Thursday, December 16, 2010

BH&G in 1959: small houses can be elegant

What a sweet little house this is. Once upon a more prosperous time, people were very happy with stylish little houses like these. Today, people expect bedrooms to be the size of living rooms, and kitchens and bathrooms must have every known amenity, but in the final analysis how much of these things are really, truly necessary? Houses like these were built by the thousands in the west with large windows, Douglas fir plywood paneling and pleasant, open beamed ceilings which made small spaces seem more spacious. To me, given the choice between a large, ordinary house and a graceful little house like this, there's simply no contest. I'd get rid of the stuff that didn't fit. Simplify, said Thoreau, and he was right.

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