Building a vacation home with real plywood

Building a vacation home with real plywood

Building a vacation home with real plywood

Building a vacation home with real plywood

The images above are from small booklet published by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association in 1960. The booklet shows off 18 houses that use real Douglas Fir plywood as the primary building material. In case you were wondering where in a house you might find plywood, there’s a handy diagram (last image) color-coding the different locations and uses of plywood in your future vacation home.

The booklet and homes inside epitomize the early 60’s for me. The houses are modern. This was a time when people could afford vacation houses, even if modest ones. Many of these houses have bunk beds or “bed spaces” which is really just a place to put a mattress on the floor; it’s hard to imagine that people building vacation homes today would be happy sleeping on a bunk or the floor. The book is also page after page of only white people: tanning, riding horses and taking pictures of deer.

I came across the booklet on the Building Technology Heritage Library, an online resource with “a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides.” Browsing plumbing catalogs from 1926 is more fun than you would expect. The archive is definitely worth a gander.

February 1, 2012 / By

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