Porches

Houses of the 1940s and 1950s typically had front and rear porches.

These shallow, recessed porches provided protection from the weather for front and rear entrances.

As eaves became wider, recessed porches became less common. Towards the end of the 1960s, a defined entry point was also dispensed with as the front door opened directly into the living space.

The steps and floor of the porch were in situ reinforced concrete with a solid plaster finish to cover any rough finish to the concrete.

Where posts supported an overhead roof, the base of the post detail was typically as shown in Figure 1. The walls surrounding the porch were typically clad in asbestos-cement sheet, but oil-tempered hardboard was sometimes used.