Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sporting Lodge

From time to time as an author you need to describe a place and what is where within a room. Below is a Sporting Lodge from The Country House ©1883

Below is a chart to what is in each room.

The description from the source:
The following is entirely a ground-floor erection, in which warmth and ventilation, privacy and facility of access to all the rooms, have been carefully studied. It contains a general sitting-room, in which six or eight persons may dine with comfort; a bedroom, with wardrobes and toilet conveniences for a gentleman and lady; a library or gentleman's room, entered from the porch as well as from the hall, and fitted with bookshelves, gun and tackle closet, washing and boot closet, and ample space for a "shakedown" for a bachelor friend.
The hall separates the rooms from the offices, and in it are large closet for china, glass, and stores, a linen-closet, and water-closet, with porch entrance at one end, and a glass door to the garden at the other. The kitchen is sufficiently large for such a manage: it has a modern cooking range, hot plate, a convenient pantry, a larder or dairy, with stairs leading to two chambers in the roof over kitchen and hall, and to the cellar under tho hall, pantry, and china closet. A lean-to at the end of the kitchen provides a roomy washhouse and bakehouse, where most of the kitchen work may be done.
The out-offices, stables, kennels, &c, will be arranged according to the special requirements of the case.
The walls of the house and kitchen will be 9ft. to the eaves, and by nailing the ceiling joists of the library, sitting-room, and bedroom 3ft. up the rafters, a neat coved ceiling 12ft. high may be obtained. The materials will be those which are most readily obtained on the site, and the roof covering either of slate, tiles, or thatch of reeds or heather. The style of elevation must be left to the taste of the proprietor; it can be either simple or ornamental, domestic, Gothic, or Swiss; but it will be most desirable to assimilate it to the natural features of the surrounding scenery.

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