A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting a very original Queenslander porch and gable home nestled in the western suburb of Ashgrove. The current owners acquired the property last year and are the third owners of the three bedroom home since it was built in 1925.
Fellow house bloggers, Elizabeth from Walk Among the Homes and Magnus from A House in Auchenflower visited the home too. You can read the thoroughly interesting historical research (think links to XXXX Brewery in Milton) which Magnus has chronicled here and admire the photographs which Elizabeth has captured here.
I merely tagged along as a house voyeur. Professional sticky-beak. I was keen to see this home as it is a similar vintage to the Sow's Ear - it helps to fill in the blanks of what our home may have looked like originally. It was also good to see Elizabeth again who so kindly showcased the Sow's Ear in her blog a few months ago and to finally meet the debonair Magnus.
This Ashgrove home would have to be one of the best preserved Queenslander homes I have visited, lovingly cared for and with very minimal changes to the structural integrity of the house. It is quite a special feat after 88 years.
My photographs do no justice to the home, but I wanted to capture some of the features which often disappear over time and which are so characteristic to the Queenslander. Thanks so much to the owners who were very generous in giving us free rein of their beautiful home.
|dark stained fretwork breezeways above the bedroom doors|
|Old power points cut into the dark skirting boards|
|Bank of dark stained hopscotch casement windows in the dining room. It looks like the old casement stays have been removed over time.|
|enclosed verandah/sleep out with lino floor covering and louvre windows|
|Back door landing with just the weatherboard lining and louvre window. |
Notice how the back door is a double hopscotch pattern
|Back stairs with roof and external privacy screen|
|original timber house stumps with tin ant capping|
|Under the eaves which were interestingly (for me) unlined|
|tin bullnose window hood with privacy screen|