Achieving a fusion of past and present – bringing the best of Queensland architecture into the 21st century
Renovate a Queenslander?
There can be few parts of the world that is so closely identified with a particular style of home architecture as Queensland. Saying ‘Queenslander’ immediately conjures up a certain image in the minds of Australians and probably also in a fair few people beyond these shores. These homes, which have defined style and practicality in our state for much more than a century, can still be seen all across Brisbane and the rest of the state and the type is still going strong.
There is so much to like about Queenslander Homes:
- Raised living spaces allowing for comfortable living in the climatic conditions of our state
- Stylish and cool verandas providing unique spaces for socializing and entertaining
- High ceilings
- A strong focus on channelling and assisting cooling airflows
- Extra space underneath the house for storage or parking
- Queenslanders are somewhat more flood-resistant than ‘normal’ homes due to the main living areas being raised.
- The increased availability of high powered earth moving equipment (since Queenslanders are raised off the ground they required less heavy site preparation and they were therefore often the ‘easiest’ type of house to build).
- The growth of Brisbane and other cities placed a huge amount of pressure on land availability. ‘Home and land’ packages using standardised designs (without ‘space hungry’ wide verandas) became the norm.
- Queenslanders traditionally require a great deal of maintenance and many people thought that it might be better to simply opt for lower maintenance types.
- Lifestyle requirements also caused some people to abandon their Queenslanders (e.g. older people who could not cope with stairs anymore and wanted to move to ‘flatter’ homes).
Some things we would be happy to discuss when you want to renovate a Queenslander or build a new one:
- Making the most of the excellent semi-outside spaces offered by verandas
- Updating the interior of your Queenslander to fit in with your lifestyle
- Making sure that your Queenslander (old or new) is as energy efficient as possible
- Making design and material decisions that will lead to reduced maintenance requirements
- Generally working towards a design that you can’t wait to get back home to since it represents all that ‘home’ should be!