House building boomed in the UK in the 1920s and 30s. In its heyday, 300,000 private and 60,000 council houses were constructed annually. Most were semi-detached houses built along new transport lines into the countryside around major towns and cities, especially London where the city expanded rapidly into Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey.
Windows and doors in 1930s houses
Inspired by Art Deco, the 1930s semi incorporates other design elements including mock Tudor and chalet style. While some more “modern” houses featured galvanised iron windows, the most common and more charming look was white-painted timber frames. Most owners of 1930s houses will have replaced the windows at least once, but some of the original frames still do exist.
Single or double storey bay windows are also a common sight. Most incorporated flat windows arranged in a semicircle, although in some cases curved glass and frames have been fitted. Leaded designs were also common.
Front doors were typically made of timber, varnished or painted and usually featuring a glass panel. Stained glass patterns were common with traditional Art Deco designs. Sadly, many of these have been replaced over the years with unsympathetic door designs.
Premier Windows and Doors for 1930s properties
Fortunately, it is entirely possible to install replacement windows or doors to match original 1930s designs like for like – but this time without the maintenance! Developments in technology means that modern timber frames are treated to last longer and can contain slimline double glazing. uPVC manufacturing has also improved to look and perform better, giving you all the benefits of modern double glazing without having to compromise on the Art Deco aesthetic.
At Premier, we offer both hardwood and uPVC casement windows, as well as traditional timber front doors with fully customisable decorative glass. Want to know more? Browse our website to see what else we can offer, or send us a message to enquire about our services.