The last twenty years have shown greater strides in the march of progress, so far as the home is concerned, than the two or three hundred years preceding them.
The early years of the twentieth century marked a new tone in domestic life—the world suddenly woke up to the fact that, as the greater part of a woman’s life was spent in her home, something should be done to make it habitable for her, and efforts made to render her life easier. Architects of previous decades had considered it infra dig. to regard the woman’s point of view.
Telephone, electricity, central heating and radio, although in existence when we were young, have now long passed the experimental stage and may be regarded as necessities rather than luxuries. The use of asbestos in building construction is a modern improvement which has not received its due meed of credit—hygienic, light, cheap and fireproof, and withal, strong enough for all practical purposes, it is an ideal accessory to the small house.
The most notable post-war change for the better is the growth in popularity of the small house, and the decay of the large establishment, which required staffs of servants to regulate. With the modern labour-saving devices and the small houses or flats, the housewife of to-day is able to complete all the daily routine of the home, and still have ample time for outside interests.