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02/09/2017 11:34 pm  

Howard House

The Howard house was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd who also designed the BISF House.

The steel framed designed was privately promoted by John Howard & Company.

The Howard House had a  more industrial aesthetic design, and Sir Gibberd was more adventurous in his use of innovative materials and technologies of the time.

Asbestos cement cladding panels are clearly expressed with metal flashings over a base course of foamed slag concrete panels, with windows and doors fitting within the module set up by the cladding. The recessed mid section was adventurous in its design, giving the outward feel of a building style more reminiscent of continental homes of the time.

Unlike the BISF House, this house proudly displays its lightweight prefab nature, but there are also technical advances that set the Howard House apart, for example the pre-cast concrete perimeter plinth that supports a suspended steel ground floor.

The Howard House was amongst the first in the country to be built on a large scale. In total, 1,500 Howard Houses were built.

The living space was approximately 20sqft with the kitchen and utility room contained within the recessed wing on the ground floor and the Bathroom and toilet located directly above on the first floor of the house.

At the time, these houses garnered great interest both in the building techniques and planning methods that were employed.

The steel frame itself was structurally simplistic in its design and the large living room which spanned from front to back of the building, enabled easy access to the rear garden, with 4 access doors in all. Two being at the front and two at the rear. Sometimes a screen was placed at the front of the property which was sometimes converted into a covered veranda or more permanent extension to the kitchen area.

 

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