‘Queenslanders’ are a classic piece of Australian architectural design. With their distinctive timber and corrugated iron fascade, set on stumps and with lovely wrap around verandahs, their unprecedented style is characteristic of the state in which they are most common and suit the tropical climate perfectly.
Character and Style
Buyers of all ages still appreciate their unique style and features. Loving restored homes can see hundreds of buyers turn out for inspections and help achieve an above average price at market. Twelve foot ceilings, wrap around verandahs, tongue and groove walls as well as ceiling roses, casement windows and fretwork are classic Queenslander features that turn heads in all the right ways. Typically the floor plan will have a central living area at the heart of the home, with bedrooms around the corridor and verandahs with double hung doors from each rooms. Over the years, we have also seen these verandahs be reclaimed as internal living spaces, such as sunrooms, sleep outs and studies depending on the owners needs at the time.
A Modern Twist
Having stood the test of time, Queenslanders are in hot demand and it’s not hard to understand why. Classic white paintwork throughout with polished timber floors, modern stainless steel appliances and a splash of colour with home decor creates a cosy, inviting abode accentuated by refurbished fretwork. Given the flexibility of the floor plan, home owners have the opportunity to capitalise on their potential for indoor – outdoor living and maximise the space created by verandahs and high ceilings. There is also the option to re-stump and lift the home to create additional living quarters underneath. They key here is to embrace the simplicity of the design and ensure the flow of the home is maintained.
Listed just before Christmas, 4 Fry Street, West Gladstone had over 25 groups through the home in the first month. Tastefully renovated and extended, buyers visited in droves to get inspiration and to secure a unique property in the market. Centrally located, the property also enjoys the convenience of town yet the privacy of the park lands around the duck pond. This property is available for $399,000 and represents excellent buying in the current market.
44 Fisher Street, West Gladstone was also a popular choice amongst buyers. Recently sold for $260,000, the new owners have already started renovations to mimic that of Fry St, including a full extension and internal refurbishment. We are very eager to see the final product!
If you are looking for a project, 228 Oaka Street, South Gladstone and 217 Auckland St, South Gladstone have good bones and plenty of potential. Both homes could easily be extended to add extra rooms, bathrooms, decks and living spaces and for a low entry to market price, the risk of over capitalising has been significantly reduced.
Maintenance is Key
Owning a timber home can be a wonderful experience but it also commands regular maintenance to ensure its timber features and style are retained. Scheduling annual building and pest inspections are a worthwhile investment for any home. When it comes time to sell, regular maintenance will definitely pay off, and if you have the scope to add a modern twist, you could be well on your way to achieve a fantastic sale price too!