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Renovating A 1960s Home

The growing popularity of mid-century style makes right now a great time to start renovating a 1960s home. In the post-war era, we saw public morale renewed which reflected in the homes that started being built. More experimentation in architectural design was introduced, leading to new shapes, designs, layouts, and interiors. 

Hear from the experts at our Norfolk construction company on the standard journey to renovating a 1960s home.


Features of a 1960s Home

Often, these homes feature wide windows which bring added light to the inside. Plus, they usually boast spacious gardens and garages. 

However, at this time, Britain was experiencing a housing crisis. This meant that the style of build often required cheaper materials as they could be constructed quickly while keeping a firm grip on cost.


Investment Opportunity

As stated earlier, mid-century décor and exterior architecture are definitely in trend right now and show no sign of going away anytime soon.

Many professional renovators lean towards older period homes, leaving 1960s properties still at a reasonably affordable price. As they have been constructed in the more recent past, they tend to require less work to bring them up to speed which can lead to a decent saving on renovation costs.

To sum up, renovating such a property can be a great investment purchase or project venture.


What to Look Out For

Once again, the housing crisis plays a big part in whether or not you may want to take on a 1960s home renovation. As most homes were built in record time, some may be victim to substandard build quality. 

During this time, cement was a popular foundation and building material. It was also used for roof tiles. We mention this because knowing what your house is made of could be a great way to counter any nasty surprises during renovation. 

Asbestos is also a concern when it comes to renovating older houses, so it’s worth mentioning as a potential setback.

As stated before, this time period saw a lot of experimental styles when it came to building houses. In some rare cases, it could mean your home is ‘design-forward’, built with only two load-bearing walls. As well as this, unusual designs could bring with them odd layouts or structural issues.

Whatever concerns or worries you may have, a local construction company would be able to offer you help and guidance in making sure your home is of good enough standing for renovation. Renovating a 1660s home in Norfolk or close by? Reach out to Bespoke Norfolk Group


Is Renovating a 1960s Home For You?

If you have purchased your 1960s home already, then the best way to figure this out is by getting to know your property — what materials were used in its construction, take a look at the plans, and speak to local architects. Also, speaking to a professional company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group, could save you a lot of time and effort as they can take on most of the work for you.

With older homes, it’s always smart to dedicate some of your budget to any hidden surprises. It’s mostly cautionary but definitely worth it.

Most homes of this period feature smaller, cramped kitchens which may mean you might want to switch some rooms around, which is something to think about. Another thing to take a moment to think about would be the stairs; the relocation of stairs is popular in 1960s homes. 


Renovation and More

With 1960s homes normally having spacious front gardens and garages, and space at the sides of the property, the possibility to truly utilise all the space your property has to offer is high.

You can do this by building an extension onto your property. So if you’ve found the perfect 1960s home to make your own, but it’s a property that’s on the smaller side, you could consider an extension as part of your renovation project.


Final Thoughts

A renovation on an older property can seem daunting at first, and it’s understandable to feel that way. But renovating such a house could also be one of the most rewarding projects to undertake.

Please feel free to contact us today. We work with a wide network of some of the best professionals in the country who can help shape your home into something amazing.