MAIN­TAIN­ING A MID-CEN­TURY HOME

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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.

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