In yet another type of house the entrance consists of three parts, (1) porch, (2) vestibule, (3) entrance hall. This entrance may be placed in the middle of the house with rooms on either side. (See Plan No. 2.) Or, if there be a narrow lot or a west exposure, in which case it is desirable to shield the front entrance, it may begin with a porch which is on the front and extends to the side, opening into a vestibule which leads into a hall. (See Plan No. 3).
PLAN No. 4. Northern Entrance Protected by Porch and Projecting Room. West Dining Room Not so Desirable. Fine Porch on the East.
PHOTOGRAPH OF HOUSE SHOWN IN PLAN No. 4.
PLAN No. 5. Excellent Plan for Small House. Faces South. Good Arrangement of Windows in Living Room, Library and Living Room Combined. Study Upstairs. Scale 1/16 inch=l foot.
Another type of entrance at the side is shown in Plan No. 4. There is no porch on the front here and the reception hall with its bay window is quite an attractive room.
In any case the vestibule proves a most desirable addition. It makes the transition from the outside to the inside more gradual, prevents the direct passage of the cold air into the body of the house, provides a place for wraps, overshoes, umbrellas, and contributes to the comfort of both hostess and caller.
Plan No. 5. This illustration shows a very convenient and comfortable arrangement of floor space in a rather small house. In this plan a small amount of space used as hall gives convenient access to the reception room, living room, kitchen and stairs. The reception room is large enough for the formal caller, while the living room is a very attractive and well lighted room. The second story shows a good arrangement.
No mention has been made of the porte-cochere or side entrance, which is so desirable in country or sub-urban houses. The connection is sometimes made by a side porch which connects with the front one and the guests pass in at the front door. Often this is not desirable as it results sometimes in bringing the guests into the midst of a company when no opportunity has been given them to put aside their wraps. It is better if the side porch can connect directly with a side hall and thus admit the guests to the stairs without passing among the company.
Rear of House with Glazed and Screened Living Porch Below find Sleeping Porch Above.
HOUSE IN TRACY, CHICAGO. Living Room, Hall and Dining Room Combined; Ingle Nook and Play Room are Attractive Features; Finished Chamber and Large Attic on Third Floor.
Von Holst and Fry, Architects. Chicago.
VIEW OF HOUSE No. 5 FROM THE SOUTHEAST.
It is well to remember what seems to be a rather recent development in house-planning; viz.: that the best porch for family use is not necessarily the front porch. A southerly exposure, which for many reasons is desirable, does not give a pleasant afternoon front porch; but if a porch be placed on the east side, the family may enjoy shade and freedom from the publicity of the front entrance at the same time. (See Plan No. 2.) A good porch, someone has said, "is the most valuable room in the house." It is certainly a bit of space that yields as much comfort as any room, now that we have learned to have roomy, comfortable porches and to live on them. Plan No. 6 shows a small entrance porch with a comfortable porch for the family on the east connected with the living room.
PLAN No. 6. Family Porch on the East of the Living Room. Only One Staircase, but Well Placed to Serve Double Purpose. Servants' Sitting Room.