THE site is the first item for consideration. It should be chosen so that plenty of sunshine and open surroundings are obtainable. Modern conveniences must be available if possible, and shopping, educational, recreation and travelling facilities are also important.
The site having been chosen, the plan must be drawn up so that the most is made of the space available, with due regard to accommodation and economy.
If the house is large enough, it is essential for domestic comfort to have a separate maids sitting-room. Even in the smallest houses to-day this can be contrived and will do much to allay friction between the household and servants.
The kitchen should be so designed as to give every facility for running the house with the maximum of comfort and the minimum of labour. Every article placed in it should be carefully thought out to avoid waste of space.
The Disposition of Furniture
CARE must also be given to the disposition of furniture. Rooms must be carefully studied with regard to wall and floor space. The house must not be divorced from furnishing and decorating. In planning a house the architect must bear these factors in mind.
The disposition of fireplaces in relation to doors and windows must be thought out in detail. There is nothing more uncomfortable than a fireplace arranged so that draughts appear to be welcomed and cannot be excluded, whilst cosiness and comfort seem to be entirely ignored.
Planning the Windows
WINDOWS also require careful planning. They must be placed at a convenient height, bearing in mind also that too much window space is just as uncomfortable as too little.
The general proportion in planning is to take one-tenth of the floor space. Too many windows may be admirable in summer, but in winter they tend to make the rooms cold.
Labour-saving devices are now a feature of every modern home. These really mean the elimination of a large amount of what was originally hard work.
Fitted wardrobes and cupboards dispense with pieces of furniture. Doors fitted flush with the walls eliminate a great deal of cleaning.
A Hardwood Floor
A HARDWOOD floor is one of the greatest labour-savors, especially in kitchen quarters. With the latter a tiled floor with coved skirting is vermin-proof and is easily kept clean.
Heating and lighting must be well thought out. The most suitable systems for individual requirements and the site should be chosen. There are many designs on the market, and the cheapest are not always the most economical.
One last point, your house and your garden should be in harmony with their surroundings and each other.