Monday, January 09, 2006

Slightly Wobbly Drawings (TM)

No walkies today. Bloody steamy again this morning and now it's raining again. Which is what we need.

So instead of walkies, here they are at last. Rooflines of the Peninsula as suggested by Suzanne and illustrated by the slightly wobbly pen of Spike:

Small-hipped Cottage
You see a lot of these cottages on the Peninsula, round Brisbane Water and all round Australia, country and city. They were built during the Federation era (c.1890 - c.1915) and for a few decades before as far as I can make out.

The size if the hip (the wee flat bit at the top of the roof) varies a bit like it does in wide-hipped roofs.

Most of them I've seen round Brisbane Water are really small-hipped. I'm searching for info on kit homes sold in the 19th century by the local sawmills. I'm pretty sure they're mainly kit homes.

There's a few of the Californian Bungalow style (c.1915 - c.1940) around. It's a style with nice wide eaves and that's good in the heat.

Double Duty
A dead set classic.

The main roof is on an old small-hipped frame (recycling the frame of your old house saves you a packet) with that front section added on in the 1940s. The nice old wood-framed windows have been ripped out and replaced with hideous aluminium windows in the 1970s. Notice how the proportions of the rooflines echo the Californian Bungalow.

The old stone or wood foundation piers (stumps) have been replaced with forties brick, the weatherboard's been replaced with fibro (asbestos sheeting) and the tin roof with red tiles.

Wide-hipped Roof
From what I know of the white settlement of the Central Coast, this house is not Old Colonial Georgian or Old Colonial Regency (1788 - c.1840). Looks like Victorian Regency (c.1840 - c.1890). I'm yet to trace its origins. The roof is wide-hipped.


Lee said...

Ah, you're making me want to visit again.

Spike said...

It's a conspiracy to empty your bank account.

Don't come today but. 8am and I'm bathed in sweat already.