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.
But, at the start of 1946 it was a bright new world.
Thirteen million American men and women had just returned from wartime military service.
Lives that had been on hold since the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941 were resumed.
There were a record number of marriages in 1946 and again in 1947, and a record number of births — the beginning of the Baby Boom generation. Young couples with infants were living above garages, in spare rooms, in tiny apartments with their parents; returning veterans were forced to live in their cars. The ideal of actually owning a home was distant dream to the average wage-earner.
The government erected temporary veterans shelters to ease the problem in particularly overcrowded areas. It took years and years to save enough for the hefty down payment on even a modest pre-war house. So, the most that young post-war families looked forward to was just something clean and decent to rent.
The Times cites 'garage size family rooms and stainless steel appliances' as early 21st century equivalents of the conversation pit and the avocado colored refrigerator. All of these elements are architectural or a part of the house, which is more of a commitment than a trendy pillow or lamp.
Not long before this thread was created, the New York Times had an article on , and the phenomenon of homes that were decorated at a certain point in time, and never updated.“You don’t want guests in the living room or dining room when you’re walled off in the kitchen,” Swanson says.“Plus, you’re changing traffic flow, which is freeing up space in general.” Even if your kitchen’s layout works well, if its decor hasn’t been changed in a decade or two, you may want to freshen things up. Should I build the largest house I can or should I build the nicest house I can afford? I LOVE the building (and remodeling) process, have been through it many many times, and am here to help. What if I forget important details or my builder doesn’t have the designer’s touch?