With Townsville turning 100 years old in recent times, there are plenty of “renovator’s delights” available in the local market. We recognise that there is a growing need to provide honest, practical and reliable building advice and services in North Queensland.

Making the choice to renovate can be a daunting task but not when you work with Franzmann Constructions – the Custom Home and Renovation Specialists. Our experience with renovations expands a varied range of projects from raising houses and building in the ground floor level, to single level major home extensions. From smaller to larger-scale projects, we have the expertise, the drive and the passion needed to build a home as unique as you are.

Our range of award-winning past projects tell the story for themselves.

The White House Project

Tucked away in the leafy streets of Mundingburra, is one of our latest projects completed in late 2020. We started working with the owners of this beautiful “lift and build in” renovation in late 2019 when the search started to find the perfect canvas for this family’s forever home. One of the key criteria was location so we worked with the family to provide practical and honest advice on the different property options while they searched the market.

With two teenage boys, this family’s goal was to create plenty of space in the renovated home including ample entertaining areas for both special occasions and everyday life. With this in mind, the ground floor centres around the open plan living and kitchen area, merging seamlessly into the expansive outdoor entertaining area which includes a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. A single bedroom on the ground floor gives the option for use as an everyday rumpus room for the boys as well as easy conversion to a retreat-style space for visitors.

An enclosed internal timber staircase finished with blackbutt treads leads up to the family’s bedrooms all located on the first floor. A parent’s retreat with an open-plan ensuite and walk-in robe, large study, bathroom and two additional bedrooms combines all of family’s sleeping areas away from the main entertaining on the ground floor. With much of the original timber home retained, lift and build in renovations like this one gives owners the opportunity to feature the character elements of traditional Queenslanders while breathing new life with modern finishes.

This house is all about embracing the North Queensland lifestyle. A pleasure to work with, we’re thrilled to see our clients’ dreams come to life.

The Hamptons Cottage Renovation

With such a central location close to childcare centres, primary schools, secondary schools, bus routes and shopping centres, there’s little wonder homes in Gulliver are swiftly being snapped up for renovations by young families. Like many homes in the area, this building was constructed post World War 2 and originally featured a small living area, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The objective for this project was to create more space for a growing family including a much-needed entertaining space.

At 60m2 originally, this renovation has achieved this outcome more than doubling the footprint of the home to 140m2. This involved demolition of an enclosed lean-to structure at the rear extending the house towards the back of the property, rather than lifting and building in as is a popular choice in Townsville. A new deck was designed into the centre of the build creating a central hub of the home allowing for a supplementary dining and living area offsetting the smaller lounge space in the original home. Situated on the eastern side of the extension, the deck location leverages the morning sun whilst keeping the entertaining area shaded from the harsh afternoon sun dominating in the west. A major architectural feature of the extension is the fly-over roof over the deck which allowed the owners to achieve greater height in their outdoor space to ensure it did not feel dark or closed in. An important aspect to consider when working with any architect or design on your plans.

A new hallway, separate toilet, laundry and minor alterations to the doorway access of the original bathroom create functional spaces that complement the original building’s floorplan. The rear of the house is occupied by the main bedroom with a walk-through robe leading into the ensuite. Herringbone tiles, brushed brass features, light-washed cabinetry, and aluminium louvres combine to create a relaxing retreat taking the owner’s on holiday while at home. We have it on good authority that this is the owner’s favourite part of the house.

One of the biggest changes included in this project was the cladding of the new extension and original building in James Hardy “Linea”, a fibre cement cladding which is a great option to create a Hamptons façade. With beautiful street appeal now, this renovation is a perfect example of adding value and a touch of luxury.

South Townsville Dream Home Renovation

On meeting the owners of this beautiful old Queenslander in 2017, the gamut for the project was to convert the bones of the original house into the family’s forever home. The build involved raising the original building and building in the ground floor to create a spacious and open kitchen, dining and living space flowing directly onto a new timber deck overlooking the backyard and new pool. One of our favourite additions to this project was the polished concrete floor extending throughout the entire ground floor which was customised for the owner’s style.

The first floor of the original house was returned to its former glory by reusing much of the existing timber cladding as part of converting the upper level to the family’s bedroom and informal living room. Homage was paid to the building’s Queenslander heritage by installing plantation louvres to the front façade and constructing a new entry deck with gabled roofline to the front door. This renovation highlights how the traditional Queenslander building can be revitalised and brought into the 21st century with contemporary touches, like a modern exterior colour choice, that work to enhance rather than diminish its simplicity and beauty.

It brings our team great joy to know that many happy years (and happy beers on that deck!) will be spent by this family in their “new” home.