MAINTAINING A MID-CENTURY HOME
According to architect Ivy Tablante-Darilag of Structura Architects, and heritage conservation expert Manuel Singson, “A house built [in the 1950s] would have been designed with clean, linear silhouettes, and a great consideration for incorporating nature into the structure.” Living in a mid-century abode is ideal for those who prefer homes with a straightforward design and passive cooling solutions. Consider yourself lucky if you live in a home like this. But that doesn’t mean there’s no work involved as far as maintaining it is concerned. What kind of maintenance does this kind of home require? Here’s a quick guide:
1. Conduct a thorough visual assessment of all portions of the house
regularly, preferably every six to 12 months. “This will allow you to identify possible problems even before they occur, like exposed surfaces,
structural(beams, columns, members stairs, truss),and plumbing electrical or wiring, sanitary lines,” Ivy explains.
2. If possible, refer to asbuilt plans of the house. This will allow you to trace locations of unseen fixtures such as pipes and columns embedded on walls, among others.
3. Focus your maintenance work on materials used on exposed surfaces (e.g. walls, ceilings, window frames, flooring, eaves, roof) if the structural frame is intact.
4. Strip off paint from certain portions to assess the condition of the surface material. Wood and steel are considered “sensitive” materials, and should be checked thoroughly before repainting or refinishing. 5. Steel should be checked
for corrosion. If steel used for structural components (trusses, columns, beams, stairs) has corroded, replacement might be necessary. Concrete is a more stable material and requires less maintenance.