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��of adaptation, arrangement and exterior design.

There are several ways in which the initial cost of such a house may be reduced, or a better house built for the same money. It may be finished to the stage where the family can take possession and save paying rent elsewhere, and the family genius can do most of the work of finishing the rooms himself. Pipes for hot air heating, steam,

��nailed directly upon the studding, or where it is not usual to build a cellar or to have more than a post or wood foundation, an appreciable saving may be effected. In localities where prepared or metal roofing has supplanted shingles, and where labor or building materials are exceptionally cheap a more commodious house may be built for the same money.

A camp of the size and type of the sketch,

����SECOND FLOOR.

��FIRST Fl COR

��A general floor plan of the first and second floors of a moderate priced home that can be built for an all-the-year-around residence or may be used with unfinished rooms as a camp in the woods

��hot water and gas, and wires for electric lights may be placed in the walls without the fixtures, which may be put in later, or the pipes may be omitted, leaving openings for their future installation, heating the house with stoves and lighting with lamps in the meantime. The pipes for the com- plete bathroom equipment may be in- stalled and nothing but the seat put in at first, though the location of the bathroom upon the first floor makes it possible to omit everything but the seat connections if desired. Walls need not be papered until the house has thoroughly seasoned and the resulting plaster cracks treated. This is customary in expensive houses for the sake of the permanent condition of the walls and not for economy.

The exterior of the house may receive a priming coat and another coat of paint which will protect it for a couple of years and allow the outside to shrink all it will; it may then be puttied and two coats given which will insure the best possible results.

In sections of the country where the climate will permit the use of drop siding

��with unfinished rooms, without a cellar or the conveniences necessary for a year-round residence, can be built for from 5 to 7 cents per cu. ft. above ground in localities where supplies are easily obtainable. At this price economy must be used in the con- struction, though a piazza may be built the entire length of the front of the house.

��Grouping Sheet Music Into Books and Binding Them

IT will be found very convenient to have sheet music arranged in little books, each containing from six to ten selections. For instance, one book may be made up of a group of waltzes; a second may con- tain a group of songs; a third a group of classical selections; a fourth a group of popular music, and so on. Paper fasteners of the proper size may be used to staple the books, which should then be bound with strips of strong cloth tape. On the cover of each book may be written the names of the various selections it contains. — Alexander V. Bollerer.

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