Although they are called Cornish Units, we have found them all over the country. They come in various makes and models as do the other houses that we mention. They were traditionally constructed with a concrete frame. The unusual thing was the mansard roofs that ran all the way down to the first floor level.
They have a very well hidden structural metal frame.
These were pre-cast concrete panel buildings with a concrete ring beam at first floor level with a timber frame internally.
This was concrete panels which were a storey height secured by metal angle brackets (believed to be steel) with concrete beams forming the first floor.
This is pre-cast concrete, storey height columns with ring beams. These have mansard roofs to first floor level.
This is a mixture of both a metal frame and a timber frame.
We have come across quite a number of these in our surveys. This uses a lattice work of metal beams.
Comes in both solid and cavity wall forms built from a no fines concrete.
Possibly named after the contractor. Again this is a steel framed building.
These are concrete panels.
A feature of these is that they may have a flat roof with an asphalt finish.
These are concrete column construction with a render or pebbledash finish externally.
Hollow panel. These are structural concrete columns and beams cast in situ.
This is a good example of a large panel concrete house.
This is pre-cast reinforced concrete frame with concrete panels, two storeys in height.
Swedish timber dwelling
Built with a timber frame.
Pre-cast concrete panels with first floor ring beam. The panels are very wide.
Cast iron panels bolted together.
Unity and Butterly
Pre-cast concrete column, metal plated beams. An unusual external finish of a small looking concrete panel.
Believed to be named after the contractor of that name. Pre-cast reinforced concrete panels with ring beams at first floor level.
Pre-cast reinforced panels.
Wimpey No Fines
In situ mould type no fines concrete with a variety of different thickness of walls depending upon the age and type.
Whistle-stop tour of the non-traditional housing market
This is a brief overview of some of the non-traditional houses. There are many, many different types. We have surveyed ones where there are only a few thousand ever produced and we have also surveyed other types of non-traditional houses where there are many thousands produced. In our experience as chartered surveyors they all need their own individual survey as they have their own unique problems.
We feel our surveys are quite unique, as they are written to your level of knowledge. The surveys include photos and sketches and definitions. The survey will also include an action required section and an estimate of costs in the executive summary. We are more than happy to meet you at the property whilst carrying out the survey to discuss any specific issues you may have or have a general chat about what we have found at the end of the survey. Please contact 0800 298 5424 for a chartered surveyor to give you a call back.
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