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Victorian home style

Victorian home style

Victorian home renovations and extensions in Melbourne

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Expand your Victorian home while keeping its timeless appeal

Distinct from the Victorian terrace design, High Victorian architecture was popularised in the late 1880s and quite literally put Melbourne on the map. Citing a want for contemporary modernism, many of the CBD's Victorian-era buildings were demolished. However, some remain, including Parliament House and Flinders Street Station. It’s a different story out in the suburbs, where Melbourne still boasts countless stunning Victorian homes. 

Supa Group will collaborate with you to add a modern extension to your Victorian house. Our extension design process always balances the contemporary need for practical space with the heritage charm of the existing house. 

You can trust our extensive experience to reveal exciting renovation opportunities, from a natural-light-filled rear extension to a second-storey expansion. Let’s begin with a Free Design Consultation.

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Key features of Victorian home extensions

Victorian homes favour opulence, communicated through rich design features and ornate detailing.

Early Victorian

Victorian homes at the beginning of the movement were more simplistic. Worker's cottages with corrugated iron roofs, picket fences and small gardens are great examples.


As the movement progressed, homes became more ornate, displaying cast iron elements, multi-coloured brickwork, decorative brackets and tall ceilings, and stained glass windows.

Late Victorian

The latter end of the Victorian movement was heavily influenced by the Italianate style. Key features include internal and external arches, detailed ornamentation, and bold colour schemes.

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Victorian home design features

Pitched roofs

Ornately designed gables and roof finials
Wraparound verandahs

Asymmetrical layouts

Towers and turrets

Often two stories

Second storey floor extension in Melbourne

Expand your home with spacious Victorian house extensions

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Victorian home heritage overlays

Homes built in the peak Victorian era (1850 to 1901) will most definitely have a heritage overlay. 

Homeowners will need council planning permission before beginning their renovation or extension construction process. To attain this permission, you must assure your council that any potential design concepts will preserve your home's and your neighbourhood's iconic heritage aesthetic.

Councils, and your neighbours, are keen to retain streetscape character as well as the individuality of many Victorian homes. At Supa Group, we also strive to retain the unique character of your home. Our clients love these old homes and want to preserve them for future generations.

If you need more clarification about the heritage status of your home, get in touch with Supa Group. Our in-house design consultants will investigate your heritage overlay. We will then advise on what you can and can't do when renovating.

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See what we can do

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.

Californian bungalow in Coburg
  • New open plan living area
  • New outdoor entertaining area
  • Redesigned and renovated ensuite
Ground and second storey extension in Kew
  • Ground floor extension with new open living, kitchen, and dining area.
  • First floor extension with two new bedrooms.
  • Master bedroom with luxury ensuite.
Ground floor extension Coburg North
  • Ground floor extension
  • Existing 3 Bedrooms / 2 bathrooms/ 1 living area
  • Converted to a 4 Bedroom/ three bathroom/ 2 livingareas
  • Attic space for storage with an attic ladder
  • Cypress pine pergola


Frequently asked questions about Victorian home extensions

What are some common problems in Victorian home renovations?

Older homes, including Victorian houses, often suffer a range of issues. These can often go unnoticed, so it pays to have someone inspect the home and grade its liveability. 

This is especially the case with Victorian brick homes. The foundations are often bluestone blocks, laid on redgum sleepers. If water pools around the base of the home, the foundation can be negatively affected.

Other issues can include:

  • Rotting and damp timber around foundations and in the roof
  • Faulty electrical and gas connections
  • Termites, white ants, and other pests
  • Irreparably damaged brickwork
  • Black mould and rising damp
  • Damaged timber flooring

These buildings are often (at least) 120 years old. But the materials that they were built with have stood the test of time.

What are the phases of a Victorian home extension?

At Supa Group, we follow a simple, three-step process when approaching all home extensions:

  1. The Design Phase gives you the chance to work with our in-house designers and architects to bring your Victorian renovation to life.
  2. The Contract Preparation Phase gives us time to prepare all paperwork required to form a business relationship between us, yourself, and the local council.
  3. The Build Phase is where we execute your designs to the highest standard. Following this, our work is guaranteed for ten years.

You may live at home during the Build Phase, provided you can access basic amenities like bathrooms, bedrooms, and at least one kitchen. If these are affected by the build, you may need to find other accommodations while they are unavailable.

See how we do it

All our extensions involve extensive design and planning to make sure you get your dream home. Learn about our process in detail.

A consultation for a home extension


We get to know you and what you want to achieve with our extension services, so we can design the ideal solution for you.

3D concept design of a home extension


We create 3D designs of your home extension so you can do a virtual walkthrough and make any changes you need.

A house extension being built


Once you approve your design, we provide a guaranteed start date for your extension, and we keep it on schedule.

Inspirational living room area photo


You can finally enjoy your dream home. We also provide complimentary aftercare services if you experience any issues.


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