The growth of a wish of late, among
the mercantile, professional and working classes, for a better
architectural effect in houses designed solely for themselves,
and the increased requirements of our progressive citizenship,
are facts with which the architect of the present day has to
reckon, if his practice runs on these lines, which should be by
no means an uninteresting branch of his profession.
In the following pages an effort
has been made—and one which we think has been completely
successful—to produce just such houses as will meet these wider
and commendable aspirations of the great bulk of the American
people to own and live in houses that are comfortable, healthy
and of the very best design commensurable with their cost.
The works of the best architects in
this line have been secured, and care has been taken that each
plan, elevation and detail, and general character of finish,
internal and external, will harmonize and be in keeping with the
whole when completed.
To design a house complete
throughout within close economic limits, is one of the most
difficult propositions an architect can undertake.
Yet, we find
very handsome and comfortable houses designed and built, for a
sum so small that it becomes a matter of amazement when the cost
and building are compared with the cost of buildings no better
This result is not a matter of
haphazard, it is the finishing stroke of genius and painstaking;
and we have hunted over the whole of this great country, from
Galveston to Alaska, and Maine to the Pacific coast, for artists
gifted with this rare power, and we confess to having found but
a few, and we have not been slow in securing the services of
most of those found.
And this fact gives us unbounded confidence
in the quality of the work we present herewith to our readers,
as we feel certain that no work ever before published in this or
in any other country can show such comfortable, cozy, and
artistic houses as can this book and our Hodgson's "Low Cost
FRED T. HODGSON.