Pre World War II Houses Compare to War Time Houses


A comparison of two different types of homes each built for very different reasons.


These houses built for longevity which you can find in all parts of the country usually have a large living area, up to 3,900 square feet, and the basements are usually not finished. Back in the day these basements were used to store either coal or wood and were not suited as living space.

All of these pre -war houses for the most part where constructed with such things as exterior walls: 2×4 in. stud walls with RSI 1.4 bat insulation, solid stone and / or brick masonry, sometimes some had insulation, ceilings average RSI 2.6 (R-15) insulation. Windows are single glazed with storm windows; exterior doors are solid wood panels and the foundation is constructed with concrete, stone or brick at times without footings, damp proofing or insulation. Many of these beautiful homes have additions that were added on later such as closed in porches or summer kitchens. These closed in porches and summer kitchens are now converted in additional all years round living quarters.


These homes were built between 1941 and 1947 by War Time Housing which today is now known as CENTRAL MORTGAGE HOUSING COMPANY. In order to provide housing mainly to families of returning veterans, they were inexpensive and sometimes prefabricated designs in order to help keep cost down. Many of these were offered to others such as munitions workers. They could be bought for an affordable figure by the veterans or munitions workers and their families. These homes all have 1 1/2 storey. All of the rooms are smaller in comparison to modern homes.

The first floor of the war time home consists mainly of a kitchen, a living room, and a 1 1/2 piece bathroom. The second storey has two bedrooms and a full bathroom. The foundation of these homes is for the most part a crawl space. It is now estimated that one million of these homes are still in existence today.


Source by Renald Hull