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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 18, 1947, Image 128

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Front view of the house, which is marked by simplicity in design.
By ROBERT J. LEWIS
tool Estate Editor J
(Material for this series on homes in the District area designed by mem
bers of the Washington Chapter, American Institute of Architects is being
furnished for publication in The Sunday Star Pictorial Magazine through
arrangements made by a chapter committee composed of Harry E. Ormston
Ben H. Dyer and Frank J. Duane.)
TTERE IS a home in the Kensington
area which achieved the primary
goal of its builder: Lots of space without
frills at an economical cost.
It is a comparatively big house located
on about three acres of land, yet it was
built on a limited budget. Over-all dimen
sions—not Including a screened-in porch
on twb sides of the house—are: Width,
60 feet; depth, 25 feet.
Besides three second-floor bedrooms
(one 14 by 15 feet, another 12 by 14 and
a third 9 Vi by 121. there is a first-floor
study (9 by 10) which could be used as
a fourth bedroom.
Tile architect, Branch Elam, designed
the house on an “open” plan to create
an impression of interior spaciousness.
Thus, the dining room and living room,
as you can see by the floor plan, are not
separated by doors, but form one large,
L-shaped room. Dimensions of the living
room alone are 15 feet 4 inches by 22 feet.
In keeping with the needs of a family
with children, the home has two bath
rooms, one on the first floor and the
other on the second. Closets are numer
ous and big, and there is a two-thirds
basement which provides additional
storage room.
When the owner set out to provide a
home for his family of four, he sought
a lot large enough for a garden that
also would provide space for the children
to play. Adjoining the site on the south
is an estate of 16 acres and to the east
one of 12 acres.
The house was placed to face east,
but with the living portions facing
southeast. Large steel-casement windows
in the living room, dining room and
bedrooms take advantage of fine views.
The land slopes gently away from the
house to the east, south and southwest.
The first floor is of brick veneer con
struction, painted an oyster white. The
second floor is of stained California
redwood siding. The photo shows how
well the architect harmonized these two
materials.
In designing the house, Mr. Elam said,
the controlling objective was simplicity.
Walls, for example, are of painted sand
Anished plaster. Doors are of the flush
panel type. Concealed convectors pro
vide heat with forced hot water from
an oil-flred furnace.
The property has its own septic tank,
and water comes from a 125-foot-deep
well.
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