Build Your Dream House

Table of contents

LETTER I.    
EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE A HOME 
LETTER II.   
A GRATEFUL CLIENT 
LETTER III.  
THE BEAUTY OF TRUTH AND UTILITY 
LETTER IV.  
PROFESSIONAL FOLLY

LETTER XXVI.
 EXPERIENCE KEEPS A DEAR SCHOOL 
LETTER XXVII.
 FASHION AND ORNAMENT, HARD WOOD AND PAINT 
LETTER XXVIII.
 THOUGHT PROVOKES INQUIRY 
LETTER XXIX.
 CONSISTENCY, COMFORT, AND CARPETS 
LETTER XXX.
 AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE, POTATOES AND
POSTSCRIPTS 
LETTER XXXI.
 DOMESTIC-SERVICE REFORM 
LETTER XXXII.
 GO TO; LET US BUILD A TOWER 
LETTER XXXIII.
 BASEMENTS AND BALCONIES
LETTER XXXIV.
 FOUR ROOMS ENOUGH 
LETTER XXXV.
 CONVENIENCES AND CONJECTURES
LETTER XXXVI.
 THE LESSON OF THE ICE-HOUSE 
LETTER XXXVII.
 SHINGLES, SUNSHINE, AND FRESH AIR 
LETTER XXXVIII.
 WHERE THE DOCTORS DIFFER 
LETTER XXXIX.
 HOW TO DO IT 
LETTER XL.
 THE BREATH OF LIFE 
LETTER XLI.
 ETERNAL VIGILANCE 

PREFACE.

These  letters  between  the  architect  and  his  friends  are  composed  of  hints  and suggestions relating to the building of homes. Their aim is to give practical information to those about to build, and to strengthen the growing demand for better and truer work. Even those  who are  not yet ready to build for themselves  are  seldom  without an instinctive longing  to do  so at some  future time, and a lively concern in  the present achievements of their  friends and neighbors, in this direction.  Such will, I trust, find something interesting and instructive in these pages, and be moved thereby to a more cordial hatred of whatever is false and useless, and love for the simple and true.