Modernizing farmhouses. Page: 14
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14 FARMERS BULLETIN 1749
A pleasing exterior of the farm home is not to be assured without
careful study of the various elements that form the completed picture.
These elements are the walls and roof, which influence the
FIGURE 10.-A square outline FIGURE 11.-Windows, doors, FIGURE 12.-Balance can
(A) lacks variety, an oblong and chimneys add interest, be achieved with either
outline (B) obtains variety because they indicate use, symmetrical (A) or
in greater length than in either a house (A) or a nonsymmetrical ( B )
height, and an irregular out- barn (B), arrangement of doors
line (C) gives still greater and windows.
interest to the silhouette.
proportions or mass effect (fig. 10), and the windows, dormers, doors,
porches, entries, chimneys, exterior trim, and paint, which are means
of attaining interesting detail (fig. 11). The relation of height to
width should be studied for mass effect. A building kept "close to
the ground " seems to grow from the
soil and has the appearance of solidity,
but a house on too high a foundation
gives an impression of restlessness.
Doors and win_H
_ _dows should be
spaced to produce
a pleasing A
which may be
13.-An example ca or nonsymof
poor balance cal or nonsymmetrical.
arrangement can produce an effect of
balance (fig. 12), but poor balance is B
likely to result if windows and doors FIGURE 14.-A porch should harare
merely openings through the walls house , Porch with roof lines
without regard to location and size Wackin t n harmony; B porch
(fig. 13). with harmonious roof lines.
From the standpoint of appearance, a porch is often difficult to
add to a home satisfactorily. For example, in figure 14, A the porch
appears to be but an extended strip of the main roof bent across the
front. It is obviously a cheaper type of construction than the rest
of the house and is therefore out of keeping with it. In figure 14,
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Ashby, Wallace, b. 1890 & Nash, Walter H. (Walter Howard), 1896-. Modernizing farmhouses., book, April 1936; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3410/m1/16/: accessed October 1, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.