Fibro sheeting changed the trajectory of domestic architecture and enabled a range of new construction techniques and designs. 4 - Spanish Mission/Mediterranean house in rendered brick (1920s to 1930s). Post War - covering a period extending into the 1960's and beyond where minimalist aesthetics, widespread car ownership and artificial building materials converged to create new ideas of municipal planning and residential housing design.Common Inter-war styles: 1 - Multi Gable house with half-timbered gables (ca 1920s to mid-1930s). 5 - Modernist/Functionalist house in rendered brick (1930s with later interpretations in the 1940s and early 50s) and 6 - "Conventional" design, normally in timber but also in brick (1930s to 1950s). Thus began the era of remote automobile commuter suburbs, severed from the constraints of architectural tradition and public transport.
Perhaps the most easily recognisable is the humble gabled cottage which can be found in European colonies across the world.
2 - Pyramid or Short-Ridged Cottages (ca 1880s to 1910).
3 - Asymmetrical Gabled Cottage with stepped veranda roof and "flying gable" infill that is offset from the facade (ca 1890s to 1910). The turn of the century saw the adoption of the Bungalow as the new standard for residential housing.
The presence of fibro sheeting, often made from asbestos, is a good indicator of buildings dating from the early to mid-20s and later.
This cheap and versatile material was often used for gable infills as shown in pictures 1 and 2 below, in combination with decorative timber to imitate classic half-timbered construction.