An old house is apt to be damp and out of repair. The back yard should be kept neat and sightly, and should not be made a dumping-ground for rubbish and litter of all sorts. A good veranda is equivalent to another living-room. Every dwelling should have a cellar to contain the heating-apparatus, store fuel, and for comfort's sake.
Given the continuously changing nature of this situation, we have a few things to occupy your mind and time for a few minutes. No dreadfully long articles this time, I promise.