The Smartline Report – September Edition

The month in review: Canberra

By Herron Todd White
September 2016

Canberra was developed as the nation’s capital in the early 1900s.

Initially almost all construction work in the capital was undertaken by Commonwealth instrumentalities. Government built housing was required to accommodate the public servants who transferred
from interstate. Early construction comprised a mix of brick and tile cottage style housing. Traditional housing styles changed in line with market, cost and construction trends over time, however, the traditional Canberra red brick cottage is still referred to today.

These traditional homes are generally centrally located in some of Canberra’s early suburbs including Griffith, Kingston and Yarralumla and currently form part of the top end of the residential market due to block size and location. Many have been extended over time.

In recent times, modern construction within developing estates has seen a trend towards contemporary designs using modern lightweight cladding material. These materials and construction techniques are cost efficient for builders and allow high rates of production of dwellings which has been required due to housing demand.


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