In addition to the usual bath rooms a Turkish bath, or sweat room, will be found an additional source of health and comfort in the home. The inducing of a copious perspiration is the chief function of a Turkish bath, all other operations being secondary thereto. Consequently, if a small compartment be fitted up so that it can be heated to a high temperature, the first part of the bath, the sweating process, will be provided for, and the wash, shower and plunge following can be had in the usual bath-room fixtures.
Fig. 80 First Floor Plan of Private House
It is not a difficult or expensive matter to provide a Turkish bath in private houses, and, considering their value, and the fact that those who can afford it resort to the public baths, it is surprising that more of the expensive houses are not thus equipped. Large country homes in particular could have fitted up, at small expense, bathing compartments which would rival or exceed the private baths of ancient Rome.
Every residence supplied with water from a surface source, which is not filtered, should be provided with a germ-proof filter of suitable size to sterilize all water entering the premises. Filters are not so costly that they would be dispensed with on that account, and if the owners of residences had explained to them the value and protection to health afforded by this means it is safe to say that not 10 per cent. of them would be without one. As the filter is located in the cellar, where it is not often seen, it is liable to be overlooked unless mentioned by the architect.