House Plans From This Catalog
- Standard Homes Created Plans for Every Budget
- The Arden
- The Beaumont
- The Berkeley
- The Brewster
- The Bristol
- The Brunswick
- The Carlyle
- The Carmen
- The Carolina
- The Castleton
- The Chelton
- The Collingwood
- The Copley
- The Cornell
- The Crescent
- The Davenport
- The Dayton
- The Del Rosa
- The Devonshire
- The Don Carlo
- The Dover
- The Dumont
- The Edenton
- The Elon
- The Elsworth
- The Elwood
- The Englewood
- The Euclid
- The Fairmont
- The Fernwood
- The Fremont
- The Fulton
- The Genessee
- The Glendale
- The Gordon
- The Grayson
- The Hamilton
- The Harvard
- The Haverhill
- The Herndon
- The Homestead
- The Irving
- The Jefferson
- The Kendall
- The Kimberley
- The Kingston
- The La Salle
- The Lawrence
- The Lewiston
- The Lincoln
- The Loraine
- The Lynnhaven
- Standard Homes: Plans for 1926
- The Manchester
- The Marlowe
- The Maryland
- The Mayfield
- The Melbourne
- The Melrose
- The Milton
- The Monte Cristo
- The Monticello
- The Morgan
- The Norfolk
- The Northampton
- The Northcliff
- The Oakdale
- The Olive
- The Olympia
- The Orlando
- The Oxford
- The Parkwood
- The Raeford
- The Regent
- The Richmond
- The Rio Verda
- The Rochester
- The Rosedale
- The Rosemary
- The Royal
- The San Lois
- The Somerset
- The Spencer
- The Staunton
- The Stoddard
- The Tennyson
- The Thorndyke
- The Thurston
- The Van Dorne
- The Vernon
- The Victoria
- The Warren
- The Warwick
- The Washington
- The Wayne
- The Westhaven
- The Westmoreland
- The Winchester
- The Windsor
- The Winston
Standard Homes Company was built up from a single plan book created by A. Gales Johnson in 1917. For more than 80 years, the company has continued a family tradition of offering home plans across a spectrum of needs to builders and homeowners.
Standard Homes Created Plans for Every Budget
Because of the size of the catalog, we have split them into two directories. Models with names beginning with A thru L are listed here. Models with names beginning with M thru Z are listed separately.
The Arden, at 2280 square feet, is a large home by early 20th century standards. The influences of the Prairie Style are unmistakable. Spacious and elegant features abound in this house from the large reception hall to the back-to-back fireplaces that are found in the library and living room.
A covered porch on one side of the house is balanced by a sun parlor on the other and together they contribute to a symetrical, formal facade.
“Peace, power and plenty come to those who form an affinity with the Forces that work for the continuous advancement of humanity.
The underlying substance which promotes all human progress is love, and love is that which purifies and perfects. It is in the home of freedom, where two hearts have but a single thought that power is generated for prosperity.”
The Atlanta is a house that marries Prairie with Mission style. A substantial, grounded entry opens to a large reception hall. Though it is just 2000 square feet, the rooms are on the large side.
A total of four fireplaces, two downstairs in the dining and living room and two upstairs in adjacent bedrooms add ambience to the space. Separate sun and sleeping porches provide comfortable warm-season living space.
“Nothing beautiful or sweet grows in the darkness. Light and sunshine are the superior forces that develop the finest and purest qualities in all nature.
No work of the Creator is so sensitive to environment as woman, nor so susceptible to culture in the light and sunshine of appreciation and kindness such as may be expressed in homes like The Atlanta.”
The Auburn with its narrow footprint is suitable for siting a narrow lot. Small and compact, this 1100 square foot house has a timeless character. The columns and pedimented gable on the porch echo its Greek Revival antecedents. Interior spaces are arranged to maximize usable space with little waste.
“One takes liittle interest in beautifying a home and garden which belong to another, and which may be sold from under him without notice. There is a feeling of inappreciation and uncertainty which deeply affects his love for home. Those who build The Auburn, and know that every improvement added increases its value, will find both their time and money well and joyfully spent.”
The Beaumont is a shake-sided, two-story home with a classic facade, summer porch, and ample living area.
“Those only are great who love and are kind, and these greatest of human faculties are best developed in the home. Those who strive hardest to attain a home, strive hardest for the development of the best in themselves and in turn bring out the best in others they meet. Striving for a home such as The Beaumont, elevates, educates and ennobles.”
Who could imagine that the tidy Berkeley with its Dutch Colonial style and approximately 1700 square feet could provide such large bedrooms and generous living spaces? A sun parlor and breakfast nook provide additional charm and functionality.
“It is around the firesides of happy homes where children chatter with glee and loving mothers watch over them with divine care that the best and noblest thoughts of men are generated. The germs of selfishness, envy, and greed have little chance to multiply in homes of the substantial character of The Berkeley. From such homes come men quick of thought and fair of judgment.”
The Brewster is a particularly tidy version of the popular bungalow style. Just one story, it efficiently organizes three bedrooms and living spaces in just over 1200 square feet.
“Forming a habit of placing in a Building and Loan Association all earnings which one does not need for immediate use, is the surest road leading to the ownership of The Brewster for a home.
The sacrifices made in the saving of a home are the highly prized diary notes in one’s record of accomplishment.”
The spacious Bristol has just under 1350 square feet, but manages to combine a number of pleasing features into what is really a relatively small house. The inviting entry, sun porch, and good sized bedrooms are sufficient to provide ample family and personal space. An attic adds extra storage.
“To the wife and children home means infinitely more than to the husband whose duties are elsewhere. To him it is a place for recreation and rest, but to them it is their kingdom. The hearts of many wives will go out to The Bristol, not with selfish designs, but with earnest maternal longings for better conditions for the culture and refinement of their children.”
The Brunswick is a two-family home, or duplex, with a shared entry and upper and lower units. Each floor has about 1350 square feet of living space. The upper unit has a sleeping porch and the lower enjoys an outdoor porch with easy kitchen access.
“Two-family houses are the most desirable for adults who seek the constant companionship of companionable people; and for such The Brunswick stands for all that could be sought in staunch construction and practical comforts. It is a departure from the usual two-family type, and many will appreciate the home-like appearance added by the separate entrances.”
The distinctive rolled roof of the 1920s marks the character of The Carlyle. Its ample proportions as evident in its generous 2500 square feet, make this home much larger than the average home of the period. With four bedrooms and a sewing room, 1 1/2 baths, and elegant reception hall, this modified English cottage was certainly the pride and joy of its owners.
“Humanity’s earnest call is for kindness and good cheer. Those best fitted to do their bit toward human betterment are those who practice in their homes the principles which they endeavor to demonstrate abroad. Living up to one’s moral standards in not a great task if the surroundings are satisfying and the arrangment of the home is as ideal as The Carlyle.”
The Carmen is graced by a tile roof, pergola-covered porch, and terrace entry to provide the carefree California look that was very popular during the 1920s. Another characteristic is its abundant storage. With two powder rooms, this was surely a comfortable and convenient home even by 21st century standards. In only 2000 square feet, this home packs in both style and comfort.
“Clean men, both of hand and heart, are invariably the product of happy home unions. It is around the harmonious hearthstone where the glow of mutual interest and understanding tempers the finer senses that men mould character of sterling worth. It would be a violation of a natural law if homes in The Carmen class should produce other than men of clean purpose.”
By any standard, the five-bedroom, two and a half bath Carolina is a substantial home. It has about 2750 square feet of living space and amenities that include a sun parlor off the living room, six fireplaces, a large reception hall, and a balcony and covered porch at the rear of the building. Both Prairie Style and California Mission style influences are evident.
“To know the value of right environment is one of the first steps in the mastery of self. It is impossible for anyone to think his best thoughts or do his best work when his home life is not in keeping with his ideals. Those who firmly fix their hearts on The Carolina for a home may be assured of the refining influence which its possession will bring.”
Though an average size home by current standards, the Castleton is about 2200 square feet. The layout is similar to much later homes however with a powder room downstairs, a shared bath upstairs and a full master bathroom off a very large master bedroom. An unusual arcade spans the driveway on one side, which is balanced by a walled terrace on the other. The style was common in Southern California and Florida during the 1920s.
“Once in a great while a new idea is born, a thing of rare beauty developed by a dreamer or something entirely original is expressed by the hand of an artist. The Castleton is a new idea in the field of architecture, a creation of rare beauty, with originality expressed in every line and graceful curve.”
The Chelton has a charming, small cottage look with its low, bungalow style hip-on-gable roof. It is also reminiscent of a Colonial Revival Cape Cod. It’s a small house with about 1144 square feet. The ribbon of three windows in front is balanced with a side entry porch.
At 36 feet wide it would probably niftily fit a small lot. Inside, a long, narrow living room provides a focal point in the fireplace. It’s a bit quirky with the breakfast nook located just outside the small kitchen as is the refrigerator. The bedrooms are on the small side, but adequate. Additional storage is available in a low attic and in the basement.
“The authority who said, “Give every family a home of their own with a garden and flowers and crime will vanish with a single generation”–knew well the inspiration which everyone gains consciously or unconsciously from such surroundings. The Chelton style of architecture has ever been the theme of poets and sons of song.”
The Collingwood provides gracious living with its three large bedrooms, separate servant´s quarters (!), and expansive living area. Fireplaces in both the living room and formal dining area provide additional ambience. As though that isn´t enough, the Collingwood also has a lovely sun porch for extra comfort. It´s modified Cape Cod style is traditional. The total square footage is approximately 2200.
“It is appreciation that humanity really is seeking and not gold. Gold, gained honestly or dishonestly, is in turn paid for appreciation and applause. He is most appreciated by friend and neighbor who contubutes to his community a substantial home of The Collingwood design, and unselfishly shares his comforts and pleasures with those of his kind.”
The Copeley combines farmhouse sensibilities with a symmetrical, side-gabled Colonial Revival style. A dropped roof runs the length of the house to cover the porch, which is supported by two Ionic-style columns.
The side of the house extends to embrace the porch and is topped off with a pair of round finials. Either the finials or columns would be fine alone, but the facade appears a little fussy with both. The layout is a standard Four Square plan of about 1150 square feet with three bedrooms and a bath upstairs and living space on the main floor. Despite it’s small size, it has a half bath adjacent to the kitchen and a breakfast nook.
“The money paid for rent will soon pay for the house rented, but it is still the landlord’s, and the only thing of value which the renter has to show is a bundle of rent receipts. For those who resolve to spend their money more wisely, The Copley will prove to be a permanent investment with daily dividends of independence beyond any monetary value.”
The Cornell is a cute, clipped-gable cottage in a Colonial Revival Cape Cod style. A low bungalow roof line sets it apart from its New England antecents. Symmetrical, with a pedimented porch roof supported by two columns on each side, the entry is substantial and elegant.
A single story with 1342 square feet, the Cornell charms with a simple, but functional floor plan. Rooms are generously sized. Amenities include linen closets for each bedroom, French doors separating the living and dining rooms, and a respectable kitchen with a breakfast nook and walk-in pantry.
The room flow is practical and functional. It would be a comfortable and serviceable home for a small family in any decade.
“True peace and enduring happiness are found only by those who unselfishly see to develop the best in themselves and in others. The most natural place for such growth and influence is in the individual home where inner strength is constantly developed by conscious freedom, and fear is shut out and destroyed by a sacred purpose.”
The Crescent is a small, single-story home with just 864 square feet. Designed with economy in mind, it’s a good house living simply or just getting launched. The bungalow style is evident throughout, but it was obviously planned as a basic starter home.
Two small bedrooms and a single bath, and modest living areas combine to provide everything necessary in a home without a lot of expensive detail.
“Practically all renters pay one-fourth of their earnings to landlords. This means that millions are monthly invested in worthless rent receipts. But this does not compare to the vast amount of home joy which the masses are missing. There is an inner joy and satisfaction in owning a convenient home of The Crescent plan which nothing else can give.”
The Davenport is a fun little house with its rolled roof and bungalow style. It’s side gable roof and centered gable dormer and sturdy columned porch make it pleasing to the eye without being fussy. In about 1400 square feet, it manages to deliver a few nice features in addition to the three large bedrooms and requisite living spaces.
Included are a small sewing room, sun parlor, walk-in pantry off the kitchen, and a breakfast nook. Large under-eave storage is available for each upstairs bedroom, but any additional requirements would be served by a basement.
“One of the greatest possible assets a man can plan and develop for the future safety of his wife and children is a home. If every man had the backbone and stamina to build for his family a substantial home like The Davenport, charitable institutions and orphan asylums would soon go out of business for the lack of inmates.”
In this 600 square foot square bungalow only the necessities exist. Two tiny bedrooms, a bath, kitchen and dining room provide living spaces for a very small family. It’s clearly a starter home or beach cottage. Despite it’s size, it still embraces the best of bungalow style with the front gabled roof, exposed beams and rafters, broad front porch. There is a low attic for extra storage.
“The money one pays for rent is lost forever–it never comes back. It is a permanent investment which pays no dividends, and can never be converted into cash or exchanged for anything of value. When one’s earnings are monthly invested in a neat home like The Dayton, he is soon enabled to realize his dreams for a home of his own.”
The Del Rosa
The Del Rosa is Mission style with stucco walls, tile roof, and an arched entry. This tidy little casa is only 1520 square feet but captures the flavor of Old California. A patio terrace just off the entry, fireplace in the front bedroom or den, and breakfast nook in the kitchen are just a few of its unique features. It makes the most of its size by minimizing wasted space. Two bedrooms and one bath, plus the den/bedroom provide plenty of room for a small family.
“The price of a good woman’s complete love is appreciation, affection, sympathy and a home–a home of her own in which these virtues may be proudly and happily expressed. Happy will be the man who awakens to the importance of this vital fact and early makes the sacrifices necessary to realize his highest ambition in a home like The Del Rosa.”
This home combines a rolled roof reminiscent of the English cottage “thatched” style and stucco exterior finish with the classic Greek Revival fluted Doric columns, and interpreted label molding around the front ribbon windows.
The segmental pediment over the front entry is reinforced by the inset arched dormer which contributes a French flavor. Purists adhering to any particular style would probably throw up their hands at this mix of styles, but it is good example of American Eclectic. In just over 1500 square feet, the Devonshire is a surprisingly modern floor plan.
There are two bedrooms with a possible third as a bedroom or den, and one bath. Two pairs of French doors open to the front porch and another set to the dining room. For a little house it makes good use of the space with minimum waste.
“The happiest homes, like the happiest marriages, are those in which the woman takes the most sacred part, and uses her secret power to guide for permanent good. Any woman who a mated to the man of her choice, and is permitted to enjoy her freedom in a home like The Deveonshire, can surely make it a paradise for worldly peace.”
The Don Carlo
The Don Carlo has just about 1800 square feet with three spacious bedrooms and one bath. A large terrace with a covered entry marks the front of this two-story, hip-on-gable stucco home with mixed Mission and English cottage characteristics.
Under a gentle curved roof line, French doors oven to the terrace,. They are balanced by a set of four windows in the front facing gable. Inside, there are three fireplaces: one each in the living room, dining room, and main floor bedroom.
The galley kitchen is relatively narrow, but still affords space for a breakfast nook and walk-in pantry. The central reception hall provides easy traffic flow to each room on the main floor as well as the stairway.
“There is something in the nature of a woman that calls for seclusion in the home life. Presumably it is the maternal instinct that instinctively leads to privacy for protection. The woman whose inner self calls for a freer life in a private home, will obey the most sacred impulse if she patiently persists until such call is answered by the posssession of the Don Carlo.”
The Dover is an All American Cape Cod style with four bedrooms and one bath. There are two bedrooms, which are relatively small, on the main floor as well as the bathroom. The entry opens directly to the living room which is visually connected to the dining room, though separated by an arch. Two slightly larger bedrooms are upstairs.
The building’s symmetry is established by a broad, covered front porch with two sets of ribbon windows, one on each side of the entry. Two gabled dormers reinforce the formal balance. The Dover is a common and beloved American style small house plan.
“The feeling of aloneness is almost entirely unknown in small, comfortable homes like The Dover. Mental depression comes, as a rule, from tired nerves and unsightly surroundings. In the small home which ahs been provided with an abundance of light, life is more cheerful and housekeeping is a pleasure, provided the husband daily expresses his appreciation.”
The Dumont is a bungalow style duplex that was popular in cities across the US, especially on the edges of growing towns. Now, many are located in inner city neighborhoods and are desirable urban homes.
The low hipped roof, exposed rafters and beams, and front-gabled entrys are complimented by sturdy brick piers and sloping columns. Called a double house, this side-by-side duplex has almost 1300 square feet.
There are three good sized bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs, easy traffic flows through the living room to connected dining area and then to the kitchen in the rear.
“The Dumont cannot be surpassed as a double house, and will make homes of exceptional advantages and refinements for those whose experience and education have taught them the value of good fellowship and neighborly kindness. Learning to cooperate with our fellow creatures is the secret of overcoming selfishness and all of its poisoning effects upon our better selves.”
At about 1600 sq feet, the Edenton has generous proportions and a graceful facade. Amenities such as the French doors to the sun parlor and cozy breakfast nook set it apart in the world of classic bungalow style.
“The first step in the path of progress is to fix in the mind a clear vision of better conditions, better surroundings and a better place for normal and unhampered growth.
Growth comes from freedom of thought and an inner feeling of independence. In no other place can a family so well realize this desired freedom as in a home of their own–such, perhaps, as The Edenton.”
The craftsman character of the Elon is undeniable. It’s sturdy good looks trumpet all the charm of the bungalow era in 20th century American residential architecture. Living areas are designed for practicality without stinting on size. Ample storage abounds in this home despite is modest size of just under 1500 square feet.
“The club rooms are not filled by men whose earnings have gone to purchase or build homes of The Elon character, for where a man’s treasure is there will his heart be also. Man loves best those things which have cost most in earnest effort and self-denial, and there is little outside attraction for him whose longing for a home is satisfied.”
The Elsworth offers most amenities necessary by even 21st century residential housing standards, and does so in a modest 1450 square feet.
Its commodius four square style provides generous living spaces downstairs even including a convenient half bath off the kitchen and four bedrooms upstairs. As is typical of the four square, closet space is scant, but the large attic affords necessary space for additional storage.
“Man loves those things which make him happy, which bring joy and sunshine into his life, and naturally he evades those things which cause him to become disheartened and discouraged.
When one puts all of his earnings in a new home like The Elsworth and gives weeks of thought to every detail of arrangement, he finds a world of comfort and joy in its possession.”
The little Elwood contains all the charm of a bungalow, but in a compact footprint. Just a single floor of living space, but with attic storage, it is a small but functional home for a either a single homeowner or couple.
Almost every square foot is functional living space with little waste. Little houses like the Elwood are often found along the coast as weekend beach houses.
“It is when a man’s earnings are paying for a home like The Elwood for himself and family that he is willing to work overtime and on holidays. There is a resolute note in his voice and pride in his step seldom found in the man whose desire for a home has found no chance for expression in an undesirable and unsightly rented house.”
The Englewood is a very small house with only about 1000 square feet. It has all the characteristics of the popular bungalow including its street-facing gable, wide eaves and knee braces. The bathroom is tiny and makes one wonder just how you negotiated activity in it.
“Men change only as their environment and associates change. A good home and a good wife will enable any man to become stronger and more efficient. Any man is worthy of the highest trust who saves from his earnings sufficent to build The Englewood, and whose life companion is in sympathy with him and his work.”
Another generous Dutch Colonial is The Euclid. Though it has a little less than 1500 square feet of living space, it is well proportioned from its pleasing, but simple entry to its elegant sun porch.
“The education that counts in life’s competition is the education that elevates and ennobles. The race for supremacy in the sensible pursuit of sane business is not won by the fleet-footed but by the strong. In private homes like The Euclid there is a chance for children to absorb the essntials of a sound, unselfish education.”
The Fairmont is another very small house with about 864 square feet. More of a cottage style with clipped gables and a distinctive entry, it’s suitable for a single person or couple. The appointments fulfill all necessary requirements to create a cozy, unpretentious home.
“Hundreds of hearts yearn for fuller, freer lives in beautiful little bungalows like The Fairmont. In small, conventient homes, life is longer, because there is less labor and the hearts are lighter. Dodging unnecessary drudgery in housework is simply applying twentieth-century efficiency methods to the business of housekeeping.”
The modest Fernwood is only about 1056 square feet. It’s a very small house that manages to package all the necessities and three bedrooms into its tiny 22×24 footprint. Though diminutive, it incorporates all the characteristics of a standard Four Square with the requisite three rooms on the main floor and four square rooms on the second floor.
From a construction standpoint, it’s hard to imagine a house that would have been less expensive to build or more flexible for siting.
“Woman is by nature more economical than man, and her better judgment always offers protest against avoidable avenues of waste. To her rent receipts are constant reminders of funds foolishly spent, and constantly she sees a vision of a home, perhaps of The Fernwood style, which the rent money would shortly purchase.”
This small house embodies the Colonial Revival style that was popular in the US from the 1870s to 1930. Its symmetrical facade is relieved by the addition of a large covered veranda off the livingroom. Economical use of the 1232 square feet of interior space provides for 3 bedrooms upstairs and a generous living room downstairs.
“In no other way can a man develop the respect of others for himself and his family as in the building of a home of his own. With home ownership comes fellowship and citzenship. One wins far more confidence by building a neat home on The Fremont plan, to meet his requirements, than in burdening himself and his wife with a larger house than is needed.”
The Fulton borrows from the English cottage and Cape Cod styles to synthesize a 1920s vernacular style. With a floor plan that incorporates Four Square efficiencies, it was easy and inexpensive to build. In just 1568 square feet, it provides three bedrooms, plenty of living space, a half bath off the kitchen and kitchen access to a porch at the rear of the house for morning coffee during the summer.
“The woman who knows that the surest way to a man’s heart is through his sense of taste, and that sympathy and appreciation will lead him over mountains while criticism causes him to balk stubbornly on a level, can make any home an influence for permanent good whether it is of The Fulton style of architecture or a more humble cottage.”
The Genessee is a two-story Craftsman-style house with elaborated rafter tails, knee braces, and battered columns on brick piers. It’s just 1152 square feet, but living spaces are more than adequate for a happy family of 3 or 4. The two bedrooms are larger than average and one has access to a sleeping porch. Two large porches on the main floor provide covered outdoor space for relaxation. It’s a modest house without frills, but more than adequate for the needs of many families.
“Those who put their savings into get-rich-quick schemes instead of homes of their own are, as a rule, the most dependable support of landlords. The suburban streets of all cities could be lined with artistic homes similar to The Genessee with the money which is yearly fooled away with fakers who play upons the imagination of the inexperienced.”
The Glendale bungalow is only about 1650 square feet but looks substantial. The massive sloping porch columns, exposed roof beams and rafters, all attest to the heavily Craftsman influence. A shed roof over the bump out wall expands the dining room and adds exterior interest.
Inside minimal use of hallways maximizes usable square footage. The kitchen with breakfast nook is quite large. The living room with it’s fireplace is good sized, but not huge and is extended by French doors to an adjacent sun parlor.
The house has four bedrooms with three upstairs with a full bath and the fourth with a half bath downstairs just off the dining room. Alternately, the downstairs bedroom would make a good den. The traffic floor is a tight circle from room to room on the main floor, but direct.
“The human mind is a most powerful magnet, and never fails to attract to us those things and conditions on which our hearts are earnestly and constantly centered. The Glendale is within reach of him who wills and fears not the petty thorns of sacrifice, knowing that these will be forgotten or remembered with delight when the goal is finally realized.”
Like many of Standard’s homes in 1926, the Gordon is a bungalow cottage. With it’s hip-on-gable roof, centered gable dormer, and broad front porch, it incorporates many of the typical bungalow features. Traditional elements like the decorative railings and columns, echo the Colonial Revival style that was so popular at the time.
It’s a small house with just two bedrooms, but a cozy 1056 square feet. The floor plan is nearly identical to the Chelton and has the same idiosyncrasies. A bump out in the dining room provides a little more space and interest.
“Keeping young is simply a question of keeping joy and sunshine in the heart. Age cannot furrow the heart which is daily, monthly and yearly bathed in the sunshine of conjugal peace. The sun never ceases to shine for those who constantly cultivate the spirt of calmness, kindness, courtesy, and cheerfulness in homes like The Gordon.”
The Grayson, at 1352 square feet, is an American eclectic home in the truest sense. It combines overlapping gables of the English cottage style with Colonial Revivial elements such as the entry. It has a very large kitchen with a breakfast nook.
The walk-in pantry would thrill any homemaker past or present. Other desirable elements include two entries to the kitchen, a lovely bay window in the living room, and a sun parlor. The three bedrooms are larger than average. An attic provides extra storage space.
“Yearly scientists are learning more and more about the value of light in its relation to life, and yearly the city building departments are wisely watching the scientific discoveries in this connection, and are embodying in the building codes specific demands for more light in the homes. Like most other designs here shown, The Grayson will meet the views of the most exacting in this particular.”
At just under 1900 square feet, the Hamilton provided its owners with uncommon amenities such as a corner fireplace in the dining room, a nursery alcove off the master bedroom, two bathrooms, and a wonderful reception hall. The Dutch Colonial style was traditional in its sensibilities but modern in its execution.
“Nothing so stimulates and elevates a main as for his life companion to believe in him, and in no other way can a man show his appreciation of such confidence and trust as in the earnest endeavor to build her a home of her own. Any woman who has tact, forethought, and patience with her husband need not despair of owning eventually just such a home as The Hamilton.”
The Harvard is another Dutch Colonial of pleasing proportions with a tidy 1456 square feet of room. The traditional gambrel roof has a steeper pitch than many in this time period, which allows room for much needed attic storage.
The front porch has traditional Revival elements like sidelights surrounding the entry, columns, and railing. Plenty of windows add light and airiness to the interior spaces. The standard complement of 3 bedrooms and one bath occupy the second floor. A large reception hall on the main floor leads to the living room and also directly to the kitchen, making the traffic flow well from room to room.
Other amenities include a balcony accessible from the small front bedroom, a larger than average kitchen with a breakfast nook, and a glassed in porch just off the kitchen, which would be ideal for a small plant room.
“Every child has the right to be born and reared in an environment free from discord and paternal unrest. It is far easier for parents to maintain a wholesome atmosphere for their children in a private home like The Harvard than it is in a crowded tenement or apartment house where conditions are neither sanitary nor homelike.”
The Haverhill offers 2016 square feet. It combines Shingle Style characteristics such as the banks of ribbon windows and the distinctive eyebrow dormer with a Colonial Revival two-story side gable roof, pedimented porch, and classic columns.
A large sun parlor and adjacent covered porch are topped with an upstairs balcony. It’s a spacious and sensible floor plan that includes four bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms upstairs. The large living areas on the main floor would provide plenty of space for most active families.
The hearth that glows with good fellowship warms chilly hearts and drives out the dampness of discord and disappointments. Such hearths are guarded constantly by women who worship sacred home ideals, and who turn a deaf ear to the voice of gossip. The Haverhill will make an ideal home for those who yearn for better conditions in which to demonstrate the power of right thought.”
Herndon is 1144 square feet of usable living space. It’s a two-story bungalow with a hipped roof and forward gable dormer, open rafters, and broad front porch. Unlike many bungalows, especially of the Craftsman type, this plan has no fireplace and doesn’t open into the living room. An entry with closet and stairs provides a transition zone from the outdoors.
The plan has three bedrooms and a single bath on the second floor. The bedrooms are average size. The largest has an adjacent alcove that would have been suitable for a small nursery, sewing or reading room.
If all women knew how much easier it is for a man to be contented in a home he has helped to build and learned to love, countless numbers would loose no time in learning the cost and terms of payment on artistic home of The Herndon type. Such homes are inexpensive to build, yet they hold a world of joy for earnest home seekers.”
From the swan’s neck pediment to the multilight windows, the side gabled Homestead is an American classic plan. With 2280 square feet, it’s one of the larger plans offered in the Standard catalog in 1926. With four large bedrooms, a full bath and a shared half bath between two bedrooms upstairs, there is ample private space for all but the largest families.
Access to additional storage supplements the closet space. On the main floor, a large 400 square foot living room opens to a covered side porch. A large reception all provides traffic flow through the house. The formal dining room opens to a sun porch. A second convenient half bath is just off the kitchen.
Permanent and substantial beauty is expressed in every line of the The Homestead. It is typical of the oldest and best loved homes in America–homes that hold our hearts and spur our efforts toward greater achievements. Surely the comforts of such homes as The Homestead cannot pass with a single generation.”
The pretty little Irving is small in size with just 816 square feet, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in coziness. It’s a bungalow cottage graced by a hip roof, two gable dormers, and a large front porch.
Each porch column is composed of four smaller posts for a charming, somewhat airy effect. Inside, the rooms are generally quite small. Two bedrooms and a full bath provide the private space needed in a starter home. The simple layout of rooms wastes little space. The open archway between the dining and living rooms and plenty of windows keeps both rooms from seeming too small.
When a normal woman comes to herself at the age of twenty, twenty-two, or twenty-four, according to her physical and mental growth, she realizes that her highest ambition is for a home of her own, affection and children, but her happiness is never complete until the love and home she wins is hers by all equitable and legal rights.”
Homes like the Jefferson are today often found in gracious older neighborhoods of similar homes. Dutch Colonial style homes have considerable charm with their classic features and this house is no exception. It’s symmetrical, formal, generous and pleasing in size and proportion. Classic details like the porch are interpreted with modern flair.
Covered verandas on either side provide grounding and visual balance. It’s a large home at 2720 square feet, even by current standards, with three large bedrooms including a spacious master bedroom with its own full bath. The huge livingroom has a fireplace that is flanked on either side by French doors leading to the veranda. The kitchen has a good sized walk-in pantry and breakfast nook.
“The faculty of inhabitiveness (the love of one’s place of birth) is developed far more in the young man or woman whose home has been one of sunshine and freedom than in those whose place of habitation has been sordid and cramped. One would naturally expect the youth from The Jefferson to reflect all of the joy and purity of a wholesome environment.”
Regardless of decade, the Kendall is a charming, welcoming bungalow cottage that probably warms the hearts of current owners as well as the original owners in the late 1920s. It has a number of Craftsman bungalow elements such as the entry directly into the livingroom, large porch, exposed beams and rafters, and hip on gable roof with shed dormer.
Large battered columns and two banks of ribbon windows span the front downstairs and are repeated in the dormer. With over 2000 square feet, it’s also spacious. There are five bedrooms, four upstairs and one down.
There are a number of wonderful features like the French doors in the livingroom that lead to a sun parlor and to the dining room, a breakfast nook, and a covered porch at the rear of the house just off the kitchen. Given the number of bedrooms, it’s interesting that a half bath wasn’t included on the main floor. For current owners only minor tweaks would be needed to bring this plan into the 21st century.
“Sunshine is to the physical body what joy is to the heart. Those frail of body should seek the sun porches of homes of The Kendall plan, and those frail of heart can find inimitable balm in the building and making complete a new home and a new environment. Health and home joy come to those who prepare expaectantly for them.”
The Kimberley is unabashed English cottage style with its overlapped, steeply pitched front gables. The vertical character is emphasized by the banks of tall, narrow windows. At about 1570 square feet, it’s a good sized three bedroom, one bath home with storybook charm.
Access to the second floor is provided by a staircase at the far end of the living room. Conveniently, the kitchen accesses the same stairway. There is both a good size porch off the kitchen for alfresco coffee in the summer and a breakfast nook. An attic provides extra storage space.
“There is something void in the being of a man who has the care neither of a home nor a family. Within the walls of his selfish fancy he may boast of his freedom and life of ease, but he is a prisoner indeed who knows not the joys of conjugal companionship, and the care and responsibility of home, perhaps in the class of The Kimberley.”
The Kingston is a modest rendition of Prairie Style with its two stories, wide eaves, broad porch, and hipped dormer. It’s a simple house with clean lines and timeless character. In 1344 square feet, it provides three average size bedrooms and one bath.
The main floor has an easy to live with circular traffic flow and direct access to the kitchen from outdoors, the main hall, dining room. Like the Four Square, which it resembles, it was probably an economical home to build.
“Summer, winter, rain or shine, your home’s your home. It is a permanent structure, yet consider how many comforts its walls contain, and what a wonderful refuge it is when shelter is sought from the world of chilly indifference. No home can be more secure against unwholesome influences than The Kingston, if it be reinforced by staunch purpose and unselfish love.”
The La Salle
The La Salle is a charming two-story cottage style home with a striking pergola-covered porch and a hip on (clipped) gable roof so distinctive of the period. In just under 1100 square feet, it provides some delightful living spaces both indoors and out for a small family.
Could all bachelors purchase insurance against mishaps and discords in marriage and be assured that their life companions would be real helpmates in the building and keeping of their homes, contracts for houses similar to the La Salle would be let by the thousands, and the loss of help from the workshops and offices would paralyze business for the time.”
The Lawrence, from its elegant entrance and reception hall to its convivial sunporch offers more than its well appointed 2000 square feet of living space. It´s profile is reminiscent of the colonial salt box, but it delivers modern amenities for comfort and style.
“A man is often judged as much by the home he builds as by the company he keeps or the clothes he wears. One would expect to find the owner of The Lawrence a man of good judgment and thoughtful purpose, of influence and solid character. Men who select and build homes of this style are as a rule sentinels of progress in their communities.”
The Lewiston is a classic four square style, sturdy, unpretentious, but with ample space for a growing and active family. A large porch off the kitchen allows meals al fresco during summer months. Living spaces are comfortably sized for both family and private time. Closet storage is lean but somewhat compensated for by a large attic.
“Life is a glory instead of a grind to those who are monthly placing their earnings on a new home of their own, and their spare time in beautifying the lawn and garden. There is a peace which comes with the possession of homes like The Lewiston which cannot be gained, even in a hose of granite owned by a landlord.”
The bungalow style, which caught the country by storm during the early part of the 20th century, is embodied in the Lincoln. Solid, practical, and affordable, it’s front porch welcomes while the sensibly planned interior embraces its occupants. In 1600 square feet, it defines living rooms and four bedrooms to give most families of that period ample family and private spaces.
“The strength and union of America has been developed and kept sacred by liberty and home-loving people. Freedom and democracy as enjoyed and expressed in the home are the principles which promote our progress as a nation. Could every family enjoy in a home like The Lincoln the freedom to which all are justly entitled, strife would cease and crime would be unknown.”
The Loraine, like most bungalows, has the wonderful covered front porch that runs the width of the home, but it also has a complementary porch at the rear of the house as well. With the kitchen access, it allows additional outdoor living space and easy access to the backyard.
“Happiness is the friend of harmony, of truth, of beauty, of simplicity, and does not abide with low ideals, with selfishness, idleness and discord. It is most frequently found in beautiful, new homes like The Loraine which have been built by those whose ability to appreciate the beautiful, the good, the true, has been kept alive by the development of their best and noblest thoughts.”
The Lynnhaven exhibits the classic character of the 1920s bungalow style in just under 1200 square feet. There are three bedrooms The home has three bedrooms and one bath. The open livingroom-dining area is laid out to provide a spacious 24 feet across for family activities.
“There is an inestimable strength to be absorbed from foliage, trees and flowers, especially by those whose nature rebels at the thought of crowded halls and tenements.
For those who hunger for the wealth of inspiration which nature holds, The Lynnhaven will be found an ideal suburban home.”
Standard Homes: Plans for 1926
Standard Homes Company was built up from a single plan book created by A. Gales Johnson in 1917. For more than 80 years, the company has continued a family tradition of offering home plans across a spectrum of needs to builders and homeowners.
Because of the size of the catalog, we have split them into two directories. Models with names beginning with M thru Z are listed on this page. Models with names beginning with A thru L are listed separately.
Designed as a duplex, the Manchester has only about 1600 square feet per side, but appears far larger. It is a stately building in its formal symmetry, derived from the French eclectic style popular during the 1920s. The single entry vestibule opens to each unit so the building appears to be a single home.
Large columns define the verandas on both sides and ground the building. The effect lightens the ground floor and gives it a somewhat lighter appearance. Large family and private spaces provide ample room for an active family.
“The Manchester is a msterpiece in architecture, whether constructed as a single home or as a duplex. Its stately individuality causes it to stand alone in any community as a mansion of rare grace and permanent beauty; and yet so carefully have its designers considered economy in construction, that it is well within the means of those comtempating the erection of a two-family design.”
The Marlowe is distinguished by the small upstairs balconies, large downstairs living spaces, and trio of bedrooms upstairs. A large porch adds an outdoor room for summer relaxation. With only 1144 square feet, space is used with a minimum of waste.
“Men who would die for their wives, yet never bring in a pail of water or a scuttle of coal without grumbling, are seldom found in homes which have been built by mutual endeavor. Hands that help in making The Marlow a home should gladly help in lightening the burdens of the helpmate whose kingdom lies within its threshold.”
The tidy Maryland manages in only about 1500 square feet to provide four bedrooms, including two with adjacent alcoves. Its style is reminiscent of the prevalent English cottage style, but with a few traditional features such as the pedimented colonial revival entry.
“Homes are not constructed alone of brick and stone and wood. These are merely the materials out of which the walls are fashioned. Artistic structures like The Maryland are simply inviting, comfortable places where ambitious hearts can quietly and undisturbed build homes of culture, refinement and love which neither climate nor man can mar.”
The solid front-gabled Mayfield has many typical bungalow characteristics: low-pitched roof, decorative braces, wood clapboard siding, wide front porch. Within its 1120 square feet, there is a good sized living area on the main floor and three bedrooms and a bath on the second floor. The forward bedroom has a pleasant, accessible balcony.
“It is not a question for a man to decide which he prefers to own five years later–a bundle of rent receipts or a substantial home like The Mayfield. The point to be decided is: where he wishes to build and what style of home. Any man can purchase a home on easy terms, who has the desire and determination to do so.”
The Melbourne has a strong Prairie character with its wide overhanging eaves and hip roof. A porch that partially wraps around the side offsets the symmetry of the house itself. A dash of tradition is evident in the Colonial Revival style columns. It’s a large home with about 1440 square feet and four bedrooms.
A unique stair arrangement allows occupants to use the stairs from the living room to go upstairs or from the hallway off the kitchen.
“Becoming dissatisfied with unpleasant and unsightly home surroundings is the sign of growth and possible strength necessary for advancement, and, if considered in this light rather than a complaint against fate, one should take courage and make greater effort, knowing that is is possible that The Melbourne may soon become his home by the operation of the natural law of persistent purpose.”
The Melrose California bungalow shows its a hint of Mission influence in the archways that define the front porch. It has approximately 1340 square feet, and includes two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. The downstairs bedroom and the kitchen both open on to a large porch at the rear of the house.
“Some are seeking in an inexpensive home the coziness of a California bungalow of expensive proportions and for those The Melrose was especially fashioned. The bigness of the columns and porch effect, the French front door and living room archways give all the of the welcome offered by many homes that would double its construction cost.”
The simple Colonial Revival style of the Milton makes for an attractive and elegant small home. A pedimented porch with columns, wood siding and a classic side gable contribute to a clean appearance. In 1248 square feet, it provides two generous bedrooms upstairs with balcony access and a small sewing room. On the main floor, access to a covered porch is through the living room.
“As the human mind unfolds, new possibilities are seen and new strength is developed for greater tasks. Those who see in The Milton a home of exceptional advantages, comforts and conveniences, and firmly fix their hearts on its possession, can surely develop the strength necessary to enable them to materialize the mental pictures which they hold.”
The Monte Cristo
The Monte Cristo with 1496 square feet is not a huge house, but the space is well allocated for its various purposes. From a distance of 80 years, the floor plan is remarkably functional. Spaces are thoughtfully planned and many contemporary homeowners would find little to complain about. Its strong Craftsman character is obvious from the low sloping roof with the center dormer and the stonework foundation.
“Those who plan a home for a place of rest and contentment and in the planning think not of children and their comforts and joys, know little of the law of love and the underlying principles of happiness and mental growth. In the Monte Cristo the child’s room is most thoughtfully arranged, and happy will be the occupants of this home if they are blessed with the care of children.”
By the prevailing standards of 1926, this was a substantial home with lots of room. Though it has only three bedrooms, they are quite large. The living spaces on the main floor are more average in size. The style is a symmetrical Colonial Revival with large heavy columns defining the porch across the front of the house. The house has 1904 square feet. A significant amount of square footage is used in the large reception area, hallways, and staircase.
“If those who occupy homes like The Monticello are not happy it is because they have violated some natural law, or are not conscious of the fact that happiness is a condition of the mind and comes as the result of the mastery of one’s moods. It is not a thing to be purchased at a price, but rather a fact to be recognized or accepted, regardless.”
The Morgan clearly shows the influence of the Prairie Style with its wide overhanging eaves and hipped roof. A Colonial Revival interpreted entry is updated for the “modern age”. The large chimney is a dominant focus so the side porch and balcony are important elements to balance its mass.
There is about 1400 square feet of space efficiently planned with little waste. Considering its size, the rooms are good sized. There are three bedrooms and one bath. The closets are small, so attic storage is a boon in this house. An economical house to build, the luxuries include a half bath off the kitchen and a breakfast nook.
“All obstacles stand aside for him who firmly fixes his gaze on a coveted goal, and goes forward with a steady step and a strong heart. Homes in The Morgan class are within reach of those whose aesthetic natures and ideals demand beauty in abundance, and whose wills calmly and fearlessly affirm that substitutes are unacceptable.”
The Norfolk is a front gambrel Dutch Colonial with shed dormers on both sides. The entrance opens into a sun parlor before entering the living room. From the living room, French doors lead to a dining room and another door leads to the kitchen.
The kitchen is relatively small, but certainly functional. There is a breakfast nook and walk in pantry. The refrigerator is consigned to the back vestibule. On the second floor, the plan has three average sized bedrooms, but a good sized bath with a linen closet in the bathroom.
“Men and women never so fully realize their oneness with life and the natural Law of Perpetual Progress as when their best efforts are directed toward the creation of a home and family. To build The Norfolk for a home, and to make that home vibrate with joy and mutual interest, is to join the front ranks for permanent advancement.”
The Northampton is about 1500 square feet of English cottage style. The rolled roof, designed to mimic the thatch roofs of Old England, were a particularly distinctive feature. The steeply pitched roof, overlapping gables, and stuccoed entry add character and echo the Tudor influence. Living spaces on the main floor include a breakfast nook and sun parlor. On the second floor three bedrooms and two bathrooms accommodate the needs of an active family.
“All the creative, uplifting forces of nature conspire to help those who unselfishly seek a home of comfort and refinement where the finer qualities of their natures may be cultivated and their field of endeavor broadened. Those whose honest efforts enable them to build The Northampton for a home may confidently expect the peace of mind to which they are justly entitled.”
There are several similar Dutch Colonials in this catalog. Several have shed dormers, Colonial Revival entries, and sun parlors. Each is attractive and the only variation is the floor plan. This model is almost 1700 square feet with Three average bedrooms, the largest of which has a dressing alcove. Bedroom closets are small, so an attic allows storage of off season clothes.
This model has a clothes chute from the second floor to the basement, so hauling clothing and linens is a one way trip upstairs. Most women–past or present–would lose no time training the kids and spouse to put their clothes down the chute.
This model, like a number of other Standard models, also has a lavatory sink just off the kitchen, close to the breakfast nook and dining room so the family could practice “good hygiene” by washing up before meals. A larger living room with a fireplace opens to a sun parlor.
“Every movement for human betterment first find expression in the home. There is something in the inner beings of optimistic men and women which prompts them to lend a hand to the helpless and give a word of cheer to the cheerless. Those who make The Northcliff their home will be prompted daily to radiate the sunshine its comforts will bring.”
The Oakdale is another cross-gable bungalow with a front gable dormer. It’s small with less than 1000 square feet, but has plenty of Craftsman style with exposed rafters, knee braces, and large front porch. It manages to have three bedrooms, but they are very small as is the bath. The living areas are also compact, though with the open archway between the living room and dining room the space would be comfortable for a small family.
“Had the laws of democracy been practiced in every land and country for the past ten centuries, such a thing as paying rent for a home would in this age be entirely out of the question. The unborn desire in every human heart for a home would at least prompt all to possess their place of habitation, even though it were not so beautiful as the Oakdale.”
Of the Standard models in 1926, the Olive contains more Craftsman detail than most of the other bungalows offered. Elements include a full front porch with a hipped roof on the front gabled house. Knee braces, exposed rafters, half timbering, and a shed dormer are all in evidence.
The four bedroom/one bath floor plan has about 1400 square feet. Amenities include a large living room with fireplace and French doors to the adjoining dining room. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry and breakfast nook. The stairs to the second floor have a landing shared with stairs from the kitchen. The fourth bedroom opens off the dining room and would just as easily serve as a den or sitting room.
As with most older homes, there isn’t a lot of in room storage, but in this model there is a fair amount of under eave storage space available. You just need a map so you can keep track of whats back in those dark corners.
“Upon every face is written the record of the life the man or woman has lived and present thoughts and conditions are clearly shown in the voice and manner. Careworn faces and voices with discordant notes seldom emerge from happy new homes like The Olive, in which the very walls are respondent with mutual interest, sympathy, confidence and affection.
There are several two-family duplexes in the 1926 Standard catalog. The Olympia is a solid contender with 1056 square feet per unit. Identical floor plans upstairs and down include two bedrooms, one bath, and open living areas for living room and dining. Sleeping porches for both upper and lower levels are included at the back of the building. The building style is a simple hip roof with Colonial Revival elements.
“The home that nearest approaches in comforts and conveniences the private residence is the modern two-family, such as The Olympia. While the occupants of such dwellings are denied certain private privileges to be found in the individual home, yet there are many practical and desirable features for those who figure them out from a monetary
The Orlando is a good example of the Spanish Eclectic style popular during the 1920s, especially in California, the Southwest, and Texas. The flat roof, use of tile, arched doorway at the entry, and stucco fit with the climate and history of the areas.
Similar homes were built throughout the US. A small house for young couples or very small families, the plan with 1064 square feet, has two modest bedrooms, bath, a respectable living room with a fireplace, kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining room. A covered front porch made a convenient outdoor room for watching the world go by.
“In all parts of the country the demand for small Spanish bungalows is growing and The Orlando is offered as typical of the inexpensive type being constructed in many sections. The coziness of the exterior effect is at once admitted by all and the construction is such as to provide coolness in summer and warmth in winter.”
Colonial Revival is apparent in every line of this modest 1232 square foot home. The roof is a hybrid between gambrel and gable so it provides a full second floor. Ohter elements include the Doric columns at the entry and supporting the balcony.
The veranda below accesses the living room on either side of the fireplace. The living room is large for the size of house, with the kitchen and dining room slightly smaller than average. The kitchen has a breakfast nook. There are three average sized bedrooms and a bath on the second floor.
The Parkwood is a small bungalow cottage of just 1092 square feet. The low pitched, hip-on-gable roof and simple clapboarded house is unprepossessing. A pretty covered porch set off center adds visual interest from the street view and window boxes bring it to life.
For a small house, the living room is generous and a colonnaded bookcase between the dining room and living room enlarges the perception of the space. Two small bedrooms are located on either side of the bathroom. Built in cupboards and a breakfast nook add extra functionality.
“It is a wonderful privilege to forget the unfortunate experiences and hideous images of yesterday and begin life anew in a home like The Parkwood. Happiness is for those who have the faculty to forget and live a new life daily “now and here,” and nowhere is there such an opportunity for a full, new life as there is in a new home.”
The Raeford, with its modest footprint of just under 800 square feet, is unusual in its well conceived plan. There are two bathrooms–a full bath upstairs and a convenient lavatory off the kitchen–certainly a rarity for the period. The upstairs balcony and large front porch provide pleasant outside living as well.
“It is never the size nor monetary value of a home that grips and holds the heart of a child as the years lead him into manhood. Instead it is the sympathy, companionship and love demonstrated by contented parents who have early learned that life is fuller and more abundant in a convenient home of their own such as The Raeford.”
In about 1500 square feet, the Regent combines many features common to larger, more elaborately appointed homes. The kitchen is smaller than usual, but the other living spaces are quite generous. A covered outdoor porch provides an additional outdoor room for the summer months.
“The Regent was designed for those who wish a home of distinction, decidedly different from the many well-known types. There is carefully combined in this home, grace, character, and comfort, and so cleverly have these three features been blended, it will stand as a thing of beauty in any community, regardless of neighboring mansions.”
From its gambrel roof to its covered porch, the Richmond is a Dutch Colonial classic. In just under 1800 square feet, it has a reception hall that would be the envy of many larger homes, more storage space than is typically found during this period, and many stylistic amenities such as French doors and colonades.
“There can be no freedom nor peace of mind in mature life for those who do not pay the price in youth. The price of freedom and peace is independence gained through sacrifice. Those who make the sacrifices necessary to enable them to own The Richmond will turn the present seeming desert into the paradise of their early dreams.”
The Rio Verda
The 1512 square foot Rio Verda was evidently a last minute addition to the catalog because it replaces another model that was pulled. Be that as it may, this home in a Spanish style offered an alternative to the less expensive Orlando model.
With a stucco exterior, tile accents and pueblo style, it a simple but comfortable home that was particularly well suited for the Southwestern US and Texas, though it could be found elsewhere. A large partially covered entry porch spans the front of the house. Extra features are minimal and limited to the breakfast nook, though a fairly large bathroom is an asset.
The plan has three good sized bedrooms as well as average living areas. Probably designed for slab on grade construction, extra storage and laundry area in a basement is lacking.
“Everything in life either grows or decays, nothing remains the same. The man who is not planning and saving to build a home eventually, is allowing his will power to weaken and is going backward whether he is conscious of it or not. The homelike air of the Rio Verda will cause many to renew their energies and strive harder to realize their ambition for a home of their own.”
The simplicity of the Rochester makes it an American classic. Spaces are defined and enclosed by French doors from entry to living room and between living room and dining room. Four bedrooms provide private space for family members.
Considering the overall size of the home, the large livingroom which is enhanced by a large bay window, must have felt comfortable for all but the largest families. Even though there is just under 1700 square feet, this home makes good use of space with little wasted.
“A child seldom becomes a burden on society whose home life has been one of happiness and contentment. The home is the localized center from which initial impulses for good or evil go out. Those who select The Rochester as a home in which to purify the environment for their children may well pay the debt to humanity which all of us owe.”
At about 1400 square feet, the Rosedale is a cozy classic in the best of American tradition. The simple two-story with gable roof is charming and elegant. The arbor off the living room provides additional outdoor living during the warm season. Each room has windows on two sides making it very light and airy.
“The care of a family means responsibility and responsibility in turn creates power. Just as it is more economical to own a home in The Rosedale class than it is to pay rent, just so it is more economical for a man to support a family than to deny himself the breadth of vision which comes as the result of a happy union and happy home life.”
The miniscule Rosemary is the smallest house in the Standard 1926 catalog. With only 572 square feet, it’s hard to imagine a house the size of some studio apartments. It is a side-gabled cottage with a Greek Revival character as demonstrated by the entry with its pediment and columns. Though space could be allocated somewhat differently, especially from the perspective of 80 years later, it, nevertheless, has dollhouse charm.
“All things beautiful are born of love–sometime, somewhere. The artist who fashioned The Rosemary must have been inspired by the influence of a kindred heart and yearned for a place of repose–a little kingdom of their own, far removed from the world of Commercialism, where men clamor blindly for gold and women are swayed by false flattery.”
Another very small house, the Royal is only 832 square feet. It could be best described as a cottage bungalow with the low side-gabled roof, exposed rafters, and decorative pillars. There are just two bedrooms and living areas on the main floor, but an attic provides extra room.
“Large houses have caused thousands of industrious women to become prematurely old. The day for large, pretentious homes is rapidly passing, and the practice of economy in small, convenient homes like The Royal is becoming the joyful duty of housewives. It is not the size of a home that makes it attractive, but the care with which it is kept.”
The San Lois
Exposed roof beams and rafter tails, low gabled roof, and porch supports of battered columns on brick piers, capture several of the distinctive characteristics of Craftsman style. It’s only about 1064 square feet, yet manages to provide three bedrooms, living and dining rooms, plus a kitchen with a breakfast nook.
“It lies within the secret power of every intelligent woman to make the home happy which by her intuition she selects and helps to establish as an institution of culture and refinement. When a home of the decided character of the San Lois is erected at the bidding of a thoughtful woman, society’s call for social example in the home life is answered.”
The Somerset borrows from the English cottage and Tudor styles with its application of brick and stucco exterior cladding, asymmetrical front gable, and arched entry. It’s an ample 1344 square feet. A large living room, dining area, and kitchen with breakfast nook occupy the main level, with three bedrooms and a large bathroom on the second.
“Homes founded on mutual interest are practically proof against the divorce evil. This is true because like attracts like, and when two individuals direct their hearts and efforts toward one single purpose, such, for instance, as the building and making happy a home of The Somerset design, they daily learn to know each other better because they think each
The asymmetrical, hip roofed Spencer embodies many of the characteristics of Prairie style. Though lacking embellishment, the wide eaves, low-pitched roof, and substantial square porch supports attest to its heritage.
With a modest 1450 square feet, it provides three bedrooms and a good-sized bathroom on the second floor, and ample living space on the first including another half bath just off the kitchen.
“If more floor space per dollar is wanted in a home, without the sacrifice of architectural correctness, The Spencer will meet with much favor, for not only is it spacious, but unusually attractive as well, and a study of its floor plan will convince one readily of its many time- and labor-saving features.”
The Staunton model, like most of the Standard homes of the period, is an eclectic combination of styles. It combines the simplicity of a Cape Cod with the asymmetrical roof line found in many of the English style cottages. The rounded entry points to a minor Spanish influence. Two well proportioned bedrooms and a good size bath provide pleasant private spaces. A cozy living room opens to a large covered porch. At about 1350 square feet, it is a pretty little house for a small family.
“Crowded tenements and apartment houses are the hotbeds of jealousy, disease and discord. It is hard for the heart to find room for expression when the mind is full of the cobwebs of gossip. Those who are earnestly seeking a purer atmosphere, where their children can be brought up in a better environment, will find The Staunton an ideal house for a home.”
Another Colonial Revival, the Stoddard incorporates a few derivative Greek Revival characteristics. In addition to the wood clapboard siding and formal symmetry, there is a pedimented porch roof. Though it lacks the wide band of trim at the cornice line, there is a vestigial pilaster at the building’s corners.
An eyebrow window is centered with the front entry and chimney to enforce the symmetry despite a good size porch off to the side. The result is a pleasing visual dynamic. The 1340 square foot interior provides some interesting amenities including a corner storage closet in the bathroom, space for the refrigerator just off the kitchen, and a breakfast nook.
“The reward for a thing well done is to have done it. Homes built by others can never give us the inner satisfaction which comes as the reward for hours and weeks spent in the careful planning of a home of our own. In erecting The Stoddard in accordance with their ideals, many will learn with peculiar delight the care-joy of home building.”
The Tennyson is a spacious Dutch Colonial. The hip-on-gable roof is an interesting feature and gives the house a more cottage-like feel. The front view is asymmetrical with an off-center entry that is balanced by a ribbon of four windows.
A more symmetrical second floor with a long shed dormer brackets the entry and ground floor windows. The curved roof over the entry and sidelights in the surround are common Revival details. It’s a large house with about 1800 square feet.
There are three bedrooms and a sleeping porch upstairs. Interesting main floor features include a large walk-in pantry that also houses the refrigerator, a breakfast nook, and a large reception hall with colonnades. Extra storage was consigned to the basement.
“Love is the great heart opener, the great mind opener and developer. It enriches the life and lightens the heaviest burdens. It sweetens the hardest labor and makes self-sacrifice a joy. In beautiful new homes like The Tennyson, there are no enemies of love–if the lesson has been learned that companionship is the price of peace.”
The Thorndyke is a fairly large, single-floor home plan of just under 1700 square feet. It is an eclectic cottage style with Colonial Revival elements like the graceful columns and curved roof of the porch combined with the side gabled low roof line of the bungalow.
Inside, the home has a number of nice amenities including two good size bedrooms, a large bathroom with both a tub and tiled shower. The living room is large. A colonnnaded bookcase separates it from the dining area, which has a large bay window. The kitchen has a large walk-in pantry and breakfast nook.
A good size porch in the rear of the house is accessible from both the kitchen and one of the bedrooms. Extra storage is available in both attic and basement. All in all, this plan lives up to the Standard billing and many 21st century homeowners could find a lot to like in this plan.
“Unnecessary work is always unfair work. It is unfair for the housewife to be forced to take hundreds of unnecessary steps in the daily routine of housekeeping because she was not considered in the planning of the home. In arranging the floor plan for The Thorndyke, the architect considered first practical economy for the wife who does her own housework.”
The Thurston is not large. At about 1250 square feet, it has plenty of space for a small family. It’s a Dutch Colonial style with gambrel roof. The second floor has full head room with the addition of shed dormers front and rear. The clapboard siding in the lower portion of the house is balanced by the shake siding on top.
Inside, the floor plan shows several interesting features. The stairway access to the second floor is at the rear of the house in the far end of the living room. By providing access to the same stairway from the kitchen, wasted hall space is minimized. There are three bedrooms and a large bathroom upstairs. Storage is limited, so extra space is likely to be required in the basement.
“When one wishes to build a home, there are three points to be considered: first, the size of his pocketbook; second, his family and their requirements; and third, the type of house out of which he can realize the greatest profits if it becomes necessary to dispose of it. The Thurston is not only a practical house for a home, but is always the salable type.”
The Van Dorne
The Van Dorne is an oh-so-cute little Dutch Colonial with lots of traditional charm. A curved porch roof is a favored detail for the period with latticed columns over which one can envision the small pink Cecile Brunner roses in riotous bloom.
In its 1500 square feet, it holds up its end of the bargain with some pleasant features in addition to the typical three bedroom, one bath home. They include a closed vestibule at the entry to reduce heat loss, a breakfast nook, and access to the second floor from the staircase at the rear of the house. The kitchen has convenient access to the same stairway. And for good measure, there is additional attic storage space.
“Happiness is born a twin, and only he who seeks another’s good, another’s welfare, another’s comfort can find his own. The man who early and wisely builds The Van Dorne for a home for his family will not have to hunt for happiness elsewhere, for happiness is the product of good deeds and develops automatically within one’s being.”
In a little over 1000 square feet, the Vernon accomplishes a lot. It has three bedrooms, one bathroom, and the full complement of living spaces. None are large, but all are functional with a few pleasing elements like French doors and a breakfast nook thrown in for good measure. In fine Craftsman-style bungalow tradition, it offers the large front porch, low side gabled roof line with a center gable dormer, and lots of windows throughout. Though small, it has great presence.
“Any woman can be easily measured by her love for home and children. Feminine beauty and sweetness of facial expression count as nothing when compared to these most sacred of human emotions. The gods smile on the man whose heart beats in unison with the lullabies of a happy mother as she cradles a living expression of love in a happy home like The Vernon.”
The Victoria is about 1350 square feet with three bedrooms and one bath. It is clearly influenced by the English Tudor style with its prominent brick chimney, asymmetrical front gable, and stucco exterior finish. A large covered porch and entry adds outdoor space for relaxing. Inside, it is a standard three bedroom, one bath home. Extras include the colonnaded bookcase that divides the living and dining rooms and a breakfast nook in the kitchen.
“A child seldom becomes a burden on society whose home life has been one of happiness and contentment. The home is the localized center from which initial impulses for good or evil go out. Those who select The Victoria as a home in which to purify the environment for their children may well pay the debt to humanity which all of us owe.”
The Warren is a cute little cottage with a sensible garage that houses the car without taking over the facade. It has mixed elements from both bungalow and Colonial Revival styles. The bungalow contributes the low clipped gable roof line and exposed beams. The Colonial Revival adds the front porch columns and railings.
It’s a skinny little house that–at 22 feet wide–would fit on all but the narrowest lots. It’s less than 1000 square feet, but manages in its little footprint to provide two bedrooms, a bathroom, and living areas. Amenities include closets that have casement windows for airing contents. Garage access to the house is through the basement.
“Now that reliable insurance companies in most of the states permit the basement garage without excessive insurance rates, many builders are taking advantage of the garage idea show above. In addition to the convenience, and the saving in the initial cost, one’s car is far better protected under all weather conditions, and its life is thereby materially lengthened.”
The prominent chimney is the first feature that catches the eye in the Warwick model. It has about 1600 square feet of living space. It’s a Colonial Revival style with its traditional side gable, shake siding, and six over six windows topped with decorative crowns. The placement of the entry next to the fireplace is unusual, but the rooms are generally relatively good sized.
A large side porch can be accessed from both the dining and living rooms. The circular floor plan provides good traffic flow from room to room. The kitchen, with an adjacent half bath, has a breakfast nook. On the second floor are three bedrooms, two of which have access to two sleeping porches. A balcony is accessible from the upstairs hall. It has a few oddities which add to its character.
“Man’s strength can easily be gauged by his faith in the strength of woman. Woman’s intuition has always equaled, and in many instances surpassed, man’s reason. Strong men know this vital principle of life and strive daily to keep harmonious the home in which dwells the heart and source of their strength. This is an easy task in beautiful new homes like The Warwick.”
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The Washington evokes all the nostalgia associated with the rose-covered cottage. The lattice entry, Dutch Colonial style, and symmetry combine to meet every ideal of home and hearth. A good sized home, it offers almost 1900 square feet of living space. Casement windows are used throughout the three upstairs bedrooms.
Each bedroom is larger than average. What would be described as the master bedroom also has its own bathroom, for a total of two full bathrooms. Main floor rooms are large; the living room is particularly good sized at 318 square feet.
A sun parlor opens off the living room for a longer view. French doors are used throughout the main floor. The entry opens to a closed vestibule then opens to a large reception hall thus conserving heat.
“When one looks thoughtfully at the colonial style of architecture as shown in The Washington, his thoughts go back to the days when the love of home and family were the most sacred emotions in the hearts of men. There are men with a steadfastness of purpose who inwardly long for the colonial days, and to such The Washington will be an inspiration.”
The tiny Wayne is just 748 square feet with one bedroom and bath, but it’s open floor plan between living room and dining maximizes space with minimum waste. There are no extras above the extra storage of the attic. Despite its size, it’s a cute little hip-on-gable cottage with a pleasing facade, and partially covered porch.
“A good woman can make a cozy, comfortable home around any kind of a hearth, if her affections are satisfied. Single handed and alone, she cannot make the home joyful; she needs from her husband the multitudes of little courtesies and expressions of appreciation to which she is entitled. The Wayne is the style of home many women will delight in making happy.”
The low pitched, hipped roof with overhanging eaves with the emphasis on horizontal lines clearly marks the Prairie influences of this two-story plan. Despite the veranda and sleeping porch wing there is a strong symmetry in the facade.
More than 2000 square feet make this a spacious home with three bedrooms, a full bath, small sewing room, and sleeping porch upstairs. On the main floor, there is a central stairway with both livingroom and kitchen access plus a convenient circular traffic flow from room to room.
Another bedroom is noted on the plan, but would just as easily serve as a den or office. Amenities include a half bath off the kitchen and a laundry room–uncommon for its location near the kitchen instead of the basement. There is a breakfast nook, laundry chute, and has the distinction of being the only plan in the book with a dumb waiter.
“Spacious homey homes like The Westhaven are usually constructed in the suburbs by those whose generous natures lead them away from the cramped and crowded districts where limited space and unlimited noises tend to choke their creative thoughts during hours of meditation. Furthermore, The Westhaven is strictly practical as well as peaceful and restful, and its dignity is undeniable in any community.”
The Westmoreland has the distinction of being the only Tudor style, English cottage in the book. It’s distinctive stucco and half timbered facade makes it look like the storybook house that was so popular during the 1920s. An inset shed dormer and clipped cross gable mass is appealing. The gabled entry repeats the steeply pitched roofline.
Three banks of three windows repeat across the facade with three singles evenly spaced and bracketed within the dormer. By 1925 standards, was a large house with almost 2600 square feet. Four large bedrooms upstairs share a full bath. Downstairs another large bedroom or den is next to another full bath.
The rooms are large but unusual features are few. There is a breakfast nook and French doors from the living room to the dining room. There is a terrace at the entry but no other attached or covered outdoor rooms.
“The life that would be complete, that would be sweet and sane as well as strong must be softened and enriched by the love of all things beautiful. In no other way has man proven his onward and upward march as in the creation of beautiful homes like The Westmoreland. Such homes are civilization’s guide-posts on the path of progress.”
In less than 1600 square feet, the Winchester provides all the necessary space and storage for an active 1920s family. The facade is simpler than many of the other homes in the catalog. The living areas are reasonably spacious and the covered porch allows a pleasant outdoor retreat.
“All mothers should be free from those things which disturb and distress. They should at all times feel a sense of restfulness, serenity, peace and poise. Conditions for such a state of mind cannot be found in crowded districts, but rather in ideal private homes, in the The Winchester class, where only those influences are permitted which tend to satisfy and soothe the maternal senses.”
In about 1250 square feet, the Windsor offers everything a small family needs. With three bedrooms, one bath, and pleasant living rooms, it provides both ample family and private spaces. The Windsor shows it’s English roots in the steeply pitched roof, stucco siding, and prominent patterned brick chimney.
The roof line is interesting with shed dormers on either side of the front gable. A side entry porch balances the mass of the chimney. There is a breakfast nook in the kitchen. There are few extras, but even so it’s a pretty house by any standard.
“Selfishness seldom strangles the man whose pride and ambition lead him to build a home of the Windsor design. Pride in one’s home is the fire that kindles power for success, and ambition is the invisible voice that ever calls man successward. It is home and its accompanying sentiment that develop character of sterling quality.”
The Winston combines English with Cape Cod style for a charming 1350 square foot cottage. Interesting features abound in this floor plan. In the living room, a fireplace inglenook is framed by bookcases on either side. Symmetrically placed double doors on either side of the room open to the sun parlor at the front of the house or the dining room.
The large kitchen has a walk in pantry and a breakfast nook. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms of average size. The front bedroom has a dressing alcove with closets on either side. A small sewing room is tucked away at the back. More modern in it’s streetwise appearance, the plan provides a terrace at the entry, but no covered porch.
“The unprecedented progress of the American people can be attributed more than anything else to the freedom which American women enjoy in the home. When a woman of culture selects a home like The Winston for her kingdom in which to practice the principles of freedom and co-operation, a new star is manifest in the firmament of civilization.”