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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1933. Department of Architecture.
There are a great number of architectural styles that are readily adapted to the small houses of Nebraska. There are certain elements that must be taken into consideration: It is highly desirable that the roofs have enough pitch that the rains of summer and the snows of winter will not remain on the roof long enough to soak through and ruin the plaster beneath. The walls should be thick enough or well enough insulated so that a minimum of heat will be required in winter and to provide protection for the natural heat in summer.
The source of building materials is an important item to Nebraskans. Lumber is the most economical material because of its unlimited supply from nearby sources and the multitude of uses to which it can be put. In certain sections of the country stone can be procured and in practically all parts of the country brick can be made to economical advantage.
The American often wants to enjoy the freedom of suburban or country life, but he wants, at the same time, all the conveniences of the city dweller. As things stand now, it is difficult to give him both at a price he can pay. It is our problem, then, to devise a plan that will give the average Nebraskan a private house and garden, together with cooperative utilities and services, at a total cost within his means.