Queenslanders were specifically designed to provide the most comfortable living conditions in the year round, hot and humid Queensland weather.
History: Window hoods came into general usage only at the end of the nineteenth century as Queenslanders belatedly adapted their houses for the tropical climate. They remained popular until the 1930’s, becoming progressively less elaborate with time. They provided shading and diverted rain, all the while releasing trapped rising hot air, thus helping to further cool the inside of the house.
Clem Carpentry were recently engaged in our professional capacity in finding a resolution for insufficient window hoods in a Queenslander renovation with a difference. In their current state the window hoods provided little protection from the sun or rain which was affecting the historic timber window frames and allowing the harsh sun to enter the house.
Our designers booked a suitable time with the clients to discuss the current problems and to determine the best course of action for the Queenslander renovation to ensure a satisfactory resolution, giving the customer the protection from the elements which they sought whilst complementing the houses historic character.
Major work was needed during the Queenslander renovation during the removal of the existing window hoods. This included the removal of weatherboard framing above the windows, exposing the framing during our construction period. To resolve this issue flashing was installed to keep water from seeping into the walls. Additional support framing was added to carry the weight of the new hoods due to the increase in size and weight.
To ensure the new hoods matched perfectly, they were custom designed and built to match with the existing style of the house using Kwila timber (a durable and termite resistant wood) and topped off with corrugated iron sheets to provide longevity in the extreme Queensland weather conditions and seamlessly attached to the existing dwelling.
To further enhance the lifespan of the new hoods they were given a coat of paintable industrial polyurethane sealant. A fast curing sealing with high elasticity properties, making it the perfect choice with this particular application. Final touches included a fresh coat of paint and final clean up the job site leaving the customers to marvel at their new addition which fitted in perfectly.
The new hoods look amazing – I am surprised at how much good looking hoods add to the look of the house – thanks!
The client’s satisfaction exceeded their expectations with the final product and increased protection the new window hoods would provide from Queensland’s weather, allowing the clients to keep windows open during all weather conditions without risk of rain enter the household or sun fading and damaging furniture.
The team at Clem Carpentry enjoyed this project very much allowing them to utilise their skills in a very different type of application and further demonstrating our versatility and quality design decisions regarding a Queenslander renovation, made with our client’s desires in mind.