July 31, 2017
Timeless charm always on trend
Trends come and go but the charming Queenslander has a unique quality that has stood the test of time. We take a sneak peak inside a beautiful replica-home at Palmview that not only captures the rich history and essence of a bygone era but has some added advantages to the original model too.
A large, sprawling timber structure with wide verandahs, steep tin roof and charming window hoods are all characteristics of the original Queenslander. Designed to accommodate our sub-tropical climate, they are an important part of Australia’s cultural heritage.
Inspired by his childhood spent in a traditional Queenslander home in the far north sugar cane town of Ingham, local builder Garth Chapman was inspired to recreate our unique Queensland architecture, paying very close attention to retaining the authentic exterior as much as possible.
“I have been a builder for some 40 years,” says Garth, “but around 1988 I recognised there was a gap in the market for original looking Queenslanders on acreage. I studied dozens of original Queenslanders from Gympie and observed the common points these homes had and then I started designing new Queenslanders to replicate the original.
I went to a lot of trouble to get the dimensions, angles and features that people liked. The house had to look like an original Queenslander from the street.”
Exuding a classic style and charm, this Palmview display home by the local award-winning builder showcases a perfect blend of old and new.
Featuring high ceilings, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, open living areas plus a separate media room with wide verandas front and back, it reflects the look and feel of the original Queenslanders, but with a classic twist.
The north-facing windows throughout the home allow maximum natural light and take full advantage of the surrounding views.
Inside, a mix of polished hardwood floors perfectly complement the home’s neutral interior colour palette. There is also a versatile media room or children’s play area.
At the heart of the home, the kitchen is complete with Caesarstone benchtops, high quality European appliances, and a spacious walk-in pantry. Perfectly positioned, it allows easy access to the dining and entertainment areas.
Parents will love the privacy of their own retreat; located at one end of the home, it has its own walk-in-wardrobe and spacious ensuite.
The three other bedrooms are strategically located on the opposite side of the house and have a shared bathroom and toilet.
Unlike the original Queenslanders, these replica-style homes don’t require painting for at least 10 years.
“You can’t compare the products we have today to 100 years ago,” says Garth.
By using fibre cement cladding, modern, longer lasting premium paints, and better construction and engineering standards, the maintenance time frame has been significantly extended and also made easier.
Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the replica Queenslanders are spacious and open plan, the wide verandahs perfect for allowing in maximum breezes while being covered from the elements.
“They were designed so they don’t have to have air conditioning – just open the French doors and windows, and the air will flow through.”
Passionate about preserving the ‘Queenslander’ style of architecture, Garth says he is dedicated to building homes that offer the same happiness and treasured memories as his childhood.
“It’s the Queensland dream to have a sprawling home on acreage, with verandas to pick up the breeze or the sun or the shade, depending on the position of the house,” says Garth.
“The charm has never faded and the atmosphere is part of what you get.”