Laing Easiform houses were produced by the famous British construction company and now investor, John Laing PLC. They were first constructed in the period directly after the First World War.
Laing Easiform houses were produced by the famous British construction company and now investor, John Laing PLC. They were first constructed in the period directly after the First World War. Over 100,000 more were built over the following 40 years. Laing Easiform is a type of non-standard construction, similar to Airey houses or BISF houses, and so they often give rise to several questions.
In this article we’ll answer all of the most common questions about Laing Easiform houses. We’ll cover what Laing Easiform houses are, their history, how they are constructed, and a few tips on how to spot one. Then we’ll discuss how to get a mortgage on a Laing Easiform house and whether or not you should buy one. Finally we’ll talk about the best way to sell a house of this construction type.
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Laing Easiform houses are a type of non-standard construction developed by the British construction firm John Laing Group PLC. The first Easiform house was built in 1919, and over the next 40 to 50 years tens of thousands more were built across the country. This method of house building was favoured during the inter and post war period to address housing shortages because of the adaptability and speed that the design allowed.
Laing Easiform houses are built using a system of construction that builds cavity walls using concrete instead of bricks, and steel shuttering or moulds for speed. Poured concrete is moulded on-site using moulds to create an inner and outer skin, with a cavity for insulation. The walls are typically stabilised using steel wall ties that connect the inner and outer skins. Laing Easiform housing was innovative and effective because it allowed houses to be erected incredibly quickly without compromising structural strength.
Laing Easiform construction was very adaptable. Over 25 different types of housing were built using this method of construction ranging from houses to apartments and maisonettes. They even supported additional features such as bay windows. Over the years, there were three main versions of the Easiform system. The MK1, MK2, and MK3.
The MK1 version was built between 1919 and 1928. This method had 8 inch thick concrete walls and was built using No-fines concrete (named so because it contained no fine sand). Only around 2,000 houses were built using this method and they are now very rare.
The MK2 version is more common than the MK1 and was built between 1928 and 1945. This version had a cavity separating inner and outer leaves of 3 inches thick. The outer skin was typically finished with a pebbledash or a gravel aggregate to give protection against the elements.
Finally, the MK3 version is the most common type of Laing Easiform house. Built after 1945, this method was more customisable than the previous two versions and was modified to specification. The concrete walls were cast in situ and reinforced with bands above and below window openings. Inner and outer walls were reinforced with steel rods to strengthen the structure, and ground floor partition walls were also cast in-situ using clinker concrete.
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