renovations in townsville

Styles to follow for your renovations in Townsville

Who wants quality renovations in Townsville? Just about anyone who wants to upgrade their home. Samford Homes has built and renovated homes around the city for over a decade, and we know a thing or two about what clients want.

Style is often at the top of the list when thinking about home renovations in Townsville, Brisbane, or even outback Queensland. People treat homes like a blank canvas that they can play around with, whether they’ve bought an old property or are building from the ground up. Samford Homes is no stranger to style; we love it just as much as our clients do.

A common style that’s popping up around Queensland is the ‘Hamptons’ look. This is appropriate for renovations in Townsville, as the city is close to the water, and the Sunshine Coast. Hamptons style includes timber, neutral tones, and open, airy interior spaces. Shades of white, grey, and beige are the typical colour palette, from paint to furnishings.

Another classic type is the Queenslander. Homes like this popped up during the late 20th century and the design has endured ever since. Residents mainly live on the second story of the house and the ground level is reserved for storage, providing ventilation at the same time. Raised stumps also provide protection from flood waters and poisonous creatures that could slither inside. An essentially Queensland characteristic is the wraparound balcony, treated as another living area. You can’t get more Aussie than sitting on the verandah having afternoon tea on a warm day.

Another style for your renovations in Townsville is the classic back deck or verandah. This is a great, value-adding addition to your home if you have space in the backyard or live on an acreage. Imagine rolling fields of turf, a barbecue and a deck with views of the sunset. Exterior living spaces, whether a deck or backyard with a patio area, are common requests.

For renovations in Townsville, you can trust Samford Homes to deliver affordable and stylish options. We welcome clients who bring ideas of their own, like the ones above. We also have pre-designed options if you have a hard time choosing.  

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The secret of a timber house extension

What is it about a timber house extension? Why do builders favour them over steel frames or bricks for the initial structure? Samford Homes uses timber frames exclusively for all extension and renovation projects and this won’t change this any time soon. Timber is favoured by builders because it offers benefits that metal frames don’t.

On site, timber house extensions are erected quickly because lightweight  prefabricated  frames are readily available. Even when frames are made-to-order, it’s easy for carpenters to hammer them together and get the frame upright. They’re also popular because timber is flexible to design with. Bricks are all angular and restrict design capability, and aren’t the best for outside aesthetics.

The frames needed for a timber house extension don’t need treating either. Unlike wood that’s used for interior design, frames don’t need staining. They’re built for durability, not decoration. That’s what the cladding is for. The way the frame is built gives it strength that lasts for decades. After the carpenters erect the frame the insulation goes in, followed by the bricks or whatever other material is used for walls.

Some house extensions use metal frames, but this isn’t good in case of a fire. Metal warps with the heat, but a timber house extension can put up with extreme temperatures without changing shape or losing structural integrity. The environmental benefits are also a plus. Timber is a renewable material and ‘greener’ than metal frames. The frames don’t emit carbon and have better insulation properties.

So what’s the secret to professionals choosing a timber house extension over anything else? Wood is a renewable material that’s lightweight but sturdy. It puts up with the elements reasonably well  compared to metal. Frames are easy to pre-fabricate or custom-make and carpenters can put them up in record time. Talk to Samford Homes about a timber house extension for your next renovation project for a green, cost effective, home solution.

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Planning house extensions the practical way

After looking at different house extensions, you’ve decided to get one yourself to upsize your home. You’ve scoured magazines and watched plenty of renovation shows as sources for inspiration, picked out the colour scheme and made plans to go furniture shopping. But hold on: the extension needs to get built first! We’ve written some practical, necessary, points to think over before your project can officially begin.

Does it all blend in?

There’s nothing worse than a house that looks like it’s made of random building blocks put together. Meet with the home builder and architect to go over the blueprints. Aesthetics matter and you shouldn’t rush the process for the sake of getting a ‘new house’ faster. This is where having a collection of design ideas comes in handy. You builder will do the best they can to make everything look well put-together.

Moving day

House extensions take time; do you want to live there while trades and machines are hammering away? Some homeowners choose to vacate while work is getting done, living in short-term rental properties. This is a good idea if your house was already small to begin with and you’re worried about disruptions to your routine. People usually move out for a short period if they work from home or care for small children full-time.

Finding a builder

Quality builders are proud to show off their portfolios and won’t hesitate to share their credentials. All builders and contractors must register with the state’s governing body, in this case the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Building companies must renew their registration every few years and the builders themselves are constantly learning. Laws, regulations, and trends are changing constantly; groups like Master Builders Queensland keep their members informed and hold conferences/workshops regularly.

We wrote another piece about questions our builders at Samford get asked daily; we hear the horror stories of ‘rogues’ and how they’ve ripped off clients. These types of builders have left defective work in their wake, from faulty floors to peeling paint or wallpaper. Samford Homes keeps clients in the loop from day one. If possible, they make changes to plans to accommodate the homeowner’s ideas and uses indemnity insurance for every project. If you see a builder without it, run away in the other direction.