Heritage design guide

Characteristics of Heritage Houses

There are many differing architectural styles that fall under the ‘Heritage’ umbrella. A house can be officially Heritage ‘listed’ as a place of cultural or historical significance which brings with it important expectations and regulations to maintain its innate character. In general property terms though, ‘Heritage’ refers more to historic and aesthetic values that are deemed worthy of preservation. Maintaining authenticity in Heritage style homes is a top priority, which in turn retains the romance, character, and nostalgia they evoke.

Helping define Australia’s Heritage Style

Lysaght products have shaped Australian architecture for over 150 years with its famous corrugated steel sheets playing a major role in the design of our homes. This product, now known as CUSTOM ORB®, has been used on many classic Australian structures, from homesteads and stables, to the outdoor dunny and our iconic water tanks.  

This corrugated profile plays a significant role in the Heritage style, creating the curved (or bull-nose) verandah and the traditional roofs we are most familiar with.  Lysaght also produces the alternative flat pan roofing profile, seen on some Heritage homes along with all the necessary gutters, fascias and downpipes to complete an authentic result. 

Heritage Styles

An Australian heritage-style home is characterised by its unique architectural design and a blend of historical and colonial influences. These homes are typically inspired by the traditional Australian architectural styles that emerged during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these architectural styles such as Victorian and Federation are similar, while later movements including Art Deco, take on completely different design philosophies. 

To learn more about Australia’s architectural eras and their characteristics, download our Heritage Look Book.


Heritage Roofing Profiles

The LYSAGHT® roofing range includes Heritage-inspired options available in either unpainted or pre-painted COLORBOND® steel finishes to suit every project.


Wide Pan

Heritage-appropriate profiles featuring wide, flat pans deliver a strong linear visual.

High performance standing seam steel roofing or walling, capable of curving
Heritage-inspired steel roofing or walling featuring a rounded rib form


The LYSAGHT® roofing range includes options available  in either unpainted or pre-painted COLORBOND® steel finishes ideally suited to a variety of Heritage styles.

A mini-corrugated wall cladding suitable for use in interior and exterior applications

Complete the Look

Lysaght supplies a large range of traditional style rainwater goods including gutters, downpipes and rainheads specifically suited to Heritage projects. These accessories are important details that will either need to blend in or contrast to your roofing or brickwork. 



Traditionally shaped steel gutters suited to heritage style houses
Classic shaped steel gutters adaptable to both modern & older style houses, patios, carports & sheds.


Steel fascia system compatible with an extensive range of LYSAGHT® gutters

Colour the Heritage Way

Heritage colour palettes were often based on highlighting the primary components of the structure, including architectural features and decorative elements, while the colour and finish of the main building materials such as red brick, stone-coloured stucco or cream weatherboards played a large role in determining the overall colour schemes on many Heritage houses. 

Whether you are restoring and extending a house of historical significance or reviving an older home for modern living Lysaght® have a broad range of products available in the COLORBOND® Steel colour palette suitable for Heritage projects. 


Traditional Heritage

Restore the classic look of your Heritage home with colours inspired by the Australian landscape.

Classic Cream™
Manor Red®
Woodland Grey®
Pale Eucalypt®
Cottage Green®

Contemporary Revival

Update your Heritage home with a sophisticated modern palette.

Dover White™
Shale Grey™

The COLORBOND® steel colour swatches shown have been reproduced to represent actual product colours and finish as accurately as possible, but you should check your chosen colour against an actual sample of the product before purchasing, since varying light conditions and technical limitations can affect colour tones and finish when viewed on screen. Availability of colours & finishes varies by region and profile.