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If You're Going to Live in the Country by Ormsbee

IF YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY

[Illustration: A RIVERSIDE HOME RECONSTRUCTED FROM THE RUINS OF AN OLD MILL

_Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho_ _Robertson Ward, architect_]

IF YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY

BY THOMAS H. ORMSBEE AND RICHMOND HUNTLEY

[Illustration]

DECORATIONS BY FRANK LIEBERMAN

[Illustration]

THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1937

BY THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper.

MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE VAIL-BALLOU PRESS, INC., BINGHAMTON, N. Y.

To CARROLL and THERESE NICHOLS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

No book that covers so many phases of human relationships could be compiled without taking advice from those who are specialists. When we have wanted to know facts, we have freely turned to others whose detailed knowledge represented long experience. For this assistance we are particularly indebted to: M. Shaler Allen, Bruce Millar, Mrs. Herbert Q. Brown, and George S. Platts; also, to _House & Garden_, in which parts of this book appeared serially; and to Miss Eleanor V. Searing for many hours spent reading manuscript.

New Canaan, Conn. April 1937

CONTENTS

PAGE

INTRODUCTION xi

CHAPTER

I. WHY LIVE IN THE COUNTRY 3

II. SELECTING THE LOCATION 19

III. SHOPPING FOR PROPERTY 35

IV. CALL IN AN ARCHITECT 57

V. BUILDING VERSUS REMODELING 73

VI. LOOKING AN OLD HOUSE IN THE MOUTH 91

VII. NEW SITES FOR OLD HOUSES 105

VIII. THE SMOKE GOES UP THE CHIMNEY 121

IX. THE QUESTION OF WATER SUPPLY 139

X. SEWAGE SAFETY 153

XI. DECORATIONS AND FURNISHINGS 165

XII. THE FACTORY PART OF THE HOUSE 179

XIII. PETS AND LIVESTOCK 191

XIV. TIGHTENING FOR WINTER 203

XV. KEEPING HOME FIRES IN THEIR PLACE 215

XVI. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG 227

XVII. WORKING WITH NATURE 243

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

A riverside home reconstructed from the ruins of an old mill _Frontispiece_ _Robertson Ward, architect. Photo by Gottscho_


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