In the Past four posts I have spoken about The New Zealand Villa, The New Zealand Bungalow, The Art Deco Era and the New Zealand State House. Now we move into the transitional era of housing for New Zealand (1960’s -1980’s). This is the time when we saw the beginning of the developer driven construction. Houses of this time we still built by qualified builders but there were some compromises the durability of materials used. For example pine or particle board flooring material was used instead of tawa or matai, window frames were made from aluminium and many buildings used artificial weatherboards.
Houses of this time were very much family orientated. This was the time when many of the baby boomers were in the prime of their child bearing ages. One of the major reasons of this time becoming developer driven was because of this huge demand for family homes to house the baby boomers families. There were a lot of homes all built in a very close time frame. The properties of this time had larger living rooms than previous homes and were more integrated into living areas.
These homes built in this era are considered by many to be the good ol kiwi family home. We all have at some stage of our lives lived in one. Here are a few points on these homes.
· Family orientated, often had larger living spaces for families to congregate in.
· Mostly northern facing and positioned good for the sun.
· The first homes to start having good indoor outdoor flow.
· Were cheaper to construct than all the previous homes, but are easy to modify if needed later in the years.
Not So Good Points:
· Was the first time pressed iron tile roofing was used. Was weaker than other materials but if fitted properly still had good durability.
· Some problems with condensation and insulation. Especially homes fitted with gas heaters.
· Homes were still plain in design and rectangle. Most had a similar floor plan with slight variances.
These homes are a good family home. Although not as grand as any of the previous homes and built with more of a budget in mind they still offer a good solid and fairly cost efficient home to own.