Well, let me try to explain.
what makes up these typical Queensland homes,
The house on stumps has long been regarded characteristically as the Queenslander. A number of explanations have been advanced as to the origins of the high stump house and the advantages of living in one. More often than not, it seems, that by lifting these structures above the ground, it is easier for the owner to detect any white ant or borer infestation and take action. Some people comment favourably on the merits of the house on stumps, they maintain that such houses are well positioned above mosquitoes, snakes and cane toads, floods also and that furthermore they catch welcome cool breezes.
- Light timber frame with exposed studs on most internal walls
- Weather or Chamfer board exterior walls (usually made from Silky oak)
- Singleskin VJ tongue and groove boards for internal walls (usually made from silkwood)
- Solid timber French light doors and double hung windows with frosted glass to keep out the glare of the Australian sun.
- Verandahs with decorative timber and/or cast iron
- Timber or iron window hoods and/or external blinds
- Lattice infills to verandahs, quite often set with large day beds
- Mostly highset on round timber stumps with batten infill
- Steeply pitched roof design clad with corrugated iron
- Timber fencing
Because of the cyclones we have here, all bearing walls have heavy steel rods inserted ,bolted to floor beams and roof trusses every 3 feet.
Ours is a low set house, which means it sits on 4 foot long 4x4 steel posts with another 2 feet anchored in concrete.
High set houses are like 2 storey houses except there is nothing in the botton storey but steel posts.
Our house was originally built to accomodate government workers up North when they were developing the country but was sold and transported to this place about 20 years ago and used to accomodate the owner's cane workers.
We bought it 8 years ago and it had been badly treated by the tenants, especially the kitchen area.
This is probably more information than you wanted but here it is.
If there is any interest I will open a thread showing what we are doing to this house