In the previous posts I have spoken about The Villa and The Bungalow. Now we move onto the Art Deco (1920’s – 1940’s). This style of home originated in Europe in the early years of the 20th Century. It became widely known following the great Exposition des Arts Modernes Decoratifs et Industriels, held in Paris in 1925 and from which its name was ultimately derived. By the late 1930s it was in its streamlined phase and after World War 2, the International Style, devoid of all decoration, held sway. Many of them built for war people these homes are both built strong and built to last.
People built these homes to express themselves in one way or another. They have great artistic flares and a presence about them that no other home has.
· Mostly Rough-cast over native timber framing; well braced with solid diagonal. If over time the studs do rot the sarking will hold the house together.
· Usually coated with 4 coats of plaster for strength, so are very strong.
· Well detailed flashings and eyebrows over the windows.
· Flat roofs, but used full length industrial profile iron with good flashings, they are virtually leak proof if maintained well.
· Solid concrete foundations.
The Not so Good Points:
· Design not necessarily suitable for modern lifestyles.
· Exits are not well designed for having too many people over.
· Bathrooms are generally small.
Art Deco homes to me are one of the more character homes of New Zealand. There are areas close to where I live that have whole streets of these homes on them and these homes can be painted in very extravagant and bright colours and get away with it. They form a great part in any community and there are some people that really love them.