In May we did a full home window replacement for a couple looking to do their first major home renovation.
This unspectacular looking ranch house – dubbed "The Chicken House" by Chip (there was a henhouse in the backyard) – was built in 1949 and had three bedrooms, two baths and 1650 square feet.
The flagstone walkway, stairs and front entrance as well as the roof and overhangs are original to the home.
A two-car garage was carved out of the home’s northwest side; new windows open up the south side of the home, allowing for plenty of sun.
By 1946, the demand for new housing had been growing for years. All of the "strategic" materials needed to build housing went to war with our armed forces and built barracks, airfields and officer's clubs from Burma to Murmansk.
The Great Depression of the 1930s depressed, among other things, home building. Housing starts plummeted 90%, from 937,000 in 1925 to barely 93,000 in 1933. In 1940 rents reached an all-time high, prompting the very first Federal Government rent controls. By the end of the war housing demand had been steadily outstripping supply for an entire generation.