The ‘Queenslander’ as it is commonly known, is synonymous with the very essence of the kit home Qld 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 style kit home 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, and you have been searching for kit homes Qld, there are multiple factors that can make a difference in the decision.
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