Queenslander houses and buildings typically consist of three sectional composition: the stumps or underfloor, the primary rooms (which can be one or two levels), and the roof. The trademark of Queenslander house designs are the veranda, which is located at the edge of the house with a part-enclosed construction.
Since Queensland has a tropical weather, this style of architecture is ideal. Queenslander house designs have at least one wide veranda, providing ventilation during the summer and enough shelter on rainy days. Verandas have become a very important part of Queenslander homes, complete with clean, white posts, intricate brackets and decorative balustrades.
Like their inhabitants, Queenslander homes provide friendliness and openness known to the residents of the warmer parts of Australia. The homes reflect a unique lifestyle, making the Queenslander one of the most vital parts of Australia’s heritage. The style was honed in the 1840′s and still continuing its evolution; with present-time architects improving the design and even engaging it into a fusion of two or more styles.
Different Queenslander homes are constructed under different eras, thus the varying styles. Popular styles include Colonial, Federation, Victorian, Art Noveau, Post-WWI, among others. Although mostly considered as “old”, many Queenslanders today are constructed using modern architectural techniques.
Queenslander House Designs
The Ashgrovian Queenslander design is the Queensland version of Californian bungalow, a very popular house style in Australia during the World War II. Ashgrovian took its elements from the bungalow’s classic style. The Queensland version consists of a large gable roof, bay windows, and large, partly-enclosed verandas.
Originally built during the 1900s, Federation-style Queenslander is dubbed as the Australian take on the popular English Edwardian homes. The key features of this style of houses include roof gables with detailed fretwork, high ceilings (which are often 14 feet high), ornate lead lights in varying curvilinear and geometric shapes, timber stumps, weatherboards, and bay windows. The joinery like windows and doors, as well as skirting, architraves and other details typically feature Queensland pine. The main roof is often constructed in one down sweep through the veranda.
Many of the old commercial and residential Queenslander have been put down in order to have space for new contemporary buildings. However, different local governments have implemented their own conversation measures that push to maintain the uniqueness of neighboring towns that feature Queenslanders. Although freshly-built, these modern houses and buildings still consist of the original Queenslander features combined with the modern techniques.
More and more Australians, particularly those living in Queensland, still dream of owning their own Queenslander. It is the ultimate combination of comfort, shelter and art. Although this style of house may require frequent maintenance work due to its materials used, most people find Queenslander house designs worthy of the time of effort needed to maintain the beauty and heritage of this style of home.