The Small House
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Arthur Martin
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. LOCALITIES AND SITES. In the first chapter we were considering points on which we could expect to receive little assistance from our friends. They were essentially personal questions, but when we have once settled them satisfactorily, much help may be gleaned from the advice and experience of others. At the same time it should be remembered that no one else has exactly the same view of life as we have: and the greatest care should, therefore, be exercised to retain our own ideal and personality. Many, for instance, will be carried away by some feature in a friend's house, or effect in an old garden, and will endeavour to adapt their scheme to include it, too often with the result that the house is built round one feature, and that unsuited to the site selected. When the choice of site is under discussion, and all through the building of the house, our individual ideas and general scheme must be kept constantly to the front, or the inevitable result will be a patchwork of bits obtained from other houses. Although it is the keynote of many designs of recent years, architecture is something far higher and nobler than the cleverest patchwork. A SMALL HOUSE AT WEMBLEY, DESIGNED BY MR. H. FARQUHARSON. It siands on a site only 36 feet wide, between an old and a new hou=e on either side. It i- an example of what can be made of a new suburban "villa." The house is " roughcast" with a brick base, and a roof covered with old tiles. A plan is given on page 14. (.Plate II. to face p. 12. In the choice of a locality and site, however, we must be somewhat dependent on the advice of friends, for it may happen that, while the question of county or district has been settled on the first thought of building, we know the selected neighbourhood but slightly. S...