Friday, July 17, 2009

Atomic Ranch Homes

Check out these Mid-Century homes and more on flickr!

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2 comments:

  1. Those are prarie style houses with the low pitched or flat roofs. Those were a pain! No insulation in the ceiling and the roof leaked all the time. Was always a problem. Lots of single paned glass windows. You froze in the winter and the heating costs today are just astronomical in those things.

    Slab floor and if there was ever a plumbing problem they had to jack hammer your floor up. The roof was felt with tar and gravel. And then they went to ashault but with asphault, its so heavy it has to be completely busted off when it comes time to replace the roof - about every 5 years due to the blistering sun we get here.

    That's one thing about those old houses I do not miss! Somebody bought my uncle's old flat top and winged roof house. He flew over in an airplane during the winter with a thermal camera. All pitched roof houses were white looking. His was black! All the heat escaping through the uninsulated roof.

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  2. Wow, didn't know all this! They look so awsome from a design standpoint, but yes, even my 1950's Ranch has it's issues.

    Luckily some of the neighbors had the gravel and felt roofs, mine was shake shingle, now plywood and asphalt shingles.

    But the living room faces the sun, and is half floor to ceiling windows and it's hotter than Hades in there in the summer!

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