The ‘Queenslander’ as it is commonly known, is synonymous with the very essence of the Sunshine State; open, relaxed and purely free. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to live in Queensland knows that the weather is truly something unique for Australia: hot, humid days followed by summer thunderstorms in the evenings. Being outdoors is part of Australia’s DNA, and the sweeping verandas of a Queenslander allow for semi-outdoor areas that offer protection during the summertime downpours.
The origins of the kit home
A kit home has been known by many names over the years, with ‘pre-cut’, ‘pre-fab’ and 'mail order’ being the most recognisable terms. Despite the first kit homes appearing in the mid 1800’s in the UK, the kit home really found popularity in America during the early 1920’s. House designs were standardised to reduce waste in materials, but customers were encouraged to personalise their order by moving windows or doors, adding porches, fireplaces, sunrooms, window boxes, trellises, or built in cabinetry, and by selecting exterior finish and colours. While sunrooms and window boxes may have become increasingly uncommon, the essence is still the same: every aspect of these homes is customisable.Kit homes in Australia actually have a longer history than one might think. In the 1850’s, kit homes began arriving from England as a ‘quick fix’ for the influx of prospectors pouring their way in to cities before heading out to the goldfields. Back in those days, corrugated iron was the cheapest and hence the most popular option, despite essentially acting as a microwave in the summer. Most middle-class residents found this preferable to tents and as such, prefab homes became some of the first permanent structures in Melbourne. Incredibly, there are three original kit homes still standing in South Melbourne today.
The size and designs of kit homes have a come a long way since the early 20th century. With technology advancing at a rapid pace in recent years, kit homes have found popularity once again with a market crying out for customisable alternatives. There are numerous base designs for the kit home that can be taken as is or modified to suit any requests or requirements.
Particularly in Australia, the Queenslander is touted as the basis for many designs with the classic look able to be modified and utilised as both a modern and ecofriendly haven for families of any size. These designs can also fit in anywhere; whether you’re in suburban Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast hinterlands or on Stradbroke Island, kit homes Qld offer fantastic possibilities.
Kit Homes QLD
Classic Kit Homes have multiple packages for Queenslander kit home prices, with the ability to adjust each plan and fully customise any aspect. This also includes being able to bring your own floor plans to the table and have them priced out and built as a kit home. Queenslander floor plans range from smaller kit homes, to the large 5-bedroom homes including double storey Queenslanders.If you are considering building a Queenslander, there are so many unique kit homes Qld designs that can be used and adapted to suit your needs. Here at Classic Kit Homes we have an exceptional range of floor plans, all of which are fully customisable. Whether you would like a lock up garage, media room, multiple ensuites or simply a wider veranda, it can all be brought to life on completely original plans or added to existing designs.
When it comes to deciding whether to build a kit home in Queensland, there are multiple factors that can make a difference in the decision.
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Have a scroll through these to see why all Australians have fallen in love with the Queenslander kit home…
Open plan, Simplicity
The Avalon may be based on traditional Queenslander features but this plan is as simple and ‘down to earth’ as they come. A perfect retreat for those who love wide open spaces, either indoors or outdoors, your family will appreciate the modern expansive living areas for sharing experiences and creating countless memories.Large living and dining areas will welcome your family each day, while bedrooms are separate and spacious, providing a retreat for precious ‘me’ time. A functional open kitchen boasts an adjoining butler’s pantry, where extra storage and bench space is pure luxury for any cook. Two of the bedrooms open onto the verandah allowing the freedom to relax inside or out.…. Just imagine glorious sunny mornings with a book and a cuppa, curled up in a chair in your own private space. Avalon is a 3 bedroom masterpiece, offering freedom for your family to live and enjoy life to the fullest.
With living areas at the front and bedrooms positioned along the back, the Chatsworth takes full advantage of nature’s views. It’s unique verandah extension sets the scene for outdoor indulgence.The new Chatsworth design has an interior layout that’s modern and open plan, featuring a private entry, family/dining room and spacious living zones – all opening onto the expansive wrap-around Queensland style verandah. Perfect for early morning sunrises, late night strolls with a glass of wine, or hosting the entire family for Christmas dinner with plenty of room for luxury sleepovers.
The CORAL COVE
Life in Eden
The Coral Cove is a spacious, private sanctuary for gathering family, neighbours, and simply relaxing. This tranquil oasis has a flexible layout to be modelled according to how you want to enjoy peace in your home.This airy home combines modern design with a warm energy to embody the ideal home for your growing family - and all your friends! A complete wraparound veranda boasts gorgeous views and outdoor access to each of your 3 - 5 bedrooms. The open living areas, the large kitchen, and spacious rotunda are designed to let in the sunshine, the laughs, and the countless memories.
Space, Space & More Space
The Hazledean is a true castle for your kingdom – with endless living options, five plus bedrooms full wraparound verandah and internal + external stairs for year round comfort and ease of access. A stunning octagonal alfresco is the cherry on the cake.This impressive 609m 2 expansive design offers generous zoned living and versatility. With options for 5+ bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a double car garage, and oversized kitchen with giant pantry and plenty of storage, means you can decide how you’d like to live. The private spaces, huge rooms, TV/Media room, luxurious verandas, and vast views will be the envy of every guest and visitor to have the pleasure of visiting your dream home. The features are endless.
Practical and private
The Lily makes everyday life truly functional. It’s clean design has the intrinsic ability to fuse practical living spaces with an alluring couples retreat and all round casual ambience.The Lily’s floor plan encompasses three bedrooms, each with built in robes, a large wrap-around kitchen featuring a breakfast bar which leads to your open plan dining and lounge area. Step out of the lounge and straight onto your full length verandah which is perfect for entertaining. Generous windows ensure the Lily is bathed in light. The design can easily be customized to your individual requirements, such as the addition of a fourth bedroom, study or a master ensuite.
Two feature rotundas make this lavish design come to life with plenty of space to take in the views and entertain friends and family. French doors throughout add that touch of European class.The Rosewood is an expansive family home with a formal entry, wide verandahs, abundant storage and elegant features that take the design to an unprecedented level of sophistication. Finishings and furnishing will truly make this the home of your long-held dreams. Space and flexibility are the theme of this design – customise to your heart’s content and create the perfect space for every member of your family.
Space to stretch out
If you like to make an impression, the Rubyvale will not disappoint. Catering for today’s modern lifestyle with generous entertainment areas and open plan living, Rubyvale definitely has the wow factor. Two feature rotundas make this lavish design come to life with plenty of space to take in the views and entertain friends and family. French doors throughout add that touch of European class.Dual bi-fold doors, extended rotunda, spacious ensuite (including bath), walk in robe, private balcony and dedicated media room are all standard features of the three bedroom Rubyvale. Designed with casual living in mind, the wide deck and private balcony seamlessly bring the outdoors in. Boasting two bathrooms, large carport and the option to further customise the design, The Rubyvale is a contemporary home tailored to today’s lifestyle.
The Silkwood is a beautiful, modern estate home that allows every room to experience breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, greenery, and your own piece of paradise. This statement home is ready for your personal touch.On the inside, this roomy home has 1 master, up to 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and generous living, lounging, dining, and kitchen areas. On the outside, it’s hugged by a beautiful veranda, and hexagonal rotundas to make the most of the scenery. The unique blend of contemporary design and rustic nature makes this home extremely special. This is the essential backdrop for making memories that you’ll remember forever.
Bring the outdoors in!
When the great outdoors is part of your lifestyle, the thoughtful design of the Somerset allows your family to enjoy expansive living that effortlessly infuses nature into your way of life.The spacious layout of the Somerset provides room for your growing family with five roomy bedrooms, study, dual living areas, corner pantry, lingering verandah and stunning rotunda. The main bedroom features 180 degree views and private deck access. The functional design of the Somerset allows you to take full advantage of either a flat or contoured block and can be customized to suit your lifestyle.
Taste, Space and Impact
The Whitsunday is an impressive two-storey modern Queenslander home, architecturally designed to make the most of zoned living and your stunning views from all angles. With a deck, porch, huge verandah and a rumpus room on the ground level, you will be spoilt for space.The Whitsunday design is incredibly flexible and can be extended or reduced to suit your land and family size. Separate living wings make it a unique option for large or multi-generational families. It has been specifically designed for sloping blocks, however single storey floorplans can be modified to suit flat blocks. Internal stairs and plenty of storage top of this amazing lifelong dream home.
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