29 Aug 2016

How to renovate a traditional Brisbane home without losing its original charm

Renovations | Services | Tips and Advice

If you’re thinking about renovating a traditional Brisbane home you have a big decision to make, one that could be anything from a disaster to a raging success depending on who you choose to create your design.

Now sure you would expect me to say that being an architect, but hear me out as I explain the reasons behind my earlier statement.

Renovating a traditional Brisbane home – inexperience equals risk

The first thing I would say to anyone looking at remodelling or renovating a traditional Brisbane home is don’t go with someone who is inexperienced. Work with an expert if you want to get the best results.

Too many times I’ve seen inexperienced architects and building designers create renovation designs that don’t match the character of the home. Now, this is partly in my opinion because they didn’t understand what features gave the home its character in the first place. Instead, they’ve gone with a contemporary makeover which has destroyed the character of the original home, resulting in a soulless house that’s neither modern nor traditional.

If you want a great result work with an architect who is an expert in traditional Brisbane homes.

Contemporary renovation needs to blend in with the existing structure

We all want modern conveniences but it needn’t come at the expense of the character of the home. I have experience in Queenslanders, Colonial homes, 50’s homes right through to 80’s/90’s homes. When it comes to renovating a traditional Brisbane home I understand how to maintain the charm of the existing home whilst giving it a modern makeover that improves the lifestyle of those living in it.

My experience allows me to identify what it is about the home that gives it its charm. I have the ability to source materials and appliances that work in with the existing building. From mouldings and cornices to modern day kitchen appliances that have an olden day appearance I am able to bring your home into the modern era without losing its nostalgic appeal. This is crucial when renovating a traditional Brisbane home.

Understanding what can and can’t be done

Of course, depending on the age of your home there may be limitations on what you can and can’t do. This is where my experience helps as I understand the building codes making it easier for me to help you gain the approvals you need.

With over 30 years experience in the building and design industry in Brisbane, I understand past trends and am well positioned to predict future ones. My designs will add value to your property not diminish it, thus saving you from making expensive mistakes.

Renovating a traditional Brisbane home is an art form that not everyone has mastered. Don’t risk your investment. If you want to make the most out of your investment work with an expert. Call me (07 3899 9450) today and let me help you make the right choices for your future.

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