Boot house

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Boot houses were houses built in the United Kingdom after World War I to accommodate the housing boom following the war.[1] They were named after Henry Boot, whose construction company (Henry Boot Limited), produced an estimated 50,000 houses between the end of World War I and the start of World War II.[2] Due to a shortage of bricks, boot houses were built using precast reinforced clinker-concrete columns.[3] Structural tests in the 1980s revealed significant deterioration in the concrete as a result of carbonatation. The Housing Act 1985 provided government grants for homeowners of such "defective" houses.[4]

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  1. ^ Beckett, Derrick; Paul Hugh Marsh (1974). Timber. Surrey University Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-903384-02-5. 
  2. ^ Wellings, Fred (2006). British Housebuilders: History and Analysis. Blackwell Publishing. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4051-4918-1. 
  3. ^ Baggott, Rob (1995). Pressure Groups Today. Manchester University Press ND. pp. 202–204. ISBN 978-0-7190-3579-1. 
  4. ^ Parnham, Phil; Chris Rispin (2001). Residential Property Appraisal (3rd illustrated ed.). Taylor & Francis. pp. 300–302. ISBN 978-0-419-22570-6.