What to consider when renovating a QueenslanderTips and Advice
If you own a Queenslander style home that needs renovating then you need a Queenslander architect. By that, I mean an architect that has a wealth of experience in renovating these styles of homes. One who understands both their pitfalls and their potential.
Let me explain what I mean …
Downsides of Queenslander homes
Queenslander home designs are typically lacking in many areas. Often cold in winter and hot in summer they are normally not well insulated and feature small windows which fail to take advantage of the homes elevated position when it comes to capturing cooling summer breezes.
And even those homes that do have windows and open doors that capture naturally flowing air, fail to make the most of it due to the traditional configuration with walls and hallways stopping the air from circulating within the home.
Smaller windows also limit the amount of natural light that enters the home. Whilst many people picture Queenslanders as being bright and breezy, plenty of them are actually a bit on the dark side a situation that is further exaggerated by those hallways and walls.
Typically Queenslander homes suffer from gaps around window and door frames, between floorboards and even occasionally in walls. This adds significantly to the cost of heating and cooling driving up the running costs of the home.
Upsides of Queenslander homes
But of course there’s always a silver lining and for Queenslander homes, it’s the fact that they’re packed with potential.
Insulation and sealing gaps is one of the first things that need to be looked at. If your Queenslander home has previously been renovated this might have already been addressed but if not you will notice significant benefits from work done in this area.
Next, the internal layout of your home needs to be considered. As I mentioned traditional Queenslanders tend to be a series of closed-off rooms connected by a hallway. By opening up the kitchen and living areas you can immediately give the home a more modern feel with the added benefit of greater natural cooling possibilities. These benefits can be further enhanced by things like larger windows, louvres and sliding doors.
Of course, the design of your Queenslander renovation will ideally retain the homes natural character and charm while perfectly suiting your lifestyle and this is where working with an experienced Queenslander architect can make all the difference.
At dion seminara architecture we have a wealth of experience Queenslander renovations. We can show you how to get the very best out of your Queenslander home with a design that lowers your running costs and enhances your lifestyle. Contact us today and let us help you achieve your renovation goals.
DION SEMINARA, DION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE
Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 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.