1930's and beyond

Housing stock in the UK changed dramatically after the First World War.

The concept

Because of labour shortages and a rising population, large, new developments of spacious semi-detached houses began to spring up.  New materials such as composite bricks, critall windows and formica changed the look and feel of these houses. The beginnings of a brave new world had blossomed.

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Over the years these shiny, modern houses have suffered a series of highs and lows. But the question is how to create a personalised stylish home fit for the 21st Century.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Create the look

Bold, contemporary paving especially new, large format porcelain paving with its glossy, fine textured surface is the perfect partner to the simplistic sophistication of the 1930 and 1950’s houses with their architectural detailing and simple design ideas.

Dark colours will complement replacement modern glazed windows and alterations such as big bi-folding doors. The great thing with porcelain is it can be inside and out so it maximises the visual look of the space.

If your house has square projecting bay windows or the more traditional bow fronted window accentuate these design details by bringing the pattern into terraces and the overall layout of the garden. Big, glossy, evergreen shrubs will evoke the original design concept of outdoor living.

Remember that modern and post modern houses are made to be clothed in climbing plants so use easy self clinging climbers such as Hydrangea seaming to create the rich glossy green texture so needed to bring the simplicity of this type of property to life.

Many gardens of the last century were big enough to really go to town, incorporating trees, small crab apples and greengages are ideal with blossom and fruits - if your garden has none, add them for not only the fruits which are edible but for birds and to reduce surrounding noise. If fruit isn’t your thing, modern birches coupled with oiled teaks and hard woods work well with existing architecture and contemporary paving to bring a Scandinavian modern feeling moving the 1930’s home truly into the 21st century design style wise!

Many 1930’s houses had access to flat roofs originally and whilst this may be long gone the bauhaus ideal of outdoors and fresh air can be evoked with strong architectural planting and wide paths. Build in clever details with laying patterns and bringing in mixed areas of paving.


Old Riven

Crazy paving made use of post war bomb damage but you can recreate this look stylishly by coupling riven paving with smooth textured edging bands or wide areas of smooth paving linked by riven or old town paths.