Well you’re on track. Part of the work is done and now comes the fun part… renovating. A lot of people get a bit confused at this part, as they are not sure where to start and they don’t want to lose the charm of their Queenslander.
After all, that’s what you fell in love isn’t it?
So, here are some things to keep in mind as you go through this process:
- Internal & external fixtures and fittings
- Street appeal
It’s a balancing act, as your bring your Queenslander into the modern market, but we don’t want to lose what you fell in love with in the first place.
Consider the VJ linings, the fretwork, the balustrades, the front stairs, window hoods, large verandahs, high ceilings – can your builder source you aluminium substitutes for some of the external features, so it will still look genuine, but also reduce or eliminate maintenance?
I’m sure you’ve got better things to do, than ‘touch up’ your Queenslander every year!
When planning the layout, you do need to be practical. As you are doing a major renovation, you now have the chance to make that tiny bathroom and kitchen built for dwarfs, disappear! Think about the areas that you will spend the most time: kitchen flowing out to a large verandah, en-suite, walk in robe with shoe cupboard (for the ladies) and then of course our storage areas and cupboards.
Remember, we are renovating our Queenslander not just for our enjoyment, but for everyone who drives by, who then wishes they lived at your place…
We all know that Queenslanders are renown for being way too hot in summer and way too cold in winter and there is no possible way that your teenagers can sneak home late at night without you knowing about it, due to the creaky floor boards!
With the right advice, all of these changes can be a thing of the past. This is also your chance to insulate, pop in the air conditioning and maybe even add a media room, which will make your renovated Queenslander the envy of all your friends and be the perfect home to re-sell and profit from, should you choose to down the track.
It will be pretty hard to let go of it though, especially knowing that you have worked closely with your friendly builder and chosen every last item in the place…
Won’t it be great when you have your housewarming party and your friends and family can’t stop looking around and enjoying all the work you have done.
Imagine the selfies you will take from your new verandah of your beautifully renovated Queenslander!