Standard Construction House

24/10/2017
Any standard construction house from the post-1950s has generally been built using brick and/or block walls with damp courses sat on a concrete foundation and has a tiled pitched roof.

When most people think of these properties, they tend to think of detached or semi-detached houses, but the term covers terraced housing from this era too.

Standard construction implies that these kind of properties were built according to modern, accepted building standards, an advantage regarding the ease of being granted a mortgage for one, or buildings insurance and for ease of selling on. In contrast, non-standard construction properties, where for example wood panels, steel frames or prefabricated concrete have been used, are normally at a disadvantage regarding these matters.

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What does a post-1950s standard construction house look like?

This kind of property is predominantly two storeys high, although lofts may frequently be converted and dormer windows cut out of the pitched roof.

Standard Construction House
House fronts may be white-washed, pebble-dashed, painted or bare bricks. You often find mock-Tudor ornamentation on the second storey at the front of the house.

These properties can be found everywhere and on any particular estate, you might find that all properties look the same or very similar, particularly on a council estate, but on many estates you might have two or three types which you can see at regular intervals even in the same street, for example.

Often, these properties have a small front garden which may have been concreted or tarmacked over. They may have porches but these tend not to advance beyond the main front building line of the property. Double glazing is most often seen these days, but you can sometimes see these properties with their original windows.

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What issues does a post-1950s standard construction house have?

As a type, these properties are reasonably robustly built but the older they are, the more that materials et cetera will need to be maintained.
Standard Construction Terraced Housing.

You often note moss and algae on the roofs of older properties of this type. This is mainly caused by bird droppings providing a medium for plant spores to take root and, over years, the build-up attacks the roof tiles and mortar and leads to leaking and dampness. The time required to repair such a roof and the costs involved depend on the severity of the condition.

Most of these properties will have been rewired but you cannot assume this. The same can also be said for double glazing. Some houses still have the original single glazing which is more susceptible to damp, condensation and draughts. If the replacement windows have been badly installed or do not have devices to combat condensation, damp can still be a factor.

What sort of home buyers survey does a post-1950s standard construction property require?

Because these properties were built post-1950s, in terms of age a HomeBuyers Report will normally suffice, and this is also the case because of their being built with standard construction materials, but there are certain caveats.

If the property in question has been extensively refurbished and/or has been extended, either vertically or horizontally or is very large, you would get a Building Survey; this is also the case if there are a number of outbuildings on the plot.

If you need any advice about which survey to book for a property you are interested in buying, please call our offices on 0333 344 3234.


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