Bungalows used native timbers for framing, and a range of claddings such as weatherboard and stucco.
In any renovation, you’ll need to consider insulation and re-lining, and may have to deal with issues such as undersized framing or other structural weaknesses, and moisture.
Use of timber
Often, two or more forms of cladding were used on the same bungalow. Read more.
Brick bungalows aren’t common but are found in some parts of the country. Read more.
Bungalows were typically constructed without insulation. Even with modifications, most villas fall below current insulation requirements. Read more.
Structural problems in bungalows include undersized framing, brickwork with failing mortar, and problems with foundations and subfloor. Read more.
Matching new framing and cladding to existing
Bungalows have generally coped well with moisture because of their wide eaves and weatherboard construction. Read more.
Rot is sometimes found around windows and on weatherboards. See rot for more.
Flashings and cladding fixings may be affected by corrosion. See Remedies: roofing and cladding for more.
Lack of underlay
It was not uncommon for walls and roofs of bungalows to be clad without building paper or underlay. Read more.