Since I live away from many of my family and friends, I thought it would be nice to give everyone an idea of my home. A lot of these people have not had the chance to visit, but I hope these photographs can give you a glimpse into my home while living abroad. But let me give you a bit of background.
Our house is over 100 years old (ghosts included) and is of the traditional Queenslander type. Queenslander houses are named after where they are found, in Queensland. Essentially, these are timber houses built on stilts (or stumps), allowing the cool air to pass through underneath, I guess it can be considered a pioneers air conditioner. Along with that technique of cooling, breezeways above doors are also characteristics of Queenslanders. My boyfriend calls these houses wooden tents, which is essentially true, as there is no insulation. Did I mention sound proofing is non-existent, which comes in handy when my boyfriend is “undathahouse” (aka under-the-house) working out and I need something from our deep freezer down there. I just stand over where I think he is and yell down.
Our house in particular is a worker’s cottage, as it is one of the smaller Queenslanders built with cheaper material. However, some Queenslanders can resemble villas. Another feature of these houses is the porches, which wrap around, acting as an extra room. To give you an idea, we just repaired the old pipe used to release the gases of the outhouse on the back porch. Don’t worry, all that is left now is a covered hole in the roof. Houses constantly move with the change in weather, some days we can’t shut doors, other days we might be hit with a bought of motion sickness as the floor slopes. The ultimate answer to all of this is, “the joys of living in a Queenslander”.They do have a lot of character, but with that comes constant upkeep. Although our house has a “new” kitchen and washrooms. You can see the traditional cream colour walls, along with chipped paint and original hardware. We have mini renovation plans, which includes painting everything white one day soon.
Additionally, this past summer the cooling technique did not seem to work that well when Brisbane hit record highs of 45 degrees. We have a modern air conditioner, but this type of house limits where it is installed (above the kitchen sink). Many homeowners now end up raising their house and enclosing underneath to add another level. This creates a great balance between the old and new, along with keeping all the elements out. We hang our laundry under the house, which is open to the elements of leaves and dirt, so the second a white sheet, towel, or shirt touches a post or ground, it needs another wash. As I am writing this I am realising how different this is to the Canadian way.
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