'Drag and drop' home a moveable feast
THIS beautiful Queenslander is what is known as a 'drag and drop'. Owned by Stewart McIntosh, the house was cut into three pieces and delivered to Bangalow from Brisbane.
There are over thirty of these 'drag and drop' houses in the little village.
This house is over a hundred years old and has been lovingly restored to beyond its former glory.
"I love the openness of it, the 12 foot ceilings and the history of old homes," says Stewart.
"This house had to be moved for road works on an outer suburb of Brisbane, it's probably recycling at its best!" laughs Stewart.
"I have added most of the features, including the light fittings that I bought in Melbourne, they are 1930s or 1940s. I also had all the plantation shutters put in, but the windows were already there.
"They are not original, they're probably from the 1930s, I think.
"They are lovely in winter because the sun shines through and filters through past the rainforest next door and creates a beautiful dappled light," says Stewart.
"We painted the house, plus a lot of the doors didn't fit properly so I had to take the doors off and shave them and put them back on," explained Stewart.
"When you move these houses, Queensland has a law that you can't move them in the daytime and New South Wales, you can't move them in the night!
"So they have to drive to the border and wait for the sun to come up and then drive them into New South Wales. This house was so big it had to be cut into three pieces!
"I love living here because there are no dark and dank corners, as there often is in old houses, there's light everywhere, plus there's eight outside doors.
"The greenery surrounding the house is beautiful and I don't feel like I'm in the 'burbs! There's even an eight foot python and I get to feed the kookaburras by hand on the deck."