Ideal Homes of the Thirties [NOOK Book]

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Adapted from a rare 1933 catalog, this volume showcases sixty plans for two-story houses. It features photographs (most in full color), floor plans, and descriptive text that depict a splendid variety of economic styles, including colonial, mission, foursquare, and bungalow. Each house appears in a two-page spread, forming an elegant and highly readable presentation.
The Plan Service Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, published a series of Ideal Homes catalogs in the 1920s and ...
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Adapted from a rare 1933 catalog, this volume showcases sixty plans for two-story houses. It features photographs (most in full color), floor plans, and descriptive text that depict a splendid variety of economic styles, including colonial, mission, foursquare, and bungalow. Each house appears in a two-page spread, forming an elegant and highly readable presentation.
The Plan Service Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, published a series of Ideal Homes catalogs in the 1920s and '30s. This particular issue has been long out of print, and its reissue offers professional architects and armchair renovators alike an authentic look at houses of the era. Daniel D. Reiff, an expert on vintage house design catalogs, provides an informative introduction.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486136653
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Series: Dover Architecture
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
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Ideal Homes of the Thirties


By Daniel D. Reiff

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Daniel D. Reiff
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-13665-3



CHAPTER 1

IDEAL HOMES

of the Thirties


The sloping roof extending over porch, artistic dormers, gabled projection and attached garage at side give this very attractive semi-bungalow type home individuality in design with a rich and inviting appearance. Entry is made through vestibule into spacious living room having fireplace, French door to porch, triple bay windows, stairway to second floor, coat closet, lavatory adjoining, and triple arches along rear wall, the center one being recessed and having open shelves for books and ornamental pieces, with openings at either end, to dining room and to kitchen. The dining room has recessed corner arches. The kitchen is strictly modern, having cabinet with sink in center, chimney for range, clothes chute, refrigerator space, breakfast nook, rear entry adjoining with kitchen closet and doors to garage, basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement includes three bedrooms, hall closet, clothes chute, linen closet and bathroom with tub, shower and built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. Exterior walls are covered with siding. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for recreation room, toilet, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

This English type home with its unusual commanding appearance, combining stateliness, stability and individuality is all that the word beautiful implies. Entrance is made through vestibule into a spacious living room, having a very attractive fireplace, French doors leading to sunroom and breakfast room, plaster arch openings to dining room and hall, all combining to produce a palatial and most magnificent interior. A large kitchen is included in the arrangement with the most modern fixtures and conveniences. The second floor arrangement is very spacious, with extra large rooms and clothes closets, center hall connecting all rooms, extra large bathroom with tile floor and walls, equipped with shower, towel cabinet and electric heater built in wall. The owner's chamber has an attractive design fireplace, two closets and extra closet space that may be utilized for safe or cedar closet. The third floor has ample space for maids' room and bath. Seven-foot basement extends under entire house, with large recreation room fitted with fireplace. Boiler, laundry, toilet, fruit and storage rooms are also provided. No detail has been omitted in the planning of this home to make it thoroughly modern and up-to-date in every particular, both interior and exterior. The exterior is brick, with stucco trim and slate roof. The house is 30 feet in depth by 51 feet in width.

This exceptionally classy Dutch Colonial house is 34 feet in width by 26 feet in depth, exclusive of sun porch. The interior planning is all that could be desired for this style home. The large living room with fireplace, French doors leading to sun porch, large reception hall with grand colonial staircase, vestibule and large dining room, all combine to produce a most magnificent interior. The kitchen is provided with cupboard, chimney for range, breakfast nook, and door to grade landing, leading to basement and outside. The second floor arrangement is very convenient and attractive, having four bedrooms, including the parlor chamber, each room having large closets, and connecting with center hall. A brick water table extends around entire house, with wide lap siding above. Basement under entire house, equipped with laundry tubs, vegetable cellar, and dust-proof coal bin. Hot water heat is recommended. Height of ceilings: First floor, 9 feet; second floor, 8 feet.

This attractive semi-bungalow is very unique in design and a very popular modern type. Entrance is made through vestibule to small center hall with stairway to second floor and arched openings to living room and dining room. The living room is very spacious and well lighted and has a fireplace and recessed arch opening with open shelves for books or ornamental pieces. The kitchen is very complete with a cabinet having sink in center and another cabinet with refrigerator space, chimney for range, clothes chute, breakfast nook adjoining, door to garage and door to rear entry leading to basement and outdoors. Two good size bedrooms are located on second floor with a lounge adjoining one of the rooms. The bathroom has a clothes chute and built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for recreation room, toilet, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed if desired. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

The combination stone and siding front wall, glazed vestibule with copper roof and artistic design of side porch combine to produce the luxurious exterior of this attractive home. The vestibule entry leads to large living room having fireplace, French door to side porch and to sunroom with recessed arches on each side, stairway to second floor and door to breakfast nook. The sunroom has a coat closet and lavatory adjoining. The kitchen is modern in every respect, having cabinet with sink and window opening in center and refrigerator space at end, chimney for range, breakfast nook adjoining with cabinet and clothes chute, door to two-car garage and door to rear entry leading to basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement includes three bedrooms, clothes chute, half closet, and bathroom with built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. The exterior walls are of siding except stone portion of front wall. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for recreation room, toilet, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

This strictly new type home embodies the English design so much in demand today. The house is 30 feet in width by 29 feet in depth, exclusive of the sunroom, breakfast room and vestibule projections. Entrance is made through vestibule to reception hall with triple plaster arch opening to living room, which is provided with fireplace, French doors leading to sunroom and triple plaster arch opening to dining room. The kitchen is very spacious and thoroughly up-to-date, having ample cabinet space, sweepings chute, breakfast room projection, door to landing, leading to second floor, also door to grade entry hall. The second floor arrangement includes three large bedrooms, each having large closets and connected to center hall, which has a linen and broom closet, also door to stairway, leading to third floor, where maid's room, bath, cedar and storage closets are provided. Seven-foot basement under entire house, with boiler, vegetable, laundry and recreation room.

This Colonial home is 32 feet in width by 30 feet in depth. The interior arrangement is very spacious and embodies all the latest features of the up-to-date home, with exceptional large living room, having fireplace and triple plaster arch opening into dining room, cozy breakfast room with cabinets, and thoroughly modern kitchen having ample cabinet space, broom closet, chute for sweepings, and door to grade landing, leading to basement and outdoors. Three good size bedrooms are provided on second floor, each having large closets and connecting to center hall and bathroom. A brick water table extends around house, with wide lap siding above. Seven-foot basement under entire house, fitted with boiler, vegetable, laundry and recreation rooms.

This English type home with walls of brick slightly varied in color, natural wood trim, brown stained, neat appearing semi-recessed flat-roof dormers and artistic entrance porch is a decided departure in architectural design and extremely rich in appearance. Entrance is made through vestibule to center hall which has triple arched openings, to living room, dining room and rear hall with stairway, doors to kitchen and to double garage, and roomy lavatory with built-in vanity. The spacious living room is well lighted and has a fireplace. French door to sunroom, and recessed arches with open shelves for books and ornamental pieces. The dining room is extra large and has recessed corner arches with cabinet space below and open shelves above. The kitchen is good size and has cabinets along outside walls with sink and window openings in center, chimney for range, refrigerator space, breakfast room adjoining with clothes chute, and door to rear entry leading to basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement is very compact and has four good size bedrooms, hall closet, linen closet, clothes chute and two bathrooms, each with built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. Seven-foot basement under entire house, with abundant space for extra large recreation room, lavatory, laundry, furnace, fruit, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

This magnificent Southern-style Colonial home is truly the Home Beautiful. The columns in entrance way and supporting projected roof over terrace give this home a palatial and extra rich appearance. Entrance is made through vestibule to center hall, which has a lavatory, large coat closet, living room and dining room. The large living room is well lighted and has a fireplace, bay window at rear, and recessed arches with open shelves for books and ornamental pieces. The dining room is good size, and has recessed corner arches with cabinet space below and open or enclosed shelves above, and has swinging door to adjoining kitchen. The kitchen is very roomy and strictly modern, having cabinets entire length of two walls with sink and window opening in center, refrigerator space, chimney for range, and breakfast room adjoining with clothes chute, cabinet, and door to second floor stairway. The second floor arrangement includes a master bedroom and three other bedrooms, each having large closets, and a large bathroom with tub, shower, clothes chute and a built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. The exterior walls are of siding. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for large recreation room, lavatory, laundry, furnace, vegetable, fruit and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

This attractive full two-story house is 34 feet in width by 26 feet in depth. The interior arrangement is very spacious and embodies all conveniences. The large center hall, having grand staircase, dining room on one side, with large living room on other side, having fireplace and French doors leading into sunroom, all combine in producing a thoroughly practical and strictly modern interior. The kitchen is provided with cupboard, chimney for range, breakfast nook, door leading to center hall, also door to grade landing, leading to basement and outdoors. There are four large roomy chambers on second floor, each having ample closet space, with access to center hall and bathroom. A linen closet, clothes chute, and rear balcony for airing bedding are included in the floor plan arrangement. A brick water table extends around house, with wide lap siding above. Basement under entire house, fitted with laundry tubs, storage room, vegetable cellar and dust-proof coal bin. Hot water heat recommended. Height of ceilings: First floor, 9 feet; second floor, 8 feet 3 inches.

This magnificent English type home is 40 feet, 6 inches in width by 30 feet in depth, exclusive of sunroom projection. The double gable effect, stone trim entrance and attractive roof design, all combine in producing an exterior so much desired but seldom obtained in English type designing. The interior planning, with vestibule entrance and closet adjoining, reception hall with artistic plaster arch openings to living room, dining room and grand staircase, large living room with unique design fireplace, and French doors leading to porch and to sunroom, makes this a most palatial interior arrangement. The kitchen is very roomy and equipped with latest design fixtures and conveniences, and has a door to rear entry hall with broom closet adjoining. A toilet room is located between dining room and kitchen and may be utilized for breakfast room if so desired. The second floor arrangement includes three extra large chambers, each with roomy closets and connected with center hall. The bathroom is very good size, has tile floor and walls, up-to-date fixtures, including shower, towel cabinet, clothes locker and electric heater built in hall. The third floor arrangement provides for maids' room and bath, storage and cedar closets. Seven-foot basement extends under entire house, with large recreation room, boiler, laundry, preserve, storage and toilet rooms.

Plain lines and exterior walls of siding give this home a very cozy and inviting appearance. The large living room has a fireplace, French door to sunroom, arched opening to stairway hall with lavatory adjoining and French door to dining room. The kitchen has a cabinet with sink in center, chimney for range, clothes chute, refrigerator space, door to two-car garage in rear, and door to side entry leading to basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement includes three bedrooms, clothes chute, hall closet and linen closet, and bathroom with built-in vanity with wall space for mirror between two casement windows. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for recreation room, toilet, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed if desired. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

Combining stone and siding for front wall with upper portion projected over lower wall, artistic entrance design and side porch make a very effective and pleasing exterior design. Entry is made through vestibule to center hall, with coat closet, triple arched openings to living room, dining room and rear hall housing lavatory and stairway. The spacious living room is well lighted and has a fireplace and recessed arches with open shelves for books and ornamental pieces. The dining room has a recessed corner arch with cabinet space below and open or enclosed shelves above, and door to side porch. The kitchen has a cabinet with sink and window opening in center, chimney for range, refrigerator space, breakfast nook adjoining with clothes chute, and doors to two-car garage and to rear entry leading to basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement includes four bedrooms, hall closet, clothes chute and bathroom with tub, shower and built-in vanity. The exterior is of siding except stone portion of front wall. Seven-foot basement under entire house with space for recreation room, toilet, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment optional. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.

This exceptional attractive California style home is 28 feet 4 inches in width, by 30 feet 4 inches in depth, exclusive of vestibule and sunroom. The interior arrangement is very spacious and luxurious. The large living room with fireplace, having French doors on either side, leading to vestibule and to sunroom, and artistic bookcase arch leading into dining room, makes a perfect interior. A cozy breakfast nook is located between dining room and kitchen, with entrance to combination staircase, leading to second floor. The kitchen has a cupboard, chimney for range, and door to grade landing, leading to basement and outdoors. Four bedrooms are located on second floor, each having ample closet space and connected to small center hall and bathroom. Basement under entire house, fitted with laundry tubs, vegetable cellar, and dust-proof coal bin. Height of ceilings: First floor, 9 feet; second floor, 8 feet.

NOTE: Lumber, brick or a combination of both may be substituted in place of stucco.

The projected brick wall vestibule and fireplace chimney and shingled walls produce a very pleasing and attractive exterior. Entrance is made through vestibule into large well-lighted living room having fireplace, French doors to library or sunroom, lavatory adjoining with built-in vanity, and arched entrance to stairway, and to dining room, which is concealed from view but may have an arched entrance in living room wall partition. The kitchen is provided with cabinet with sink in center, chimney for range, clothes chute, breakfast nook adjoining, door to double garage and door to rear entry leading to basement and outdoors. The second floor arrangement is ideal, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, clothes chute and abundant closet space. The main bathroom has a built-in vanity and the private bathroom has a built-in shower. Maid's room and bathroom as well as additional closet and storage room may be provided on third floor. Exterior walls are covered with shingles except portion of front wall and vestibule of brick as shown in illustration. Seven-foot basement under entire house with ample space for recreation room, toilet room, laundry, furnace, vegetable and storage rooms. Hot water heating plant with oil burner equipment is recommended. Air-conditioning equipment may be installed. Ceiling height, first floor, 8 feet 3 inches; second floor, 8 feet.


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Table of Contents

Contents

DOVER BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Introduction to the Dover Edition,
Foreword,
IDEAL HOMES - of the Thirties,
PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS,

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    Posted March 19, 2012

    Classic Middle Class Home Plans of the 1930s

    Informative Preface and then lots of plans with front elevation drawing or photo. Appendix of construction drawing costs gives a quick summary of home size / complexity of design. Interesting review of middle class home design from the 1930s, with vanities, central a/c, laundry chutes, and kitchen sweeping chutes. A fun "read".

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