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Houses big, houses small
on January 28, 2010
From a tiny four-room hip-roofed cottage (the second plan) to comfortable seven- and eight-room middle-class houses to a sprawling ten-room mansion with space for a boys' dorm in the attic, this Dover reprint carries out the usual quality of its line and provides a good look at a wide sample of houses from the mid-1870's. Each plan includes a floorplan, an elevation sketch (sometimes more than one), and often builder's specs and/or some decorative details. You may occasionally need a magnifying glass (which is the main reason I only give it four stars), and you will definitely want a ruler if you're trying to get an accurate idea of scale and size, but if you enjoy getting a feel for the kinds of homes in which our Victorian ancestors lived, this volume definitely belongs on your shelves.