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Design B-7181

1918 American Modern Homes by the C. L. Bowes Co.

Many of the plans in American Modern Homes were oddly laid out. As small as they were, Bowes’ work was initially uneven and often amateurish. This particular plan is generally pretty standard though the kitchen access to the cellar cuts dramatically into its workspace creating a truly one-butt kitchen. Closet space, always at a premium in small houses, appears jammed in. The exterior drawing is fine so we have to wonder what he was thinking. He seems to have generally avoided creating the one-bedroom plans his competitors published. Nevertheless, Bowes prevailed and his plans improved considerably in his 1921 book, American Homes Beautiful.

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