Cranbrook Rotary: 0052.0675

ROTARIANS PREPARE FOR MINSTREL SHOW – Dixie Dandies Rehearsing Their Parts For Performance Jan. 5th & 6th.

            Cranbrook Rotarians are a busy lot these days.  Active preparations for the first annual Rotary Minstrel show are under way and every member is working day and night to get into shape.  At Tuesday’s luncheon most of the time was taken up by Mack MacPherson, the king of minstrelsy, who put the tenderfoot through his paces.

            Harry McKowan made his debut on the speaking platform and gave a very constructive address, which will make interesting reading for everyone in Cranbrook who owns a home or contemplates owning a home.  Harry’s address is printed below:

Some Things to Look for in Buying or

Building a Home.

            Buying or building a home is a serious undertaking, as we usually expect to live in that home for a number of years and I have made out a list of some of the most important things to consider.

            Quite a number of points that should be considered by either the buyer of a finished house or the man who is having a new house built for him, can safely be decided by the individual himself.  There are other points, however, on which he would be wise to consult some disinterested professional man, either an architect or a good builder.  The charge for such service is not very great and is often of inestimable value.  I have divided the points under three headings – the design, the arrangement of the interior and the construction.

            Take first the design or style of the exterior and the location.  In this connection it is well not to confuse style with fashion.  Style is permanent.  Fashion is short lived.  Style is an investment while fashion is a fad.

            The house should be of simple design and attractive appearance.  It would be well to ask yourself this question, “Do I want to live in a house that looks like this 365 days of a year for many years?”

            Do you like the neighborhood?  Are the houses in the vicinity and the people who live in them, the kind that you will want to see every day for many years.

            See that the setting of the house is convenient to the street and the ground well planted.  The lot must also be well drained.

            How does the house face with respect to the sun?  It should be built so that you will have sunlight in your living rooms and sleeping rooms and provision should be made for cross ventilation in these principal rooms.  It is also well to see that the porches do not darken the rooms too much.

            In examining the interior, make sure that you like the arrangement of the rooms.  That they are conveniently located so that the housework can be easily carried on.

            The kitchen should be convenient and not too large.  An unnecessarily large kitchen makes extra work, in that there is that much extra space to keep clean, and it necessitates more steps to do the same amount of work.  It should be arranged so that the work can be done without too much effort.

            See that you can get to the bath rook without having to go through other rooms.

            There should be plenty of closet and storage space, a closet in each bed


(p12 – Continued from page 1)  room and a cloak closet convenient to the front door

            The stairways should be easy to climb and have plenty of head room, and should be arranged so that there will not be a draft down into the living room.

            If there is a cellar or basement with heating plant or laundry in it, see that these are easily get-at-able both from the inside and outside of the house.

            Each room should have plenty of light and a comfortable feeling, and most important, see that there is a place for beds, bureau, piano and other special furnitures.

            See that the electric outlets are conveniently arranged for your comfort and use.

            In getting into the construction of a house, there are two points of view, one for the house that is to be built and one for the house that is already built.  For the house that is to be built, the best assurance of having it right, is to build from plans and specifications that are complete enough to insure good construction throughout.

            A house well planned and well built is not only a comfort while you are living in it, but is always a valuable asset if you ever want to dispose of it.

            If you are thinking of purchasing a house that is already built give careful consideration to these points:

            Look about the house carefully to see if there are any signs of settlement about the walls and foundation of the building.  Examine the foundation walls for cracks or leakage.  The basement must be dry.  Examine the centre posts to see if they are sound at top and bottom and if the girders supporting the joist are level and do not show signs of sagging.  Look for cracks in outside walls if they are of brick, tile or stucco.

            The condition of the plaster is a very good indication as to whether or no the house was well braced when it was built.  Look for long cracks with wide openings, especially diagonal cracks.  Look particularly for cracks over large doors and windows.  If you find them, the supports over these openings are not strong enough.

            Look for stains which indicate water leaks from the roof.  Examine the plaster around windows and outside doors for stains which mean leakage of air.

            Look at the doors, windows, floors and millwork generally.  Do the floors squeak?  Are there wide openings between the boards?  Are the floors level?  See if the casings are warped or pulled away from the plaster.  Do the doors swing freely?  If a door does not close, perhaps the whole frame of the house has sagged.

            What kind of plumbing fixtures are used?  See if they are in good condition.  In the drain pipes in the basement see if there are cleanouts at the base of vertical risers so that these can be cleaned.  Are the faucets in good order?  See if the water runs through them freely, without hissing.

            The heating plant should be looked over.  See that the grates are in good condition, the insulation in place and in proper quantity.  Find out if you can whether the house is easy to heat, and about how much coal was used in previous winters.

            Look over all the woodwork, both inside and out.  If the paint is peeled off, blistered or discoloured or the varnish off the floors you may immediately have a job of re-painting.

            Roofing deteriorates rapidly.  Look at the shingles to see if they are curled or broken.  If so, some work will have to be done here.  If the shingled roof is in good repair the shingles will lie flat.  Look over the eve trough and spouts.  Some of these may have rusted out.

            Endeavor to find when the house was built and by whom, and whether insulation was used in the outside walls.

            Do not let enamel paint, special hardwood floors, sunporches or other luxuries, make you forget the far more important points.

            There are other things to look into, such as the title of the property, whether there are electricity, water and sewerage connections.

            Obviously, if these are important things with the purchaser, they are equally important to the man who is building a house, whether it be for his own use or to sell.

0052.0675: Cranbrook Rotary

Cranbrook Rotarians actively preparing for the first annual Rotary Minstrel and speech of some things to look for in buying or building a home.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  December 15, 1922
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


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