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Old house, Whakaangiangi Road, Awatere, Gisborne, New Zealand

This old abandoned house is characterised by the unusual extent of using corrugated iron as cladding. Many early houses used corrugated iron because of availability and price, but it was generally confined to the sides and backs of houses.

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I've had a comment before that this type of construction must have resulted in houses that were cold in the winter and hot in summer. That is probably true, especially because wall and ceiling insulation was not used in early New Zealand homes. However in this region of New Zealand, temperatures in the summer are warm (average temperatures of about 20deg and max temperatures rarely above 30) and mild in the winter (average temperatures of about 10deg and rarely below 0). Corrugated iron would have served well as protection against rain and wind.

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Interestingly, corrugated iron has rarely been used for anything other than roofing material over most of the last century, but is now not uncommon in some modern homes, when combined with modern insulation materials.

 

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Taken on January 28, 2012