5 home design essentials for subtropical living

5 home design essentials for subtropical living


Kalka believe that living in a well-designed home is the perfect way to enhance the lives of those within. For the Brisbane-based home designer and builder, one important influence is the Queensland climate

Southeast Queensland has a subtropical climate, with hot summers, mild winters and very little fluctuation in temperature compared to many places in Australia. One of the great things about a subtropical climate is that, with a generally steady year-round temperature, the need to artificially heat or cool the home can be reduced with good design. A subtropical climate is also perfect for enjoying outdoor living all year round!

Kalka homes provide a modern interpretation of the traditional ‘Queenslander’ style of home.

Encompassing this style, Kalka homes are designed with these five key principles in mind to complement the beautiful Queensland climate:

  • 1. Lightweight cladding – enabling heat to be released quickly to the cooler night air
  • 2. Long narrow designs – to maximise cross flow of the breezes
  • 3. Insulation – to the ceiling and external walls to prevent heat transfer in summer, and help prevent warmth escaping in winter
  • 4. Light coloured roofing with reflective foil insulation – to protect the home from heat transfer during summer
  • 5. The provision of covered outdoor living areas adjacent to the internal kitchen and living areas – to make the most of our outdoor lifestyle