The following project; ‘Queenslander style housing systems’, details design and construction issues involved with the building of a modern Queenslander house. Although it can be specific to Queenslander style houses, the information provided can be applied to almost any timber residential house on stumps.
The report is split into the following sections:
1.0 History and tradition
3.0 House framing
5.0 Structural loading
6.0 Alternative constructions
Section 1.0 goes into the history of the Queenslander house and provides a feel and base for the perception of the housing style. It also details the evolution of the house from early to modern architecture.
Section 2.0, foundations, detail the use of footings and stumps in house construction and provide information on how these perform under loading and the selection of these two.
Section 3.0 is an overview of the standard timber framing of a residential home. The framing of walls, floors, ceilings and roofs is covered as well as the properties of timber in general.
Section 4.0 talks about the various connections used in modern timber frame houses. Timber connectors and fasteners are covered in detail. Fixings, tie-downs and bracing are also looked at with specific examples.
Section 5.0 looks at loadings applied on timber housing from wind and self-weight. It will also give some design calculations on certain timber elements.
Section 6.0 is a conclusion with a brief look at two different types of alternative constructions in use around the world: steel framing and insulated concrete forms. Advantages and disadvantages are looked at while comparisons to timber are made.