Living Room

1. A rectangular-shaped room is more desirable than a square one as it provides for a more convenient and pleasing furniture arrangement.

2. Plan for cross-ventilation, for sunshine, and also prevailing breeze.

3. Plan the living room for the best possible view that the building site affords.

4. There should be direct access to the dining room, to an out-of-door terrace, if one is included, and to outdoor living areas.

5. Plan wall space free from windows and doors for the pieces of furniture that require it.

6. Plan the room with the size of the family in mind, and the needs, activities, and desires of its individual members.

The Dining Room

1. The size of the dining room will depend upon the size of the family and the family's custom of entertaining.

2. A space of three feet or more between the table and the wall or the large pieces of furniture is desirable for ease in serving.

3. If the dining room is to provide for as many as six or eight persons, a room rectangular in shape is preferable to one that is square.

4. Plan for plenty of light, a view, and some sunshine if possible.

5. Easy access to the kitchen is essential.

6. Built-in cupboards, and pass closets to the kitchen, are particularly desirable for small houses.


1. Cross-ventilation is an essential in good bedroom planning.

2. Plan the bedroom sufficiently large to allow for the necessary pieces of furniture and additional free space.

3. Allow wall space free from windows and doors for beds, dressers, chests, and other high pieces of furniture, and provide for a location for the bed that will receive plenty of air and that will be such that the bed may be easily reached from either side.

4. Plan bedrooms for privacy and with direct access from the hall.

5. Provide for easy access to bathrooms.

6. An adequate closet should be planned for each bedroom and when two persons occupy one room two closets are desirable.


Miss Greta Gray has included the following considerations in kitchen planning in the pamphlet Convenient Kitchens:1

1. First, last, and all the time, in planning and equipping a kitchen, think about the work to be done in it.

2. If building or remodeling a kitchen, make it oblong and with no more floor space than actually needed. A kitchen is a workroom. Spaciousness is paid for in miles of extra steps.

3. Study the relation of the kitchen to the rest of the house. Make a direct connection from kitchen to dining room in the common wall between them. See to it also that there is easy access to front and back doors, to the telephone, to the stairs, to the cellar, and to the second floor.

4. Arrange for adequate ventilation in all weathers and for good lighting at all work centers at night as well as during the day.