Council home improvements - before and after

We’re modernising and improving council homes in Birmingham.

The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Please note that the before and after photos are not always from the same property.

Front doors


We are replacing all our wooden front doors with UPVC when they are no longer fit for purpose. This makes them more secure and reduces future repair and maintenance costs.



The majority of council houses in the city have UPVC frames. The few exceptions are where customers have refused the work, listed buildings and housing blocks that are being assessed for future investment or disposal.

We are working to replace all single-glazed and non-UPVC windows with double-glazed UPVC windows, to make our homes warmer and energy efficient.



We will replace roofs on our homes when they are no longer fit for their purpose. We will prioritise the roofs that cost the most to repair and maintain.



When we identify a kitchen that needs modernising we may replace it, carry out extension work, or alter the layout.



When we identify a bathroom that needs modernising we may replace it, or alter the layout.

Central heating

We service and repair all central heating systems in council owned homes every year.

We are working to replace the 6,000 gas warm air units with more efficient ‘A’ rated condensing boilers. We will also replace the small number of ‘G’ rated boilers, and those that are expensive to repair.

Other works

Some council houses may also require other works, such as:

  • decorating communal areas
  • door entry systems
  • electrical rewiring
  • fire protection, chutes and soil stacks
  • insulation works
  • legionella prevention
  • lift refurbishments
  • soffits and fascias / external painting
  • structural investigations
  • structural investment
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