The last few chapters of the book, after the house is finished, discuss renovation and maintenance of a Queenslander. Having followed how the builders put the house together, and the reasons for each step, it was much easier to understand how to maintain the house appropriately. It has made me think twice about using water based paint (referred to by Andy as "plastic paint") on the exterior of the house. And I'm wondering how to treat our soft pine floors, as lovely as they look, they were never meant to be exposed.
|renovation is very boring for Taz|
Andy is an experienced builder by trade and share is knowledge of historical and modern-day building techniques. The house was apparently a real house that he renovated in Red Hill, but has since been demolished. Disappointed as I was thinking of trying to find it.
I also got a little booklet called Brisbane House Styles by Judy Gale Rechner (info here). This book explains the different house styles from 1880 through to 1940. It looks like our house is a simple "colonial" style from 1880 to early 1900s, but it may not be quite so old as country areas can be a bit behind the big cities.
If you want to know more about the Queensland house, try this radio podcast.
And what are we up to with our little Queenslander?
We have council approval to move in (having insulated the roof, rewired the house, installed ceiling fans and hooked up the plumbing), but of course we want to get a few things fixed up first. We have replaced the roof with a lighter colour. We have painted two bedrooms and the hallway. We have ripped up all the lino and masonite in the house, leaving only the ugly red carpet to deal with. We have stripped the kitchen and the bathroom (and lowered the windows in the kitchen) and have a few ideas about how we want the final rooms to look. We have removed nearly all the asbestos in the house (more in the pantry, then we are done) and replaced this with "Easy VJ " MDB boards (sorry Andy!).
|here's the kitchen ready to rebuild|
|and the batthroom|
There is so much more to do, but every time I walk in the house I see all the progress we have made and how much closer we are to living there. We are lucky that we have the opportunity to finish this work before we move it, especially with the lead paint on the walls!
If you are working on a Queenslander, or just live in one, I recommend this book, as a manual for how to look after your house. What is your experience with Queenland houses?