State housing was the biggest influence on New Zealand housing from the 1940s to the late 1960s.
State housing dominated much of New Zealand building during the 1940s and 50s, while during the 1960s a distinct ‘New Zealand style’ began to emerge.
Common problems and remedies
A wide range of issues affecting design and structure will need to be considered as part of any 1940s-60s renovation.
Many 1940s-60s houses have retained their appearance, but modifications are fairly common and may be extensive.
Few houses built in the 1940s and 1950s were insulated. Insulation may be required as part of any renovation project, and in any case will provide benefits for occupants.
The wooden floors typical of 1940s-60s houses often lack insulation, and some boards may be affected by borer, splitting or other damage.
Interior features and finishes
Plasterboard walls (painted or wallpapered), softboard ceilings, and timber joinery were features of 1940s-60s houses, though decoration was minimal.