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The question whether the worker requires in his komo a "sitting-room" in addition to a "living-room" has been discussed by Mr G. Hurst' Seager, organiser of the Town-Planning Confer 1 ence, in reference to • a criticism that the conditions of the house-plannjng competition provided only ' one . livingroom. Mr' Seager said that conditions had been framed' with the object of providing plans for workers'^ homes that would be suitable for New Zealand conditions at as low a cost as possible. The factor of cost, which determined the rent, had to he kept in view. The provision of ■ a sitting-ropm eer-, tainly was not finding favour with town-planners generally. Most of the cottages in the garden suburbs had a good living-room, a kitcnen and three bedrooms. The conditions of the competition provided for a covered openair room, or deep ' verandah, which could be used very often as a lounge or meal room. This room would be of special value for children, who were not considered at all in the planning of many houses. Many New Zealand children must play either in the streets or iv the rooms where their mothers were working. This deficiency ' had been emphasised during the epidemic. Wash-houses wore not asked for in the competition drawings, said Mr Seager, since it was preferable that there should' be a properly equipped laundry for- each group of houses.. This laundry would have proper appliances, including a steam drying-room, and' its use would save a great deal of the lai bour of washing. The cost of a fully- ! equipped laundry to serve a group of houses would be less than the cost ot individual wash-houses of , the usual [£ype for the same number, of houses.

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MODEL LOW-COST HOMES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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MODEL LOW-COST HOMES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919