Excerpt from Village Clubs and Halls
If such a method saves a hundred pounds on first cost, but means an extra ten pounds a year on the coal bill, the economic advantage is not apparent. It may sound like a counsel of perfection to suggest that all windows and external doors should be of oak or teak, but they are worth an effort, for their provision means that no outside painting will be wanted every two or three years. It is the re curring cost of work like this that breaks the hearts of managing committees, yet if neglected the fabric will soon decay and call for more drastic repair. Internal plastered walls should be avoided as far as possible. If a Village hall is used by Boy Scouts and other energetic folk, the plasterer's services are soon wanted to remove their impress but it would be absurd to quell high spirits for fear of damaged plaster. A good red brick is satisfactory for the inside face of walls, for it can take little harm and does not readily grow shabby but simple panelling is better.
These are the sort of considerations which building committees need to take into account. It is far better to begin by building one or two units of a complete scheme, say a hall and cloak room, and build them well, than attempt to finish the plan, with its club rooms, etc., and build shoddily. In all cases it is important to see the end of the scheme from the beginning, and to instruct the architect so to prepare his plan that, as the club grows in strength and prosperity, new rooms and features can be added as organic parts of a shapely and well-considered whole. There is no harm in an obviously temporary wall marking a future pre - determined extension: it may serve as a stimulus to orderly and generous minds.
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