Homes that Faithfully Reproduce the Classic Architectural Styles of the Victorian and Federation Eras


Classic period exteriors, perfect profiles and the highest quality in design, materials and service — this is what Harkaway Homes is known for and what every client receives.

Established in 1986 and operating in five states (Victoria, NSW, southern Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania), Harkaway Homes specialises in architecturally designed reproduction homes that offer the character, charm and authenticity of yesteryear with all the conveniences of modern-day living.

With eight ranges to choose from, there is a design option for every location, from a small suburban or inner-city block to acreage in the country, not to mention every lifestyle. Here we look at three of Harkaway Homes’ most popular design series: Victorian Traditional, Pavilion Roofline and Fair Dinkum Federation.

Victorian Traditional

The breathtaking Victorian Traditional series, which encompasses the architectural style of circa-1860 onwards, features the Victorian era’s most recognised and admired roofline. Homes of this style were built across Australia, in cities and towns, and ranged from humble cottages to the grand homes that typified the Gold Rush period. These homes had high ceilings, central hallways that acted as a breezeway (an especially welcome feature when that long-awaited cool change finally arrived), verandahs that shaded the home and French doors that fed onto the verandahs, adding further functionality to the home. Boasting all of these practical and charming features, a home from the Victorian Traditional series will sit proudly in a diverse range of locations, be it a sprawling plot in a rural setting or a modest inner-suburban block.

Pavilion Roofline

Ideally suited for acreage, Harkaway’s Pavilion Roofline series is one of the most popular and a major pillar upon which Harkaway Homes has built its unique reputation and high degree of success. These homes have been built by clients in many states across Australia, with rarely a floor plan the same as the next. The Pavilion Roofline series displays all of the character you would expect of a Harkaway home, along with the requisite country-lifestyle inclusions, such as a traditional wraparound verandah and the option to have a coolgardie located at the rear of the home.

Fair Dinkum Federation

Circa-1900 Federation homes were built across the nation in their thousands and many fine examples survive to this day. Recognised by their distinctive steep, angled bell roofline, as well as their front and side-return verandah, Federation homes also bragged boxed bay casement windows, feature entrances, French doors and an abundance of leadlight windows. Interiors featured high ceilings, fancy cornices and a central hallway complemented by carved timber friezes. Harkaway Homes’ Fair Dinkum Federation series offers all of these authentic character features in homes that are suited to both country and city lifestyles.

So, if you love the classic architectural styles of the Victorian or early-Federation eras, it doesn’t matter whether your goal is to build a home in the country that’s surrounded by open space, an abode on a suburban block that’s close to shops and cafes, or a residence in a leafy heritage location, Harkaway Homes has a design to help you realise your dreams.

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