Why You Should Consider a Pavilion Addition for your Colonial/Worker’s Cottage/Queenslander Home

Why You Should Consider a Pavilion Addition for your Colonial/Worker’s Cottage/Queenslander Home


If you wish your home was bigger, a pavilion addition might be the way to go.

Most Queenslander homes that have been renovated will have been built under, or simply been reconfigured. Therefore, pavilion additions are not really common, but they should be. They can be perfect for this style of home.

A pavilion addition can offer several benefits for Queenslanders. For example, a pavilion addition is often cheaper. Plus, they tend to be more flexible and often require less reworking of your existing home.

Because a pavilion addition is in many ways a separate building, there’s often less impact on your day to day life while it’s being constructed.

What is a ‘pavilion addition’?

It’s an addition to your home, as the name implies. But whereas a common home addition expands the existing roofline of your home, a pavilion addition is essentially a separate building that is constructed and then joined to your home.

Now, I’m over-simplifying that a bit. It’s important to keep in mind that the pavilion addition MUST be designed to work in with the existing home. And it may require a tweak of your current roofline to connect to your home.

So why is it cheaper?

Well, pavilion additions are not always cheaper than a more conventional addition. They can sometimes cost more. But because there is less remodelling and reworking of your current roof, the price can be cheaper.

Altering rooflines can add to the complexity of the design and therefore, the cost of the project.

Pavilion additions can be created at ground level or raised, which is more common when adding one to a Queenslander home which is already up off the ground.

The advantage of having a pavilion addition created off the ground is that it maintains yard space, whilst increasing the interior space within your home. Your pavilion can span your backyard swimming pool, or entertaining area, giving you the best of both worlds.

But enough about that. Let’s look at what’s important when it comes to adding a pavilion addition to your home.

What will the pavilion addition be used for?

You may be adding a pavilion addition because you want another living area, or more bedrooms etc.

But will these new rooms be housed in the pavilion addition? Or are you better off changing the internal layout and moving existing spaces into the new addition and changing the layout of your current home?

For example, if part of your pavilion addition is to accommodate an outdoor entertaining area, you’ll probably want your kitchen close and handy. You might need more bedrooms, but it might be more beneficial to convert spaces in your existing home into bedrooms and move your kitchen into the new space.

If you want the best possible outcome it pays to keep an open mind about your floor plan.

Same materials or contrasting?

Queenslanders are often visually attractive homes. But that beauty can be even further enhanced by choosing contrasting materials.

Panelling for example, can provide a wonderful contrast to timber and tin.

A pavilion addition doesn’t need to blend into your existing home. Having it be defined by different colours and materials can give an outstanding result. However, you may wish to keep with the theme of your current home. This is definitely an option that we will need to discuss for your project.


Your pavilion addition will be brand new, so it doesn’t need to repeat the sustainability sins of the original home.

It can be bright and airy, with beautiful natural airflow and ample natural light. Your pavilion addition can have high ceilings, that give the impression of more space whilst keeping the space cooler.

Ample insulation will further reduce the running cost of your home, so even though your floor space will be bigger, the eco-friendly additions will help offset any additional running costs. Plus, you will have more roof space for solar panels if you want to go that way.

This is probably a great time to make some eco-modifications to your existing building to further improve the liveability and sustainability of your home.

Great design

Your biggest consideration in all of this is getting a great design.

A bespoke design, tailored to your specific needs, should give you more space, better flow and better connection.

It’s a common mistake for homeowners to simply add an additional, only to find that they’re really no better off. A poor design will leave you feeling frustrated. The existing home and pavilion additional must work together in a way that suits how you choose to live.

Contact us today

But there’s only so much we can cover in a generic sense. You really need to contact us to discuss your particular needs.

Just pick up the phone and give us a call. We can discuss your needs, your block and what you’re hoping to achieve. From there we can look to get together in person.

Don’t put up with the limitations of your Queenslander. You’re sitting on potential. Call us today and let us help you tap into it.

Dion Seminara Architect


We are experts at home design, renovations and new homes and ensure good value for money outcomes.

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.