Picking Your New Home’s Style
The Queensland landscape is adorned with a variety of character homes, ranging from the humble cottage all the way to bespoke, architecturally designed masterpieces.
Choosing the style of your home may be influenced by availability, cost and other factors beyond your control – for example, the practicality of moving a large Queenslander into a small inner-city lot, which might not be ideal – but the possibilities are endless.
We’ve looked at a few popular designs found all over the state and provided a little insight into the elements that influenced design aspects over the years.
Old Colonial Architecture
Popular in the United States, colonial homes became sought after in Australia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Most houses built in the early years were single-room dwellings, evolving over time as other rooms were added to the building.
Colonial homes are symmetrical and basic, and most of the homes built during Australia’s early years incorporated influences that were becoming popular in Europe at the time.
The beginning of the Victorian period saw the revival of gothic architecture.
A combination of gothic and classical style homes were built during this era. Homes from this period can be divided into three periods; early, mid, and late Victorian homes.
The early Victorian period gave us homes with symmetrical layouts and facades, and the main access door front-and-centre in the design. Homes from this period normally have corrugated iron roofs and a veranda in the front of the building.
The mid-Victorian period introduced lacework to the facades of buildings and weatherboards on the exterior, and more and more homes started to focus on decoration and aesthetics.
This period also saw a rise in terraced homes, homes with parapets, and walls separating properties.
The late Victorian style is possibly the most decorative type in Australia’s history, and is also known as the Boom style.
Timber fretwork became popular during this time, and transformed many existing homes into the Federation style from the Edwardian era.
The Original Queenslander
Queenslander homes are renowned for their stylistic and practical living, airy interiors, characteristic verandas, and gabled rooflines.
Queenslanders feature an all-round painted timber appearance. They are raised to improve airflow in the harsh Queensland summer, and their wide verandas are enclosed by shutters. These homes normally feature gabled roofs made from corrugated iron.
The NSW version of the Queenslander is normally smaller in size and not as decorative in nature.
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Maybe not as popular in Queensland as other styles highlighted here, but the Tudor style home offered a flash of nostalgia for immigrants of the mid-1800s hankering for a look reminiscent of their old homes in England.
The same can be said for the rustic gothic look that became popular at the same time.
The Second Empire
Wealthy land owners of this period brought along their own style demands, and for them the late 1800s and early 1900s offered an opportunity to show off their success.
Second Empire architecture evokes a style popular with continental aristocracy, and it is rare to find examples outside the big cities. These homes often feature towers, domes, and other classical touches.
Many Second Empire homes feature Australian touches visible in other styles, such as cast-iron filigree designs surrounding the verandas.
Federation period (or Edwardian style) homes kicked off the 20th century as the predominant style used in the UK and Australia.
Many homes built during this era feature red brick facades with wooden fretwork, and many have tall brick chimneys towering above the home.
Stained glass windows became popular, and many homes included features from previous eras – so much so that the Federation period can be divided into twelve distinct styles, of which four were used in residential homes.
They are… Federation Queen Anne, Federation Arts & Crafts, Federation Bungalow and Federation Filigree.
Between the Two World Wars
Popularity in design styles changed very quickly during this period, with limitations in resources, an increase in the population, and more choice becoming the order of the day.
The Californian Bungalow brought along the popularity of white picket fences.
The bungalows are small in size and made from stone, brick and timber – all earthy materials that were easy to come by. Most bungalows feature a gabled roof facing the front or side of the home.
The Ashgrovian style was a variant of the Californian Bungalow popular in Queensland, mostly featuring multiple gabled roofs and a staircase leading to the veranda.
The popularity of the Spanish Mission styled homes was short lived. These homes are easily identified by twisted pylons to a porch area. Windows are normally grouped in three and feature an arched shape.
These homes feature walls made of brick (as that was the regulation at the time), and are often completed with terracotta tiles.
Following the second world war, resources were scarce and finances were dire. Austerity measures brought restrictions on the type of houses that were allowed to be built, and how they could be built.
The Austere style is a reflection of this time – these houses are plain in style and offer very little in aesthetics.
Art Deco homes were still very popular after the war, featuring curved corner windows, a steeper pitched roof and a face-brick front. The Waterfall was the popular style, so called due to the flowing walls and windows.
The late 40s and early 50s brought about a distinct shift in how we started to build our homes. The rise of the L shaped home, the popularity of the international style, and the birth of the triple-front styled homes changed the landscape of our suburban areas forever.
Coastal areas also gave birth to the fisherman’s cottage – these were quite common and inexpensive. Today we see many of these cottages being lovingly restored or moved to a new location.
The Late Twentieth Century
The late 20th century introduced modernism in the way we built our homes, and this new style blossomed.
Modern homes feature cleaner lines, larger windows, and a combination of functionality and aesthetics. These homes are both classic and contemporary.
Modern homes feature flat roofs, geometric walls, open-plan simplicity, and large windows – ideas coming from the USA and Europe. This was also a time where people started to decorate their homes with a more minimalistic style.
Homes of the Future
Queensland’s population is growing annually by close to a hundred thousand people, all looking to find a home of their dreams.
Most of those people will head towards the capital, and with Brisbane already bursting at the seams, property sizes will become smaller and people will continue searching for better home solutions.
Post COVID-19, we might see a return to prefabricated homes – homes that will be ready-made and delivered by companies like ours. This trend will reduce the cost of construction, the cost of land, and – ultimately – it will get more people into their own homes.