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ladyrob1
A young couple built a large replica Queenslander (very nuch like the one featured here above). The land fronted a waterway and so prone to flooding periodically. The house had to be a certain height above the last recirded flood level...that made it very tall indeed. The tall piers that are usually made of hardwood( or concrete for the replicas) were made of steel and the house was elevated 1ft higher than had been required by regulation....so it liiked a bit like Mickey Mouse I thought..(.tall skinny legs)...and worse, the design, although an exact 'replica' did not take into account the really tall stairs. I went 'up' to day hello to the new neighbours...and being no spring chicken I was out of breathe when I reached the door.....they had not put a landing every 8 treads as is required...so very tall, very steep stairway. The front staircase wasa real feature...it had a middle landing at the top of the two accesses from either sife that then continued up to the front veranda gate....but no landing in front of the gate...so stand on the top tread to ring thr bell then step back down one step ( backwards)...very uncomfortable andndangerous and 11 steps down to the middle landing at the junction of the two stairways from ground level.....It looks very majestic...but then along came the children and Mum with her weekly shopping...eventually for four littlies.

I would have put in a dumb waiter anyway even if the steps had been constructed with the required landings. I thought they'd have a ."people and goods lift",
The furniture removalists had an exceptionally difficult time....one did his back!...So...very majestic house but totally impractical and unsafe for children and later elderly people...But the young and enthusiastic cashed-up couple did not think into the future about kids or growing old and the wife forgot the weekly grind of carrying the shopping up.!

RESULT...they moved out, put it up for sale, for rent, for lease..anything...and its been vacant for 4 years!...BIG WHITE ELEGANT ELEPHANT!

LESSON...if you are charmed by the Old Queenslander style....THINK about how you are going to get IN when you have kids, when you do shopping and especially when you get old.
It can be good, initially, having friends in high places (no pun intended) in the Council Engineering Dept. ...but life is not only about...."high society"!
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ladyrob1
FORGOT to mention...the Queenslander at the top of the page here by Earthsong Architecture is not nearly as tall as the Queenslander I wrote about here...the proportions of the "Earthsong" are just so harmonious and lovely...and the interior is of a superior practical design. Also notice that the rear portion is much lower to the ground...thinking os STEPS again.
I do think that a landing, even a small one to stand on whilst ringing thr front door bell might be a good idea even if not traditinally "Queenslander". If I bought that lovely place...just because I love old Queenslanders...I'd put a lift underneath and I'd make a special 'kid accessible' play yard. So sad to see the kids confined to the veranda when there's a beautiful garden....d o w n s t a i r s.......mmmm
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carolohara

I adore the Federation Houses, so much character, far more glamorous than the yuk new designs which appear to all look alike, bland and cold, no character. Thank you for this article, simply loved it.

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