How to Renovate a Queenslander

A Queenslander is an iconic type of Australian home. These homes are usually built on stilts or raised from the ground in some way. This is to help them stay out of water during flooding and cyclone seasons. Additionally, they will often have porches that are covered from the elements. Queenslanders are set up to maximise airflow throughout the house as tropical Australia can be incredibly warm. In addition, they usually will have hardwood floors and high ceilings, with lots of windows - thus further cooling down the home. Despite their beautiful and iconic nature, however, Queenslanders have several dilemmas that often occur during renovation - but there are ways to avoid these issues.

With these specific styles of homes, it can be difficult to create a floor between indoor and outdoor living spaces. This is usually due to the stilts or raised living areas that are present to protect from flash floods. To remedy this, you could consider adding on an additional kitchen or living room on the bottom floor. This will be costly, but it will allow you to have a flow between a patio and an indoor living space. Sunshine Coast Storage can also provide storage space for all of your personal belongings during the renovation period. Make sure when adding downstairs rooms that they have adequate drainage and protection from flash flooding.

If you want a more complete overhaul of the bottom part of the house, make sure that you check your local building codes first. In Australia, the minimum ceiling height is between 2.1m and 2.4 metres. In many Queenslanders, the lower portion of the house will be shorter than this. Thus, to create a space on the first level, you may have to raise the ceiling and floor of the entire structure. Again, an expensive project. If you do this, you will have to empty out all of the furniture in the top floor of your house and store it elsewhere, like at Sunshine Coast Storage. If you don't have the budget for a project this extensive, consider making an addition off the side of the house with the adequate ceiling height. Before beginning construction, make sure to double check all the rules and regulations.

If you are renovating a Queenslander in a Southern region of Australia, you may want to consider increasing the insulation. Queenslanders were originally designed for a Northern climate, thus, they are built to stay cool - not warm. The iconic design, however, spread South, so it is not uncommon to see these houses further South. When renovating a Queenslander in the South, consider getting the house sealed and assessed for cracks and leaks. This project is less costly than the others, however, if you need to replace insulation, you should remove belongings from the affected areas. Insulation is full of fibreglass which can irritate the skin and lungs. When the time comes to put in the new insulation, consider temporarily storing your furniture at a storage facility, such as Sunshine Coast Storage.

For many owners of Queenslander homes, they have trouble doing much with the back yard due to septic tanks. Unfortunately, many of these homes are still on septic systems. When renovating a Queenslander, these should be one of the first things to go, because they are labour intensive to maintain and not as effective as sewer. In addition, they prevent you from fulling utilising outdoor space. Thus, consider getting added to the city's sewer system and having the septic tank removed all together. This opens up a host of new possibilities for the back yard space, as well as eliminating an ageing septic system.

Finally, building a pool for a Queenslander can be an ordeal and a half. Because most of these homes are raised from the ground, pools have to be on a different level from the house most of the time. This makes maintenance and space transitions difficult, and it can be nearly impossible to supervise children swimming. This can be remedied in two ways. The first is to create some sort of raised building that your pool or spa sits on top of, so that your pool is on the same level as your living spaces. This can be expensive, but an awesome addition to your home. The other option is to add some sort of downstairs space, like an outdoor barbeque and kitchenette. This way, there is somewhere to sit and cook or relax by the pool. This will eliminate all the running up and down the stairs.