1950’s Style Home Renovations: From ugly ducklings to beautiful swans

1950’s Style Home Renovations: From ugly ducklings to beautiful swans

Renovations, Tips and Advice

There’s no point sugar-coating it, many 50’s style homes are just downright ugly. But that’s not to say they are devoid of potential. Just as the cygnet in the Ugly Duckling story grew into a beautiful swan (sorry if I spoilt it for you), your 50’s style home can be transformed into a modern-day masterpiece.

We’ve done plenty of these renovations. Each one different as they should be. After all, no two projects are ever exactly the same. We create true bespoke designs for all of our projects. The one common trait among these renovations, is that each resulted in a stunning outcome.

Your home can be a thing of beauty as well. It can be visually stunning, work perfectly with your lifestyle and enjoy the benefits of improved energy efficiency.

How might you ask?

Well, as I mentioned, it’s different for every project. But the key is you need a highly skilled architect with a wealth of design experience and talent. That would be me in case you were wondering.

1950’s Kenmore Renovation

If you own a 1950’s style home, then the chances are the structure has a lot of untapped potential. Often, 1950’s homes have ‘good bones’. Rooms tend to be well proportioned, and many have a reasonable flow, which can be further enhanced during the renovation. The exterior of these homes tends to be bland. Many are simply square boxes. But a contemporary exterior makeover can truly transform these homes, turn bland into breathtaking.

If the internal flow does require an overhaul, then reorientation of the interior rooms might be an option. If more space is required, then building a second storey is another consideration, one that opens up all sorts of potential design options.

As with any design though, it’s all about catering for your lifestyle needs. At dion seminara architecture, we are the leaders in lifestyle design.

Get great design advice at the Reno + Design Show

We will be attending the Reno + Design Show at the Brisbane Showgrounds on the 13th and 14th of March. So, if you’re looking to renovate your 1950’s style home, or any other style of home for that matter, call in and see us on our stand and let us give you the very best advice.

Dion Seminara Architect


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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.