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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.
Victorian homes favour opulence, communicated through rich design features and ornate detailing.
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.
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.
Ornately designed gables and roof finials
Towers and turrets
Often two stories
Get started with a Free Design Consultation with Supa Group.
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.
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.
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:
These buildings are often (at least) 120 years old. But the materials that they were built with have stood the test of time.
At Supa Group, we follow a simple, three-step process when approaching all home extensions:
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.
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.