So, You’re Looking at Renovating a Post War to 2000’s Home?

So, You’re Looking at Renovating a Post War to 2000’s Home?


Some people say that post war to 2000’s homes don’t have a lot going for them. And design wise some can be pretty bland.

But I love post war to 2000’s homes.

Well, not in their original form. But I love creating renovation designs for these homes.

Perhaps it’s because I am so familiar with their shortcomings and after all these years know exactly how to address them. But each one is unique, because the needs of each owner are unique.

Post war to 2000’s homes tend to have ‘good bones’, which is a great base to start from. And they really do lend themselves to contemporary renovations.

So, let’s look at the key considerations when renovating a post war to 2000’s home.

An overview of post war to 2000’s homes

Post war to 2000’s homes, as the name suggests, were built after World War 2.

Immediately after the war there was a shortage of skilled labour and building materials. These homes tended to be modest. Think 2 bedrooms and perhaps a sleep-out kind of modest.

Owners often did much of the work themselves. Therefore, the designs tended to be bland – basic both in terms of function and form.

Post war to 2000’s homes were often made from a combination of bricks and weatherboard, although some were completely made from one or the other.


Post war to 2000’s homes pros and cons

Whilst there are a lot of things going against them, post war to 2000’s homes have some good points:

  • Quality materials – such as copper pipes and some quality timbers
  • Great renovation potential
  • Often found in desirable locations
  • Frequently built with good orientation

However, the downsides are numerous:

  • Very poor energy efficiency
  • Small interiors
  • Bland design
  • Lack of insulation
  • Poor internal layout
  • Small kitchens and bedrooms
  • Narrow hallways
  • Dampness and mould issues

How do they rate in terms of sustainability?

Well, in a word – poorly.

But if you own one you probably have already noticed that.

Post war to 2000’s homes tend to have small windows that don’t let in a lot of natural light.

Homes built in Queensland around this period mostly have casement windows that can capture cooling breezes. However, the lack of sunlight can make them damp and prone to mould and mildew.

Poor floor plans means that air doesn’t circulate freely through the home. They commonly lack insulation resulting in homes that can be unbearably hot in summer.

Post war to 2000’s homes are often poorly sealed, with gaps and cracks around windows and walls. This allows hot air in and cooler air-conditioned air to escape.

When it comes to renovating post war to 2000’s homes, eco improvements should be near the top of your wish list.



Options for renovating post war to 2000’s homes

As I’ve already mentioned, I love renovating post war to 2000’s homes.

For all their downsides there is plenty of potential.

To start with, they are often built on timber stumps. So, moving them and/or raising them is a real possibility.

They lack internal space but lend themselves to being renovated. Often, they are small homes on reasonable sized block in desirable suburbs. By adding on an extension and addressing their poor floor plans it’s possible to create a wonderful contemporary renovation, whilst still keeping the desirable aspects of the original home.

And whilst they were often bland in appearance, they can look rich in character with the right type of renovation overhaul.

The key as always is in getting a great design.

Chances are your post war to 2000’s home has been renovated at some point. But I’m guessing if you’re still reading this, then it doesn’t suit your lifestyle needs.

If your home doesn’t suit your needs, then you need us to create a home design that does.

The good news is that all 4 ways to get more space in any home are an option for post war to 2000’s homes.

Reconfiguration and refurbishment  

Ok, this one is a given. Even if you decide to add an extension or raise the home, chances are we’re still going to want to reconfigure your existing layout. It will improve flow, energy efficiency and your overall enjoyment of your home. Click HERE to find out more about this style of renovation.


If ever there are homes that need extensions, post war to 2000’s homes are it. We have done some stunning post war to 2000’s home extensions over the years. Click HERE to discover my top tips for adding an extension to post war to 2000’s homes.

Raise and build underneath

There are so many reasons why you might want to raise your post war to 2000’s home and build underneath. Whether it’s a lack of space for a conventional extension, or a desire to access stunning views from a raised home, this style of renovation could be a complete game changer for your property. Click HERE to find out more and to see some great examples.

Pavilion addition

On the right block, with the right type of home, a pavilion extension can be nothing short of stunning. Click HERE to see some great examples and to find out more about pavilion additions.

Dion Seminara Architect


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Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 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.