There is nothing like house-hunting to reveal some of the layers of a place!
In 2011 on a train to St Ives in Cornwall I was captivated by the views all the way from London! Gorgeous landscapes, sea vistas and those dramatic tidal inlets. What I did take note of that was memorable in a different way were the rows and rows of houses all the same that lined some of the streets closest to the rail line.
The city I live in now is filled with a number of styles of domestic architecture.
A most appealing traditional style is known as the Queenslander and I have been enjoying living in a smaller-sized Queenslander these past few years.
|home sweet home|
|Not far from where I live!|
When I said the can be expansive... I meant it!
|Far north Qld, Cairns|
I found this excerpt below at the Queensland Museum Website:
The Queensland house or ‘Queenslander’ speaks eloquently of our distinctive lifestyle and is one of the most distinctive architectural designs in Australia.
Queensland has more than one type of housing but a tradition of timber building is dominant. This distinctive tradition originated with rough timber huts of early settlement and developed into the multi-gabled bungalows of the 1930s. Buildings continued until, and were adapted after, the Second World War, leading to contemporary ‘Environmentally Sustainable Timber Houses’.
The most typical early twentieth century Queensland house is characterised by:
- timber construction with corrugated-iron roof;
- highset on timber stumps;
- single-skin cladding for partitions and sometimes external walls;
- verandahs front and/or back, and sometimes the sides;
- decorative features to screen the sun or ventilate the interior; and
- a garden setting with a picket fence, palm trees and tropical fruit trees.
There are many styles of the famous 'Queenslander', but share distinct construction style, internal spaces, furnishing, and gardens. They are now valued as a key element of Queensland heritage and conservation and renovation of Queenslanders is widespread.
- Development of the Queensland house
- Spaces inside the Queensland house
- Queensland house furnishings
- The Queensland garden
- Conservation and the Queenslander
So... in my internet search for houses Ive noted many a Queenslander in the listings. we are steering away from these beauties for various reasons. Upkeep can be demanding, but it must be said, they do have a great amount of character!
So it was quite a leap to look at this one today:
|Minimal architect designed home|
|How about this bed... looks like a verandah with the bifold windows pushed right back!|
If you wish to view more of this home visit HERE
As you can well appreciate.... its quite a process ... even if its an online process... to even begin to work out what places to take the time to go and see in person. It would be tedious indeed if I didn't pop off on tangents regularly to make the task more interesting!
Even the more likely homes I've been looking at offer, at best, a flight of fantasy.
In order to work through various criteria its a busy task of ascertaining prices ( NOT always obvious) and reading though the list of features a property offers. I spent hours today.... taking my search further than before having identified other suburbs that might hold appeal.
Not near rivers and creeks that flood... hopefully near a bike path. Studio space... of course... but in our price range.
So much imagining is called on to breathe life into pictures and words that aim to tell of the place.
I found this studio
This one had some wonderful elements....
Designed by a Landscape Architect there was a particular space in the kitchen looking out on the garden that took my breathe away. The garden itself was intimate .... so like an art work! Sorry I can't share the best of what I saw here!
The gardens keep drawing me in. Courtyards and intimate spaces...
This one had a sensational garden. It didn't meet out criteria but I had to go see the garden. I'm
so glad I did!
I could have painted during the day on that deck with its city views!
And walked these gardens every day... seeing what was doing!
This would have made an excellent studio I'm sure!
And at the back there were food gardens!
But alas... I am not the only one looking and the stairs were too steep
here for an elderly person!
The agent asked me what I thought of this property and I commented
that it felt like being at a Botanic Garden. She was bery keen to say
that it was the home of a horticulturalsit form the Botanic Garden ...
the same garden where I did a residency n 2010 in fact.
I was not surprised... the garden was magnificent and filled with all
kinds of tropical species so artfully laid out and lush! I'm hoping the
right buyer wil come along for that house... the garden needs to be
kept as is.
I've seen so many new kitchens of late I rather liked this one!!
Then you find some that are further from the city but have SPACE!
And maybe you can see the stars!
When it comes down to it though our needs are simple really. What does have
me thinking though is how we are building for this era... and some of the
issues that stand out with comtemporary homes and in the older areas.
There's not enough trees and growing things in so many place and streets
I see. I would rather see different ideas in play... like shared green spaces for
gardening and fresh air. I'm glad to be connecting often with architects,
designers, gardening types here where I live. I cant wait to see more innovation
reaching the masses... and somehow I think it will need to.
The other thing I reckon for sure is more art needs to find its way into peoples
Its been wonderful to hear that there has been some art appreciation going on
at our own house's viewings. For many of us it does make such a difference
to walk into a home where something conveys mindfulness, or an attention
to detail in the way the space is lived in
I could go on but its late so I will bid you goodnight!
See you soon with more reports perhaps!