26 Nov 2014

Post war home renovations

Renovations | Tips and Advice

With land becoming scarce in sought after areas, many Brisbane buyers are turning their attention to post-war homes.  This style of home is commonly found across a 10-kilometre radius of the City, making it an attractive investment option.

Post-war homes were built with the pressure of limited building materials and a need to build many homes as quickly as possible.  They generally feature a low pitched tile roof, casement windows and hardwood timber floors.


Source: Brisbane City Council

Detonate or Renovate?

The age-old question – to start from new or to improve upon the existing property by renovations and/or extending the home? With fewer restrictions on them than their earlier counterparts, demolishing this style of home is a popular option. But these mid-century homes make a great starting point for renovation, with hardwood frames that were built to a very high standard.

The downside to this style of home is that the rooms are very separate and don’t afford the open plan that is so sought after.  They also generally don’t offer as many bedrooms and bathrooms as most families require.

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Extend your living space

A common approach to post war home renovation is to raise them and build in underneath with a large deck upstairs.  The disadvantage of this method is the loss of connection between the living areas and the outdoor areas.

An alternative renovation option is to add a separate, open-plan extension that is connected by an internal walkway to the rear of the existing home. This preserves the integrity of the original house.

Less ornate than the Queenslanders before them, this simple house style works well with principles of popular modern architecture. They provide homeowners with a blank canvas upon which to create their ideal contemporary residence.

To find out how we can bring your mid-century home into the modern day, contact us at dion seminara architecture today on 07 3899 9450.

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