Circa mid 1800’s, an innovative building design emerged in and around Brisbane.
This design used local, readily available building materials. These materials consisted of local hardwoods (eucalypts) and softwoods (hoop pine).
The typical Queenslander was raised on timber stumps, creating air flow to keep the inside cool and raising the construction above flood prone land.
Hardwoods were used for stumps, bearers, joists, wall and roof framing, decking & handrails.
Hoop pine was predominantly used for internal flooring as well as wall & ceiling linings.
Roof cover was corrugated iron, doors were panelled with breezeways and windows were timber framed in either double hung or casement configuration.
Typical Queenslanders were symmetrical in design, with a central hallway with rooms opening off. The hallway had picture rails, belt rails and decorative cornices featured and of course, VJ walls (vertical joint). These walls were made from loose boards with the edges profiled in a tongue & groove (T&G) profile. To enhance the T&G, a ‘V’ was added for more decoration.
Queenslanders will always remain popular, using classic ageless appeal and features of the pre-war era, with designers, builders and renovators adding their own special touches.
At Colonial Wall Linings, we replicate the tongue & groove VJ Wall construction by supplying the VJ wall detail in a profiled 1200mm wide MR MDF panel. The two main profiles are “VJ” and “Traditional Beaded”. We supply skirting boards, architraves, belt rails, picture rails & cornices to replicate the look of a Queenslander.
For more info on the heritage of Queenslanders, the Brisbane City Council has more in depth info: click here.
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