At your request, Mr. Editor, I have hit upon a fruitful theme, and I am making my subject longer than I expected.

With regard to the arrangement of the rooms, I believe I have before referred, somewhere in the Horticulturist, to the annoyance of not having the view from one room to another cut off in certain cases where desirable. There are some rooms of a house that it is pleasant to have brought together, and the view as complete as possible between them, as parlors, libraries, etc. On the other hand, it is not desirable to have the whole of a bed-room on the first floor exposed to sight merely by opening a door into the living-room; thus commanding a view, perhaps, of the bed and its occupant. Nor is it necessary to have the doors through the interior of the house in a line with each other, so as to open a vista through, when they happen to be open, from parlor to sink-room. And these are troubles that are easily remedied or avoided in repairing or building. Place the doors in such position that they will not range with each other; and those opening into pantries, bed-rooms, etc., so situated that they will expose only a small portion of the interior of these rooms.

For the color of the exterior of the house, the modem reforms are hardly less objectionable than the old-fashioned white. The change in public taste has given rise to a variety of hues very disagreeable. If white is too glaring, there is nothing gloomy about it; and it is sometimes, when the house is very thickly shaded, not to be discarded. But many of the shades to which it has given place in late years are far too dark, and thus lack an appearance of cheerfulness. While a house-paint should be light, it should be sufficiently removed from white to have a decided tint. Too many used are so near white as not to have a character of their own. Though it have a clear, unequivocal hue of its own, it should still be among that class which are called "neutral tints." Blue, green, yellow, and red, in however light shades, are never so agreeable as the tints produced by various mix tures of these colors. To my own taste there is nothing better, especially for an old house, than a russet - the color of a ripe russet apple. Show your painter the Warm, golden cheek of a Roxbury Russet, and tell him to follow that in mixing his pigments, and if he is a good imitator, you will not fail to have a cheerful and every way pleasing complexion on your house.

The corner-boards, casings, etc., should never be white unless the whole be so. This in variety breaks up the harmony of effect in the whole, and, in fact, gives the covering of the house an appearance of patch-work. The trimmings should be of the same tint as the rest of the house, but of a different shade; generally the darker is preferable.

There is, to my mind, one very prominent fault of late years in building, especially in the more expensive class of houses, but one that is generally regarded as quite the opposite of a fault. There are often too many verandas, porches, etc., added to a house. The only limit seems to be the length of the builder's purse, the only question arising being that of expense. It never seems to be imagined that the addition of another veranda may be a detriment to the beauty and comfort of a house, instead of an advantage. The cost of these structures is well known to be great, and they are also the most perishable part of the building. It is not uncommon to see a house cramped in its exterior accommodations, yet almost surrounded with verandas. And, setting aside the question of economy, when there are too many of these additions they are an encumbrance. No room which is to be much occupied should be without a part of its windows opening directly out-doors; not shaded even by a "hood," but receiving the perpendicular rays. This is essential both for health and convenience. A room lighted wholly by horizontal rays is a very unpleasant one. They are not so essential to appearance as is generally supposed, provided the surrounding grounds are well laid out.

Sometimes a trellis, erected at a very trifling cost, and covered with a grape or other vine, will be quite as pleasing. I would not, however, be understood as objecting to structures of this kind in the right quantity, only they should not be made to absorb too large a share of the builder's money, or too much of the light of the sun.

In fact, there is no part of a house, not among the absolute necessities, more desirable than a few verandas or porches.

[Mr. Benton's remarks on the color of houses are sensible: we are always running into extremes. We know of a thriving place in which the first two houses were painted of an unexceptionable color; indeed, in the best taste. Many have since been built, but no two of them painted alike; they are striking simply from their oddity, and are a good illustration of Mr. Benton's remarks. We agree with Mr. Benton in his objections to a multiplicity of verandas; some houses are almost lost in them. - Ed].

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If the kitchen garden be then removed, a little additional space is reclaimed ear the house, where it is wanted, for a yard or lawn; a spot of perhaps a quar-ter of an acre. This has been, so long as remaining a garden, kept free from trees, for the benefit of the vegetables. Let it still remain so now, for the benefit of those more important living things, the farmer's family.

Around how few houses in the country do we see a smooth, unencumbered grass-plot It is fortunate if one can discover, outside the yard, in any of the farmer's fields, that "Sonny spot of greenery," whose cool, peaceful face the eye so longs to repose upon. With so many wide fields, it would be ridiculous for any one to deprive himself of this luxury close to his dwelling. But it is not, probably, as a general thing, a spirit of economy which does this. It comes more from a lack of skill in the proper distribution of the various departments; in precisely the same way that the inconvenient arrangements of the interior of the house have been made. The house and grounds were not intentionally so arranged, but, like Topsy, "they growed." In fact, a thousand and one things were wanted "handy by," and only by extraordinary good management could this result have been avoided. But a lawn, of almost any size desired, would be no loss in point of economy; for it would yield as much grass, and more, than if in the field.

Thus it would give a double crop, as did that of which our greatest poet sings, " One harvest from thy field.

Homeward brought the oxen strong; A second crop thine acres yield, Which I gather in a song".

This "second crop" we can gather in a perpetual song, which will sing itself in our hearts, though we may not translate it into words.

The largest portion of this piece of reserved ground should be kept a smooth, unbroken turf; a broad place without a tree, shrub, or flower-bed. This should lie in full view before those rooms which are occupied every day, whether kitchen or parlor. A few trees should be near the house for a partial shade, and some shrubbery; but all thick, close plantations of the kind, should be at some distance. A dense, tangled wood is fine in its place; only it should not be near the house. The lawn should be inclosed by a belt of trees and shrubbery of various kinds, but not in a stiff, regular form. The top line should conform to Hogarth's "line of beauty," now high, and now so low that perhaps a single furtive glance can be obtained within by the passer-by in the street. It should be a slight peep only - no more; for seclusion is one of the chief objects to be desired in such places. If open to the broad view of the highway, nine-tenths of its charm would be gone. For this reason the screen, inclosing, should be mostly dense; but it should shade off into the lawn gradually, by shrubs and trees standing less closely together, and occasionally one standing by itself, with room to unfold all its fair proportions without restraint.

A few flower-beds may be made on the border; and the invariable rule should be, in this matter, to lay out only such a number as can be carefully attended to. A neglected flower-garden is one of the most unsightly of objects.

As a general rule, where but little can be expended upon ornamental or pleasure grounds, nearly all fanciful adornments should be eschewed; as rustic-work, vases, etc. As few walks and paths should be cut out of the turf as need be. The clean grass will serve all purposes for walking in most cases, if it is kept smoothly mown all the season. The farmer can not generally shave his lawn as often as he does his beard, as is the case in very extensive parks, but he ought to mow it a number of times in the course of the season.

As has been said, the out-buildings should not be concealed. The wagon-shed should be nearest to the house, and the barns a little further off. The hog-pens should be farthest removed of all. Having them close to the house for the convenience of feeding, is nothing short of perpetrating a nuisance. With regard to the architecture of these buildings, there is a bad taste becoming more and more prevalent. The attempt is to make them appear fine. There is too much ornamental work and hard finish, and they are painted in too delicate hues. Such buildings should have no fine, elaborate work about them. Their architecture should be noticeable rather for a substantial, durable, and even rough construction. If painted, they should be in the most quiet, unpretending, and least delicate shades. Think of a pink barn, with all the lower story mottled and streaked with manure-stains! In form, their picturesqueness should consist rather in bold outlines, than any fine work in small proportions; with overhanging roof, from beneath which the rafters project into sight.

In the desultory suggestions, which this article concludes, it is not claimed that any thing complete has been attained. The subject is very wide in the thoughts brought to mind, and offers much room for study. If any hints have been given which shall be of use to any one in renovating an old place, I shall be well satisfied.

[We have been much interested in Mr. Benton's suggestions. The subject is by no means exhausted, and we hope he will continue it in his moments of leisure. That his remarks have been a source of pleasure and profit to many of our readers, we have not the least doubt. With the hope that he will continue the subject, and give us some illustrations of old houses improved, we leave it where it is. - Ed].