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Âť What If Nothing Changes?


Âť Fall 2010


another behind. one of the worst sites is the steep unifor m side of

all climates we should, if possible, secure a barrier either of higher

should be so placed, if pr acticable, as to pr esent an agr eeable ap-

if pos

a hill, closely sur rounded by other hills equally high and steep.

grounds or thick belts of tr ees (evergr eens ar e best) on the side

pear ance, being neither too closely scr eened nor too much exposed.

of tr

the style of building you propose to er ect (if first decided upon)

of the house look ing in the dir ection from w hich violent stor ms

tr ees, etc.: a grove or belt of w ell-grow n for est tr ees, to serve as

the d

must be considered with reference to this point. a plain, low cottage

most fr equently come. the north side of a high hill or r idge, wher e

a shelter and a basis for future oper ations in planting, adds greatly

the n

very proper ly nestles in some quiet nook at the base of a hill or

the dir ect r ays of the sun would be excluded for a large portion

to the va lue of a site ; indeed, so important do w e consider this

sun w

r idge, while the mor e pr etending or namental villa may with equal

of the time, is entir ely u nfit for a building site, su nlight being

point, that we should make it an essential one in our ow n case. but


propr iety crow n its summit. aspect: the choice of an aspect should

every where essential to health and comfort. in a northern climate,

such situations a r e not a lways r ea dily fou nd, a nd some would,


be deter mined mainly by local and climatic consider ations ; a fr ee

a souther n or southeaster n exposur e w ith shelter ing hills on the

doubtless, pr efer to plant their ow n tr ees, even w hen they can


play for the cooling br eeze being essenti a l in one place, a nd a

north is gener ally pr efer r ed. in r efer ence to the main points from

not hope to live long enough to see them in their fully developed

pr efe


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