From Van Dweller to Commuter: The Story of a Strenuous Quest for a Home and a Little Hearth and Garden (1907)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 Excerpt: ...man, sturdy of architecture and rustic in design. His mild manner and gentle sympathy dissolved my acrimony. I lingered to talk with him on the subject of attachments, one of which he was then adding to a stable. I became deeply interested in his honest counsel and tendency to modest estimates, --so much so that I had well-nigh missed my next train. He called the next evening to make figures on our job. We were impressed with the quiet, easy manner of his method. Some of them had insisted on measuring everything in sight, from the height of our foundation to the thickness of our picture moulding. After which they had required at least a week to add all these figures together and multiply them by the general area of a lot of things that were somewhere else. They had been critical, too, almost disagreeable, in the matter of my carefully prepared ground-plan and elevations. They had wanted to know if they were to furnish the pitchers and things on the mantel, and the armchair, with a shadow on the firelit floor. Our new man did none of these things. He admired my drawings, and he seemed to know our measurements by intuition. When I had explained to him that we were putting the attachment on the house chiefly to get the fireplaces, and that these must be successful, with proper draught, he entered thoroughly into the spirit of the idea. I led him to the garret and showed him where I desired a wide dormer-window, with broad seat, and diamond-paned hinged sash that opened to the sunrise. How all the way around the room I wanted small uprights, upon which I would myself tack the gray deadening felt that was to cover the wall and the rafters overhead. I pointed to the opening in the roof, where the iron boxcover was to be replaced by a small hinged skylight; to a sp..