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Melbourne’s first brick veneer homes sprang up in the 1960s. Offering comfort, space, and affordability, these cozy classics became a popular option for Melbourne’s first-home buyers, and continue to be built today. The standardised brick veneer house designs allowed homeowners to spend more personalising their new homes to their unique tastes.
Brick veneer houses are a great style for today’s young homeowners and growing families. But the right Supa Group extension or renovation can turn a great house into the perfect home.
Supa Group works with families and homeowners to design, develop, and implement extensions to brick veneer homes in Melbourne. Our design consultants are on call to help you realise your renovation dreams.
Thought simple by design, these homes certainly aren’t without charm. As we discuss renovating your brick veneer home, let’s consider the features you want to keep, discard or adapt.
Aside from the cream or red brick veneer walls, you can usually identify modern brick homes by their single, double, or triple frontage.
Your brick veneer home will likely feature a range of standard inclusions, including steel-frame windows, tiled roofs, and timber flooring.
Unlike other home styles, there will be plenty of spare space around your brick veneer. This gives the opportunity to move the frontage or extend out the back. Their simple roof lines often mean a double-storey extension is a great option.
Brick veneer exterior walls (all or only street-facing)
Thinner walls than solid masonry houses
Double or triple fronted
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It's unlikely that your brick veneer home will have a heritage overlay, as such overlays are usually reserved for homes built before WWII. They are designated to help preserve the architectural heritage of a local area, and different city councils have different requirements for preservation.
Depending on the historical significance of your building and its renovation history, your brick veneer home may fall under a heritage overlay. If you’re unsure, contact Supa Group. Our team has decades of expertise in navigating council requirements for extensions and renovations. We'll investigate your home and see whether there are any considerations to make.
Following this, we will advise you of precisely what you can do to your home, whether you want to add, change, or remove elements. Contact us for a Free Design Consultation to get started.
Have a look at our recent projects to get a feel for the type of transformation you can expect in your own home. Get ideas, be inspired, and then we’ll create your perfect home.
Brick veneer houses were designed for mass appeal and affordability. Though they are superficially identical to solid brick homes, there are key differences.
In a veneer home, a single course of brick is attached to an internal structural support with metal ties. The walls of a solid brick house are usually two layers of brick. It’s not always easy to tell them apart. You may identify double brick houses by spotting the header bricks; in any row of bricks, you’ll notice one shorter end-face. Header bricks bind the two brick layers together. You can also tap your knuckles against the walls; a solid brick home has brick internal walls that won’t reverberate; brick veneer homes have internal plasterboard walls that will sound hollow when you tap them.
A double brick house is usually more durable than a veneer counterpart — but that’s not necessarily true these days. With modern brick construction and durable designs, Supa Group’s brick veneer house renovations and extensions are warranted for a decade and designed to last a lifetime. Of course, your foundations must be sound and kept free from moisture.
If you'd like to know more about the process, including accurate timeframes, get in touch with Supa Group. A Free Design Consultation is the perfect place to get started.
This will all depend on the size and scale of the renovation or extension that you're undertaking. If the basic amenities for living at home are unaffected — bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens — then you can remain at the property. However, if these are affected, you may have to vacate until they are usable once again.
All our extensions involve extensive design and planning to make sure you get your dream home. Learn about our process in detail.
We get to know you and what you want to achieve with our extension services, so we can design the ideal solution for you.
We create 3D designs of your home extension so you can do a virtual walkthrough and make any changes you need.
Once you approve your design, we provide a guaranteed start date for your extension, and we keep it on schedule.
You can finally enjoy your dream home. We also provide complimentary aftercare services if you experience any issues.