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Q & A on the benefits of extending your home

04 August 2017


1. What are the benefits of extending and renovating a home- rather than rebuilding?

There are great benefits in making the decision to extend and renovate. For some the main reason is purely emotional. The family holds a history of memories for many and demolishing may not be an option.  The heart will always rule.

Melbourne’s history is reflected in its homes and retaining the characteristics of classic period homes can only be retained by extending and renovating. This will provide the lifestyle but at the same time preserve a little bit of history.

Being able to live in the family home during works will avoid the upheaval of moving and renting which could ultimately cost thousands of dollars.

Time costs money and doing a knock down rebuild will usually take more time to complete than to extend and renovate.

Lastly, adding a well-designed extension can add value to your home. According to the June Median House price in Reservoir for a two bedroom home is $685,250.00 but if the home has four bedrooms the median price is $866,500.00

 2.What do people need to think about when extending /renovating? I.e. the house’s character, street view, noise in the neighbourhood?

Extra space is the primary reason for extending. When we design an extension our Design Consultants take into consideration how the client will use the home, who lives there, what aspect is of value to them ie: keeping the garden for the children to play in. In this case we may recommend an upper floor extension. We also have to take council requirements into consideration to make sure the design will comply with planning setbacks. If the house is period it may have a heritage overlay which may place some restrictions on the design. Alternatively the client may want to add a more modern extension to delineate from the original house.

3. Are there any trends in the types of renovations/extensions people are doing? I.e. are the building upwards or outwards?

There are no specific trends that dictate whether we do a ground or upper it’s more about fulfilling the owner’s requirements. For example ground floor extensions have been popular in creating a more open plan kitchen dining and living area, often incorporating an alfresco with views to the garden. Retired couples may wish to keep all works at ground level to avoid stairs.

First floor additions are common with growing families where a more zoned living approach is required. Often the first floor will accommodate the children and master is kept downstairs.

4. How long does it take on average to renovate/extend a home?

Timeframes will vary on the complexity of each project and work involved. As a rule of thumb, the average job to complete a house extension with Supa Group from the time we start construction on site to handover is approximately 5 months.

5. What should renovators expect while works are going on? i.e. dust and mess, perhaps not being able to use a bathroom etc.

Any works on site is disruptive, but the ability to minimise any inconveniences comes down to communication. A Building Supervisor is allocated to each project to ensure the comfort and safety of family through high practice of OH&S and coordinating all trades on site. By providing constant updates on upcoming works allows the family to plan ahead avoiding

frustrations. A functioning bathroom must be available and home owners are given plenty of notice for any disruption to their services.

So yes there will be dust and rubble, and if its winter make sure you have some extra blankets around. But keep in mind the finished product- your home extension will be fully insulated and much more energy efficient.

  • “The quality of tradesmen Supa Group employ are very good. Our original home was built by a volume builder and doesn't compare to the workmanship displayed by Supa Groups tradesmen.”

    Steve and Anna of Pascoe Vale South
  • “The works commenced in November and as promised the second storey was at lock up well before Christmas.”

    John and Grazie of Box Hill North
  • “Our previous experience of builders has not been great, however we immediately experience a far more professional, friendly and reliable approach.”

    David and Kathryn of Wantirna
  • “A big Thank You for a smooth project throughout all its stages, which did not interfere with our busy household of seven.”

    Naso and Eva of Bulleen
  • “Thank you for working with us over the last year to make our dream of renovating our much loved home a reality.”

    Mark and Catherine of Hampton
  • “Wez and I were very touched by the kind thoughts and flowers we received for our family loss, we warmly thank you so very much...and this is Supa Group!!!”

    Wez and Pina of Rowville
  • “You get results that make you smile every time you come home and open the front door. You get a home that brings you joy.”

    Steve and Jenny of Watsonia
  • “The Design process was like no other we have experienced. We were excited from day one and we are still smiling from ear to ear.”

    Kleanthis and Emma of Oakleigh East
  • “Our building supervisor Braidon Marshall was absolutely fantastic. He was friendly, approachable and accessible when we had a few issues out of hours. We sprung a leak on one rather rainy night, and he came to the rescue after his birthday dinner no less!”

    Danny and Melissa of Coburg
  • “The pleasant demeanor, accommodation of questions and assistance through the process has provide us with a feeling of a priority client. ”

    Peter and Louise of Alphington
  • “What was really impressive was that the building works were completed in an incredible 6 weeks!!!!”

    Chris and Michelle of Camberwell
  • “I highly recommend anyone to consider Supa Group for an extension on their home. I am absolutely delighted we chose Supa Group to make our dreams come true!”

    Tony and Claire
  • “We are very happy in our new home and we would like to thank all the staff at supagroup.”

    Dale and Cristina, Port Melbourne
  • “Supa Group has done a great job capturing our vision with the original ideas and plans we had in mind and the result is better than we would have expected.”

    Con and Daniella, East Keilor
  • “From initial plans right through to the end Supagroup have been polite, professional and super efficient and well organised. Thanks to everyone at Supagroup for helping realise my dreams.”

    Claudia, West Footscray
  • “We have no hesitation in recommending Supa Group and we have already started in our Church community, neighbourhood and Tin's work place.”

    David and Tina, Gladstone Park
  • “We would not hesitate to recommend Supa Group to any family or friends who may consider a house extension.”

    George & Elizabeth, Maidstone
  • “The end result has exceeded my expectations. Not only is the end result stunning but also the manner in which it was achieved was exemplary. I would have no hesitation in recommending Supa Group to others considering extending their homes.. ”

    Jane, Blackburn
  • “...we were looking for a no fuss solution, which would require as little input from us as possible. We certainly found that with the Supa Group. We found you professional and timely right throughout the building phase.”

    Peter and Rose, Taylors Lakes
  • “My family and I would like to thank you for your excellent quality of work done on our second level extension. It's been an exciting six months watching our house turn into the home we were hoping for.”

    Tom and Vicky, Mill Park
  • “We have found the whole experience of a new extension something interesting and exciting and are delighted to recommend Supagroup to our friends and neighbours.”

    Tim and Kathy, Beaconsfield
  • “Every day we look around and are amazed at what has been achieved. ...our journey with Supa Group has been amazing to say the least. ”

    Damian and Anthea
  • “We would not hesitate in recommending Supa Group to others that are thinking of renovating or extending.”

    Maria and Vince