HINTS TO HOUSE-BUILDERS
Avoid such lots as will require your house to face North. Have your living rooms to face South always, if possible. Put your hall on the North side of the house. Don’t spoil your sunny windows by stretching a piazza outside which will keep the sun away. Live in your pleasantest room. Build no parlors to shut up; what is good enough for you is good enough for visitors.
219 Second Street (House), Thomas, Jefferson County, AL ca. 1890 (by Sue Benz, Historical Survey, HAER AL-114 Library of Congress)
Have a bow window in your living room. Make your windows large, and enough of them. Have plenty of good closets. A goodly pantry and a closet should be connected with the kitchen. Build a fire-place in your living room.
The height of your rooms should be one-third the sum of the width and length of your living room.
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