The wooden floors in art deco houses often lack insulation, and some boards may be affected by borer, splitting or other damage.

Floors: original details

Original art deco houses typically had tongue-and-groove wooden flooring supported on timber joists. Read more.

See use of timber for details of timbers commonly used in art deco house construction.

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Common problems and remedies


Floors in art deco houses should be checked for borer and other damage. Read more.


Art deco houses will generally benefit from installation of underfloor insulation. Read more.

Matching new framing to existing

New framing timber has different dimensions from original art deco framing. There are several ways to deal with the differences. Read more.