A Rustic Bungalow
by Helen Lukens Gaut
For an expenditure of $1,000, it would be difficult to obtain better results than are shown in this thoroughly artistic and convenient little bungalow of five rooms, bath, veranda, screen porch, and roomy attic. The house is built on a lot 75 by 200, and faces the east. The 18 by 12 living-room and 14 by 12 dining room are at the front, and have outlook into a charming California garden. the floor of the 16 by 8 veranda is cemented, while flowering vines clamber about the support posts and reach across the opening, making cool, fragrant screens. The porch-rail is of six-inch redwood slats, topped by a 2 by 8 timber, which makes a rest for potted plants.
The house sits close to the ground, on a foundation of cobblestones. There is a brick chimney. The roof is covered with shakes instead of the customary shingles, and by this means the rustic effect is increased. The eaves have a lap of eighteen inches. The house if built after a type called "box house," and in construction is extremely simple. The exterior walls are unplaned boards, 1 by 12, running up and down, the joints being covered with three-inch batons. Half-way between the ceiling and floor line, a board 1 by 4 circles the house, after the fashion of a barrel hoop, and acts as a support.
The boards forming the exterior walls are planed on one side to make a neat interior panel. Thus it will be seen that one thickness of board answers for both exterior and interior wall. The interior paneling extends up to the plate-rail, which circles living-room and dining-room on the upper line of window and door casings. Above the plate-rail is a beautifully rained redwood board, eighteen inches wide, which forms a frieze. Connecting this with the ceiling is a timer 3 by 6. The ceilings are of 1 by 4 V and center V, and are supported by 4 by 4 pine beams places three feet apart. Redwood predominates in the building, Oregon pine being used only floors and ceiling beams. The floors throughout the house are of three-inch tongue and grove (sic) Oregon pine. The alcove on one side of the living-room is just the space for a large cozy couch and soft bright pillows. In the south end of the living-room, where it catches wealth of sunbeams, is a pretty window-ledge, one foot wide and six long. Below and on either side of this are shelves for books. This arrangement, along with the lattice window with their dainty hangings, is most attractive. There is a similar window-ledge on the east side of the dining-room. The south bedroom is partially inclosed on one end and one side, by a three-foot width of canvas, after the fashion of tent-houses. It makes an airy, healthful sleeping room. In the adjoining bedroom is a ladder stairway leading into the attic, which is floored, thus making a fire large storeroom. The kitchen is well equipped with cupboards, drawers, sink, and other convenience. There is a "cooler" on the north side. There are two stationary tubs on the screen porch, and best of porcelain fixtures in the bath-room. No paint has been used about the house. Both exterior and interior have been given a coat of wood stain. This preserves the wood, and where no color is used leaves the wood its natural shade, darkening it just a trifle. The interior paneling of redwood, treated in this way, is rich and beautiful in appearance.
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Source: Gaut, Helen Lukens. "A Rustic Bungalow." House Beautiful, Vol. XXIV No. 4 (September 1908): 95.
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