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Tuscan Home Plans

Home plans for a cubical cottage home in the Tuscan style.

This Tuscan home design presents an elevation adapted to almost any situation, and may be built of any materials most readily obtained though it is supposed, as in the picture below, to be built of brick and stucco.

Tuscan Home
Tuscan Home.

The style is a very simple and unpretending modification of the Tuscan or modern Italian architecture the roof rising six feet in the centre and projecting two and a half feet at the eaves, the window-dressings simple and bold in character.

An arbor-veranda, the roof of which is nothing more than open trellis bars, and covered with grape vines planted at the base of each post, forms the cheap and appropriate decoration, as well as the characteristic and comfortable feature of this cottage design.

An arbor-veranda of this kind may, if the house is built of wood, be constructed of rustic work at a very inexpensive cost. To build a complete veranda, of the size indicated in the picture below (ten feet wide), and around three sides of this cottage, would be quite too costly to comport with the rest of the plan though, with slight alterations of the interior, the whole might be raised in character so much as to become a cottage villa, when the veranda would very properly be constructed in the most solid manner.

Tuscan Floor Plan
Tuscan Floor Plan.

A most comfortable, convenient, and compact arrangement is afforded in the interior of this home design. A hall or passage, 10 by 11 feet, opening into the parlor, gives an impression of more space and elegance than is generally received in homes of this size; and the position of the stairs, placed by themselves in a space 8 by 11 feet, not only enables the occupants of this design to use the front hall, occasionally, as a little vestibule or small apartment, but gives the staircase that privacy more commonly found in a villa than in a cottage arrangement.

The livingroom, bedroom, and kitchen have that immediate connection so desirable to families living in houses of moderate size - when the main points are, to employ the least domestic assistance in household labors, and to have every thing under the personal care of the mistress.

The kitchen is a one-story wing of the same height as the arbor-veranda, with the roof on the same level, so as to correspond externally with this veranda. The kitchen is 10 by 16 feet, with two closets at one end, and a back porch (behind the pantry), in which is the back door at the other end.

The second floor of this cottage, in the picture below, shows four good bed-rooms.

Tuscan Chamber Floor
Tuscan Chamber Floor.

A variation on the main plan: By changing the position of the fireplaces or flues from the partition wall between the two principal rooms to the other partition - viz. between the bedroom and living-room, and between the parlor and hall - which would only require a slight alteration in the position of the doors - the two principal rooms can be connected, with large sliding or folding doors. This, retaining the rest as it is, would give more elegance, but perhaps less convenience, for the majority of those who would build this Tuscan style home design.

Let us modify the design a little further, and besides throwing these two parlors into one, by sliding doors, let us suppose the veranda carried all round the house, and the kitchen placed in the basement, and we have an arrangement much more villa-like, but one also costing more at first, and involving a much greater annual expenditure for servants to perform the necessary labor. It becomes, in fact, a small villa, exceeding, as it does, the limits normally set for cottages.

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