winter. The exterior is of a vari-colored stucco, against which the brightly colored awnings stand in bright contrast.

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The warm red of the roof tiles and the grass-defined flags of the walk and driveway are two other effective color touches. Reference to the detailed plans following shows a Chapel Roofed Living Room—. The living room, entered from the terrace entry has the popular style of chapel ceiling, extending upward to the roof. It is a very well proportioned room, and the presence of colored electric light bulbs inside the wood cornice enables different colors to be thrown against the ceiling.

In fact, the whole character of the room may be changed by judicious manipulation of these indirect lights, controlled as they are by a switch near the door. The French doors opening on the front terrace look out upon a semi-patio; the enclosed patio typical of real Spanish homes seems not to be preferred in American adaptations.

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There is a dining room, with terrace; a kitchen, small, but so compact it is of great convenience; three bedrooms and a bathroom. Volume 1 of an unabridged reprint of extremely influential work by great 19th-century architect, Very thorough examination of style, construction; many measured drawings. Toggle navigation.

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