23 May 2011

Achieving a fusion of past and present – bringing the best of Queensland architecture into the 21st century

Renovations | Tips and Advice
Renovate A Queenslander

Beautiful Old Queenslander

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.
All of the above is not to say that the Queenslander was always universally loved across the state and the type actually went into something of a decline in the 1950’s to 1970’s. There are many reasons behind this, including:
  • 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).
The result of these factors was that thousands of Queenslanders were demolished across the state to make room for ‘modern’ homes. In the process a significant percentage of the architectural heritage of our state was destroyed. We are now, thankfully, much more aware of the fact that Queenslanders (and also the type) is worth preserving and cherishing. If you feel the same way we encourage you to make use of the services of dion seminara architecture to help renovate a Queenslander through beautiful architecture renovation designs.
We can give your Queenslander a new lease of life by retaining the things that make it great while bringing it into the 21st century. We would also be delighted to help if you would like to design a new Queenslander from scratch. Being rooted in Queensland we know the type intimately and can help you to creatively combine tradition with modern comforts. The results will be a home that looks like it belongs in the environment while providing a hearty welcome!
Renovate A Queenslander

Renovate a Queenslander or design a new Queenslander

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!
When you appoint Brisbane Architects, dion seminara architecture to renovate a Queenslander our focus will be to do our level best to find out more about your lifestyle and what exactly you require from your home. We will then set to work to provide a design that will be exciting and creative as well as welcoming and eminently ‘liveable’. Please click HERE to find out more about our services, to see how we can give your Queenslander a new lease of life or even how we can design a brand new one for you. We look forward to hearing from you!
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