Preface; Part I. A Sketch of the History and Development of Domestic Plan in England; 1. Programme of the inquiry; 2. Eleventh century: the Saxon time; 3. Eleventh century: the Norman time; 4. Twelfth century; 5. Thirteenth century; 6. Fourteenth century; 7. Fifteenth century; 8. Sixteenth century; 9. Seventeenth century; 10. Eighteenth century; 11. Nineteenth century; Part II. Exposition of Plan as Now Practised: Introductory Chapter: Classification of apartments; First Division. The Family Apartments: 1. General considerations; 2. The day rooms; 3. The sleeping rooms; 4. The children's rooms; 5. The supplementaries; 6. The thoroughfares; Second Division. State Rooms, etc.; Third Division. The Domestic Offices: 1. General considerations; 2. The kitchen offices; 3. The upper servants' offices; 4. The lower servants' offices; 5. The laundry offices; 6. The bakery and brewing offices; 7. Cellars, storage, and outhouses; 8. The servants' private rooms; Fourth Division. The Stabling and Farm Offices, etc.; Part III. Notes on Site and the Grounds: Introduction; 1. The choice of locality; 2. The choice of site; 3. The arrangement of the grounds and adjuncts; Part IV. Notes on Architectural Style: 1. Introduction; 2. Elizabethan style; 3. Palladian style; 4. Elizabethan style revived; 5. Rural Italian style; 6. Palatial Italian style; 7. French-Italian style; 8. English Renaissance style; 9. Medieval or Gothic style; 10. Cottage style; 11. Scotch Baronial style; 12. Concluding remarks; Part V. Notes on Accommodation and Cost: 1. Preliminary data; 2. Modes of estimating; 3. Supplementary expenses; 4. Calculation of prices, cubical and superficial; 5. Example of a house of the value of 1250L; 6. Example of a house of the value of 2500L; 7. Example of a house of the value of 5000L; 8. Example of a house of the value of 10,000L; 9. Example of a house of the value of 20,000L; 10. Example of a house of the value of 40,000L or upwards; 11. Estimate of stabling and farm offices; Part VI. Appendix: critical notes on the plates.
This 1864 guide to stately-home building for 'gentlemen', by a leading architect, includes a history of British domestic life.