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  Renovate: 1940-1960s

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The book Renovate 1940-1960s is the fourth in the BRANZ Renovate series covering the renovation of houses from different eras.

Through the 1940s, around 28% of new domestic building work was government-funded state housing. This figure fell to below 10% during the 1960s. This book covers both state and private housing, in an era of considerable growth - 262,000 houses were built in the 1960s.

Early state houses may be plain, but they are regarded today as solidly-constructed homes that are ideal for renovation. Architect-designed homes of the period introduced many lifestyle features still popular today, such as larger areas of glazing, good indoor/outdoor flow, and open-plan layouts.

As with the previous titles in the series, this new book is a technical resource. It covers:

  • exactly what defines 1940-1960s style
  • how these houses were constructed, and with what materials
  • typical modifications they have had in the decades since they were built.

Renovate 1940-1960s also takes you through the issue of getting a consent for renovation work, looking at compliance paths and alternative solutions. Very brief examples show compliance paths that could be used for renovations such as adding a first floor addition, adding a double glazed window where there is currently no window, and adding an extension to a stucco house.

The book is well illustrated, and includes BRANZ easy-to-follow 3D drawings of typical construction details.

The books are complemented by a website, www.renovate.org.nz.