In my last post, I showed off a Queenslander that had been extensively renovated. On my instagram account (@queenslanderhomes) I’ve generally stayed on the path of traditional Queenslanders with revelations that are in line with keeping the look and feel of a Queenslander. But after finding and posting this gorgeous house in Hendra, I realised that I’ve been a little close-minded in my approach. There are many examples of Queenslanders that have been renovated with a modern look in mind. While I might not like all of them, I think that it is worthwhile exploring how a Queenslander can by sympathetic to its traditional roots and move into the modern era.
This house in Highgate Hill is a good example of old and new coming together. Although it is too modern for my tastes, I can definitely see the appeal. The exterior of this home is breathtaking. It looks like a human sized dollhouse with neat, manicured gardens. On the lower level, to the right, you can see some of the more modern features with a large, modern front door, surrounded by glass and timber.
The next photo is a close up of the exterior and as I spend more time looking at it, I can really see the modern features which have replaced the traditional features. Like that box window. In this instance, I would definitely prefer a traditional sash window.
Finally, another exterior view.
Okay, so here’s the front door. It is non-traditional but I actually really like it. It doesn’t evoke the same feeling as a traditional Queenslander but I still really like it. The white timber frame overhead is ultra modern and I love how much light it lets into the foyer.
Stepping inside the house is where all traditional features seem to disappear. The kitchen is very modern, with marble bench tops and integrated appliances.
The stainless steel bench tops, along with the marble are very modern and almost clinical. The wooden window frames add a little warmth that is much needed in this space.
A wrap around deck provides living space to enjoy the beautiful Queensland spring and autumn months.
This house in Highgate Hill is not for sale. It was sold for $2,000,000 in 2017 by Ben White of Place – New Farm. The real estate link is here.