The art deco style appeared in the 1930s and marked a significant departure from villas and bungalows.
The arrival of the art deco housing style of the 1930s heralded a complete change from the ornate Victorian/Edwardian villas of the beginning of the 20th century and the more casual bungalows of the 1920s.
Common problems and remedies
A wide range of problems and issues affecting design and structure – in particular, to do with weathertightness and moisture – will need to be considered as part of any art deco house renovation.
Most art deco houses have retained their original street appearance. However, it is common for other parts of the house to be modified or repaired.
Art deco houses were built without insulation, and typically still lack it. Adding insulation can be difficult.
The wooden floors in art deco houses often lack insulation, and some boards may be affected by borer, splitting or other damage.
Interior features and finishes
The interiors of art deco houses matched the exteriors, with clean lines and minimal decoration.
Art deco houses typically had flat or low pitch roofs. Often, these are associated with weathertightness problems.
Kitchens and bathrooms
Some art deco bathrooms remain in close to original condition. Kitchens are likely to have neen renovated.