Kitchens and bathrooms

The vast majority of kitchens and bathrooms in 1940s–1960s houses will have been renovated to some extent.


Kitchens typically had electric stoves and plenty of built-in storage, but were relatively small by today’s standards. Read more.

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Bathrooms and laundries

Few 1940s and 1950s bathrooms and laundries will remain in original condition. Read more.

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Electricity and gas

Electricity was widely used for lighting, water heating, and to operate appliances such as electric stoves. Some houses will need rewiring. Read more.

Plumbing and drainage

Common problems include deteriorating pipework if upgraded in the 1970s or 1980s. Read more.


Solid fuel was commonly used for heating. Read more.

Water heating

Most homes had electric water heating but some used solid fuel to provide or boost hot water supply. Read more.