Why we love a traditional Queenslander home
5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim, is a good example of a classic Queenslander.They’re one of the nation’s favourite style of property, but what is it about Queenslanders that makes us love them so?According to Dion Seminara, the director of design at Dion Seminara Architecture, it is their timeless elegance.He said people loved the look of the exteriors and the sense of homeliness that they evoked.“They’re made of timber and tin and that resonates with people, it’s homely,” he said.And it seems we can’t get enough of them.Mr Seminara said at least 70 per cent of his business involved the restoration of period properties. 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills offers buyers a blast from the past.“Every week we get at least one call from someone looking to renovate a Queenslander or worker’s cottage,” he said.Yet their popularity could be what leads to their demise, as more people undertake renovations that may ruin a property’s original features rather than enhance them.“What is important is to protect what you love — the look from the front, and good proportion and balance inside,” Mr Seminara said. 26 Cintra Road has VJ panelling and decorative architrave and is on sale through Ray WhiteYou also need to be careful when buying a Queenslander, because many of them are not fit for renovation in the way you may want, no matter how charming they may appear.“People have to remember that these were the project homes of yesteryear. They were picked up and dumped on sites without much care or consideration for the surroundings or anything,” he said.Mr Seminara said location and orientation were important when choosing a home, along with not mixing up styles. The windows at 5 Clithero Avenue in Buderim are as dreamy as the view“A big mistake people make is they raise the home too much and repeat the materials from the original house on the ground floor exterior,” he said. “Replicating the materials used is not in keeping with the original style of these homes,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“Building in under a Queenslander can leave the property full of dark spaces. You really need to manage that.“Be careful of jumbling things up by mixing bedrooms and living rooms on both levels. You can do it, but be sure it suits what the market is demanding.”One Queenslander that has made the successful transition from dilapidated house to sophisticated, elegant home is at 5 Clithero Avenue, Buderim. The circa 1914 four-bedroom property has been sensitively restored to its former glory. Held by the same family for more than 50 years, the house is embellished with vertical joinery, 12-foot ceilings, original hoop- 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove, has a large back balcony and traditional-style railings.pine flooring and a wide wrap-around verandah. Set among one hectare of landscaped gardens, it offers a private oasis in the heart of Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.The property is open to expressions of interest through Peter Hill of McGrath estate agency.Closer to Brisbane, 16 Little Street, Kelvin Grove offers buyers a taste of the past. Stained-glass windows, French doors, crafted timber fretwork and polished floors are all present in this renovated Queenslander. The formal lounge features an open fireplace and there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, to accommodate a growing family. Take in views of the sunset from the back verandah of this home set on a 400 sq m block. It is on sale through Mario Sultana of Place estate agency.Also close to the city at 26 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills, Josh Brown of Ray White estate agency, New Farm, is marketing a great example of a renovated Queenslander. For sale by negotiation, this traditional four-bedroom home on a 744sq m elevated block has been enhanced for contemporary family living, without losing its traditional charm. The best example of its 20th-century origins are visible is on the first level where original hardwood floors and high ceilings with exposed beams are a highlight, along with architraves and leadlight windows.