New living styles, new materials and architect-designed homes from previous decades influenced 1970s houses.
Architects, factory housing, regulatory changes and new materials and methods all influenced the houses of the 1970s.
Common problems and remedies
Most 1970s houses are likely to be fairly sound, though some design and structural issues may need consideration as part of any renovation.
Many 1970s houses remain in original condition, though some have been modified.
Houses built in the 1970s were generally not insulated. Insulation may be required as part of any renovation project, and in any case will provide benefits for occupants.
The floors of 1970s houses often lack insulation, and 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 1970s houses.
Most houses of the 1970s had gable roofs with a relatively shallow pitch. A range of claddings was used. Some roofs may need maintenance or replacement.