During the first quarter of the 20th century, house catalog publishers and kit home companies courted the middle- and working-classes by exhorting the benefits of home ownership. The tiny Merrill is a good example of the small house that appealed to those with big dreams and limited means. Its hybrid style combines elements of the Colonial Revival and Craftsman bungalow. The floor plan, however, is unusually awkward even by 1920 standards; swapping the kitchen and end bedroom would have gone a long way toward improving the layout.
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