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Renovating Ringwood

29 March 2016
By Neil Gardiner

Over the past 12 months Supa Group have completed several home renovations and house extensions in Ringwood as well as the neighbouring suburbs of Mitcham, Vermont and Blackburn.

One of the reasons that there has been so much home renovation activity in these areas relates to the increase in the median house prices for these suburbs. According to the increase in value over the period between June 2013 and June 2015 has been 37% for Blackburn, 52% for Vermont, 53% for Ringwood and 57% for Mitcham. As a result existing owners have more equity in their homes and have comfort in spending money on home renovations or an extension to their main asset – the family home.

Whilst there has been a tapering of the increase in the median house price of these suburbs since June 2015 it is foreseeable that Mitcham, Vermont and Ringwood will have median house prices in excess of $1 million within the next twelve months to two years.

The history of the area is interesting. When Melbourne (then Port Phillip) was first settled in 1836 one of the first things done by Governor Bourke was to set up a survey office. Robert Russell (ever heard of Russell Street?) was a member of this survey team and one of their first tasks was to survey the Yarra River to Warrandyte. Much of this land had already been settled by squatters who were quite proficient at performing their own surveys. How they managed conflicts as to holdings without proper title can only be speculated.

In 1843 there were further official surveys of the area performed by William Darke. Already there were various routes through the area which became major traffic arteries, and remain so to this day. One example was the “Yarra Track”, now the Maroondah Highway.

By the late 19th century the rolling hillsides of orchards, market gardens, poultry and dairy farms must have seemed like Melbourne’s version of Arcadia. The railway from Camberwell to Lilydale was completed in December 1882. The first building at the Ringwood Railway Station was a goods shed, reflecting the fact that the movement of produce from the area was a more important consideration than the movement of passengers.

There were a series of land sales and subdivisions over the years. In the 1920’s there was more intensive subdivision which coincided with the electrification of the railway line. Due to the Great Depression that soon followed this, much of the land stood vacant until after the Second World War. Much of Ringwood has homes dated from the 1950’s although there are some pockets of earlier Californian Bungalows and scattered farmsteads.

These 1950’s homes generally have good bones, were constructed with good materials, and had plenty of natural light. They therefore are perfect candidates for renovations or extensions and owners can build with confidence knowing that they will not be overcapitalising. In the mean time they can enjoy the lifestyle advantages that a well thought out floor plan and updated amenities can bring.

  • “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