29 July 2011

things i'm loving . . . 'the mighty Queenslander'

Greetings all,
I have always been a big fan of the stunning Queenslander style of home.  To me it's architecture at it's most functional & stand out beautiful.  It's not an entirely unique style of home to suit tropical/ sub tropical climates, similar styles are found around the equator, but in Queensland, they reign supreme.  My husband patiently stopped the car every few hundred metres along the 'Moreton Bay Tourist Drive' around the Sandgate-Redcliffe area, north of Brisbane, so i could take these snaps.  Poor bloke, with me thrusting my breasts across him to lean out his window to snap yet another image of a house.  He wasn't complaining, tee hee.
 
 Look at the stairs, the balcony, the gates!!
 Clever way of controlling the breeze, with shutters.
 These are all along the foreshore, nothing blocking their view of the beach across the road.
 So many different ways with paint colour combinations . . .
 & stunning gardens!!
 Even multi level Queenslanders don't look McMansion, just grand!!
 I think the wrap around verandah is a must though.
 Why not buy one today??
 Add a jacaranda tree, it's the perfect family home.
Then there are monoliths of buildings like this, all i could think was "too much money" & the old cliche of "money doesn't buy you style".  I'm sure the owners LOVE it & have amazing views, but me, i'm old school quaint, i'd pick a Queenslander with a verandah & a rocking chair, every time.  The homestead we're designing will be based on a ground level Queenslander (raised country houses seem to have more snake sitings, eeek) as it's all about French doors & that wrap around verandah for me.  Oh & a breezeway (an external hallway between 2 buildings of the same house) which my husband isn't sold on.  Honestly, he just has to say you find more snakes in breezeways & i'd scrap it from the design!! 
To see what other people are loving this Friday, take a peek at PaisleyJade, love Posie

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, a breezeway will encourage more snakes into the house Jen.

TexWisGirl said...

that is an interesting style. i'd say smaller and quaint for me tho!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

I love old queenslander style homes too, love the verandahs and sense of space.

Amanda said...

They do have a lovely old world charm don't they.

mel @ loved said...

I'm with you on the queenslander, always stunning, classic & beautiful! Though, we stayed with friends at their place in cairns & I just couldn't get my head around the shutters that stay open & let all the mozzies & creepy crawlies in too!! I'm sure I would have to invest in the humble fly screen...Enjoy your weekend & thanks so much for your encouragement, it's so greatly appreciated, especially from someone so knowledgeable on the whole market scene!!xx

Sam said...

I'm with you, my dream home would be a queenslanders have so much charm and suit our lifestyle really well. My dream house would be either a queenslander or sandstone colonial with fireplace and definately a big verandah. We often do walks along the Redcliffe and Sandgate shoreline, it's so lovely and relaxing x

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha, see my husband does read my blog & leave comments, but i'm afraid for him, the breezeways stands in our design, i love them!! As for shutters & louvres without fly screen, that's crazy!! Love Posie

Naturally Carol said...

I love my Queenslander..and it happens to be a very similar design to the one my mum was raised in out in a very small country town out west! I would like an extra verandah though, that's the plan anyway. Breezeways are pretty cool..though down in Canberra..wouldn't they be more like galeways in winter??

PaisleyJade said...

I do love them! We often drool over grand houses like this in NZ.

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Love the queenslanders - though I am told they are freezing in the winter (though that is up here in the darling downs, probably not such an issue in Brisbane).

Sorry to hear you will be sticking out the separation thing another year. DH got home a day early and Ginger was watching playschool when he arrived home - she waved and then resumed her watching - that despite all the tears we have had in the last couple of weeks over 'daddy' not being home:)

Megs said...

Oh Jen you make me homesick! And you pretty much drove right by my little house 2 streets back from the water in Sandgate, can't wait till we get out of cold Adelaide and get to be back there in that lovely sunshine!

The Handmaden said...

I'm with you - old school quaint is perfect. If your hubby is anything like mine he doesn't mind a bit of breast thrusting!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

We wvwn thought of buying and relocating a queenslander to our own block of anf, but once we started enquiring bit too expensive. Would be alright if you lived in Nthn NSW, they truck them there regularly.

love big wide covered wrap around verandahs.

Alos I do think the breeze way idea is a goodie.

have a great w/e

xxx

Bree said...

go Queenslander! I have to tell you tho as lovely as they are in summer- they are far-eaking cold in winter!

Helen said...

hey I think that 2nd last house was for sale not long ago ;)
the sandgate foreshore is a lovely area for housespotting - there are some real beauties around there!

Tammi said...

You definitely can't beat that style of home can you. I just adore them and would oogle over them all the time when we were living in Brisbane :)
xx

Sarah said...

It looks wonderful. It isn't my style of home, I am more a tudor style girl for which I blame my parents utterly. Looking forward to seeing your plans x

Posie Patchwork said...

Yes, that house is for sale, i took the photo less than 10 days ago, so put in your bids people, good luck!! Love Posie

A-M said...

Oooh it's a lovely drive along there isn't it. I'm with you. No monoliths for me, give me a cottage any day! A-M xx

Maxabella said...

My Dad grew up in a great big Queenslander and our family has always been a fan. I remember sleeping on the verandah 'sleep out' when we were kids - the cool late-night breeze wafting through the shutters into the stiffling hot room! x

The Moerks said...

I love the breeze way idea. Just plant a little wormwood, that will keep the snakes away.

Kylie said...

hehe - that husband of your is anonymously funny. And the first to post a comment too:)
Love that drive. It is a common visit for us on a weekend on our way to canoeing the river:)

willow and moo said...

I definitely on the same page with your choice in style of home. :)

Mama of 2 boys said...

Gorgeous shots Posie! The Queenslander is indeed an impressive and grand design of home. I could get used to one of those myself. Though I am partial to a bungalow home... less to clean! ;o) xo

bron @ baby space said...

Oh, I am with you -- those Queenslanders are gorgeous but I got a shock when I got to the last pic and had to peer in! ha ha. Yes, Give me the old school verandahs and timberwork any day :) Especially in white. Lurvely.