Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen finds how a revolution in DIY helped transform post-war britain.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen finds how a revolution in DIY helped transform the gloom in post-World War Two Britain. From January 2004.
The Practical Householder was Britain's first guide to the world of DIY. Launched in the autumn of 1955, it flew off the shelves and launched a thousand dreams, fast becoming established as the 'how to' magazine for every job around the house, from fixing leaky taps, to building your own electric washing machine. It even featured architect-designed plans for a house for its readers to build. Laurence Llewellyn Bowen tracks down the men and women for whom PH was a monthly bible, and who constructed their own dreams in bricks and mortar across the length and breadth of Britain, including Sue Morley of Southend, who still lives in her Scandinavian style chalet house, and Gordon Broomfield of Orpington, who, with his wife Marjorie, built not one, but two houses.