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Australian Architecture Styles to Identify Your Home

Finding out what architectural style your home falls under can be a useful tool. It is not only interesting to know more about the history of your house, but it can also help with value and resale if you ever decide to sell. Here are six common Australian housing styles suggested by Achieve Property Styling, house styling in Melbourne:


Federation style is the most common style of architecture in Australia. It is a simplified version of the Victorian style, with features such as brick, hipped roofs, verandahs and gabled windows. Federation homes can be found in all states but are more common in eastern states.


Victorian houses are characterised by their large, imposing and often asymmetrical appearance. Victorian homes were built in the 19th century, and are named after the British monarch at the time, Queen Victoria.

The style is more common in Australia’s larger cities like Melbourne and Sydney where there’s plenty of room for a house with turrets or spires perched on top.

California Bungalow

The California bungalow is a style of residential architecture that was popular in the early 20th century. The style is associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, which sought to promote simple, handmade items—a philosophy that inspired many architects at the time. It’s characterized by low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and beams (or “fascia”), porches or verandas on multiple sides of the house.


The Edwardian style was a revival of the Victorian style that preceded it. The first use of this revivalist style was during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and the completion of Australia’s Federation in 1901. This style possesses ornate details and trims such as dentil mouldings, cornices, friezes, pilasters and columns.

Edwardian architecture is often found in suburban areas or country towns with villas designed for wealthy families who wanted to enjoy their prosperity outside the city.

Art Deco

Art Deco is a style of architecture and design that emerged in the 1920s and 30s. It took its inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement, but it was more modern, streamlined, and sleek.

The style was used in many different ways: in art and architecture, on jewellery and furniture, and even in clothing. It was also used to decorate homes and public buildings in the United States and Europe.

Art Deco buildings were often made with reinforced concrete or steel frames; this allowed them to be built quickly with little labour expense. They were often painted in bright colours like reds, greens, yellows, blues, oranges, and purples—colours that were thought to inspire creativity at the time.


The Queenslander is a style of home that is more than 100 years old. It has a distinctive roof, with large eaves that overhang the walls and protect against rain. The roof may be curved, pitched or flat. The windows are tall and narrow, with multiple panes of glass separated by muntins (thin strips of wood). There’s often an external wall vent to allow air to flow through the house when it’s hot outside.

Australian Ranch (Rambler)

A rambler is a home that has been built in Australia since the late 18th century and its name comes from its ‘rambling’ style. It was popular during both World Wars because of the materials used and ease of construction but fell out of favour after the 1950s.

A ranch is also known as an Australian Ranch (Rambler) house. The original homes were built with materials found when clearing land for farming or cattle stations – timber posts and wall timbers for example. Nowadays you will see these homes still being built with local hardwood trees such as ironbark, red gum or spotted gum poles for their posts and timber floors instead of concrete slab floors like you would find in new homes today.


At the end of the day, there is a lot to consider when you want to give your home an Australian touch. The best way to do this is by making sure it has a strong sense of character and personality that reflects its surroundings. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just wondering how other people have personalised their homes, hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on how it can be done.

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