The post-war house refers to the style of Queenslanders built in the 1940s after World War 2.

Compared to previous eras, these houses were a lot simpler and often on the smaller side. Often they feature just two bedrooms and one bathroom. Although they were usually built on larger blocks of land in advantageous locations, there was evidently a demand for function over form in this era.

That being said, the structure itself provides a fantastic foundation and these are often ideal for renovation or extensions, to provide more space and bring the home into the 21st century.

Deciding To Renovate Your Post-War Home

While these homes are usually built well and have great bones, many of them could use some work.

Particularly if you are a growing family, or simply want more space, the size of these dwellings is often one of the main reasons homeowners decide to renovate. 

In addition to this, they’re often expensive to run due to the lack of insulation, gaps in floorboards and windows and absence of natural lighting. These can contribute to higher electricity bills as you try to mediate the temperature and lighting of your home. 

While a renovation may be a short term expense, it can save you money in the long run. It will also create extra comforts and conveniences and you will be able to implement your own vision.

The Benefits Of Post-War House Renovations

Due to the size of the blocks of land they are situated on, post-war houses are ideal for extensions. 

Adding on to the side of the house, or even raising it and adding a floor underneath, is an ideal way to add that much needed extra space and bring your home into the modern era. 

Additionally, unlike Queenslanders built in previous decades, many post-war houses do not have ‘character protections’ or aren’t listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, meaning there are less regulations to adhere to when renovating.

Finally, these homes are usually built on stumps. This means they can easily be rotated, moved or lifted to make the most out of the land. 

Things To Keep In Mind

While these homes are pretty much the ideal candidates for renovation, there are things that can go wrong.

Due to their age, there may be some structural issues, particularly if termites or water has gotten in. Ensure you employ a builder that won’t cut corners on these issues, as you are guaranteed to be paying for them down the track if they do. 

A final thing to remember, is that a renovation is only as good as its builder. Make sure you go with a professional and experienced builder, who will keep you in the loop every step of the way.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to look too far. JM Homes have years of experience in the building and renovations industry and know exactly how to handle your renovation.

For a builder that will communicate, care and deliver your dream home, contact us today.