We live in a beautiful riverside suburb just east of the city, and like all inner city suburbs it
has undergone a significant transformation over the past 10 - 15 years. Since I have lived here for
such a long time, I have seen a lot of these changes. Initially when I moved here in the mid 90's, there
were a lot of single dwellings on double blocks. These have progressively been renovated, or more recently the blocks have been split, with two houses being built on the block. As well as the replica "Queenslanders" that are built, there are many different styles that are now being built, though they
are supposed to comply with the character code. Thank goodness the trend for the Tuscan style villa has passed - I always thought they were not suited to the Queensland climate.
We are about to head into my favourite time of year in Brisbane, the heat and humidity of summer will
soon fade, and I love walking the spotted dog through our local streets and seeing the changes that
are happening. I think of Queenslanders as being the traditional timber and tin houses, but they are
reducing in number.
this is a classic Queenslander near our house, and it has all
the features that I love: low set, on a larger block, set back from the
street, large poinciana in the front garden, and it's white :)
this house was renovated two years ago and has some
contemporary touches but maintains the traditional
another local favourite
the house above from the side
this house is directly across the road from us - it has been repainted last year
and has been transformed - it used to be a peachy/apricot colour
another renovation - bringing it up to date but
maintaining the traditional features too
Some of the new builds are amazing, you would think the house had always been there:
this house makes me think of A-M - I love it
another new house that I love - plenty of verandah space, natural
light in the house, and a feeling of openness
this house was built around the corner from us about 8 or 10
years ago. I remember being surprised at the time that it was approved.
Now a few years on it doesn't look so stark as the landscaping has softened it, but
it's still not a favourite of mine
I'm sure these houses are very practical and low maintenance
(everything that traditional Queenslanders aren't) but it's not a
style I like
this recently completed house has polarised my friends in the area -
it's a dark grey and black and is quite arresting. I actually love it.
How blue is that Queensland sky?
these seemed to have popped up in gardens everywhere
this afternoon when I was on my walk. They still
make me smile when I see them in all their