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Very nice resource for lovers of vintage house plans 5. Januar 2011
Von S. L. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf
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Two important FYIs about "Best Homes of the 1920s":

1) It is a Dover publication, and is an unabridged republication of a 1928 title by Standard Homes Company, published originally under the different name "Better Homes At Lower Cost"
2) There are no interior illustrations or photos (important to some vintage home fans)

It's a small book at about 8 by 11 inches, but it delivers a hugely valuable snapshot of American homes from a different era. I collect all these books because:

1) I keep hoping I might stumble across a house I actually have seen or been in
2) I love imagining how I would renovate any of these homes for modern living
3) I imagine the families that looked at these plans and wonder why they selected one in particular to build

These plans document very different and rather quaint values compared to today's homes. Some things I observed from looking at this book:

1) Homes in the 1920s are starting to have more than one bathroom, but rarely more than two full baths
2) A lot of kitchens have en suite eating nooks, much like in bungalow kitchens, but many are really their own separate rooms
3) Closets are getting more numerous, but still small by today's standards
4) Porches, sun parlors, and sleeping porches are still a popular carry-over from the late 1800s
5) Garages are not yet attached to most homes (that comes later as seen in house plan collections of the 1930s)

I chuckled at a few plans that had "lavatories" with no toilet, only a sink, and were located in hallways. It's as though the architects were not really sure this running water fad was going to stick or not. And even though all the drawings are in black and white (some look like they might be actual photographs), the plans come alive with architectural detail.

Also, every house plan is accompanied by its own oddly philosophical description, as unique as each home's roofline. My favorite is from the plan named "The Findlay":

"The happiest homes ... are those in which the woman takes the most sacred part, and uses her secret power to guide for permanent good. Any woman who is mated to the man of her choice, and is permitted to enjoy freedom in a home like The Findlay can surely make it a paradise for worldly peace."

Ahhh, what a lovely sentiment. Now tell me, who in today's real estate market takes "worldy peace" into consideration when selecting a home? Collections of house plans like this remind us of a time when towns were populated by genuine neighborhoods and not mass developments.
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One of Dover's best 31. Juli 2012
Von Chrijeff - Veröffentlicht auf
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Clear, sharp plans (in good black ink!) and handsome photographs make this book easy to look through and its examples easy to visualize oneself living in. Most of these houses are in a Colonial style, with three or four bedrooms; many have a half-bath (called a "lavatory") on the first floor as well as a conventional full one upstairs; sun parlors and porches (some roofed, some not) are ubiquitous; every bedroom has at least one closet, and some of those closets (as in the "Glendale" bungalow on page 59) are downright huge! These are the kind of good "starter homes" that line the streets of our older suburbs and, having long since paid off their construction costs, would make a more-than-adequate solution for people longing to get out from under the thumbs of landlords. (When you look at the photos, it's clear that most have attics and basements, and of course a garage--five harmonious one- and two-car models are shown on the last page--could usually be found on the lot by this era.) And, of course, like all the Dover plan books, this one is a great resource for anyone trying to get a picture of how Great-Grandpa and his family lived in the prosperous days that followed the Great War.
Serve your imagination! 14. Januar 2015
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This is a very nice booklet. I have used it as a discussion base about architecture. Home builders have found here better "starting points" than in many modern bild atlases of industrial home manifacturers.

(I have a nasty online attaccer, some Hectoccor or resp. and I hope that he/she has no feet to go on over this very modest evaluation.)
Love those houses 20. Juni 2013
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I love to look at all the old houses I grew up with. These books are all somewhat repetitive but that's OK.
Five Stars 6. Juli 2015
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I love older homes and I enjoy reviewing the architecture of the day. This book has some interesting homes.
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