Retaining colonial heritage through suburban architecture
The post-Federation Edwardian homes of Melbourne rose in popularity between 1901 and World War I. This architectural style mirrored a shift in a more self-confident nation. The ostentatious hallmarks of Victorian design were abandoned in favour of sensitive, local elements, like native fauna and regional timber and stone.
It also marked the first time that homes were designed for the Australian climate — light, space, and airflow being favoured over style. These elements endure today, and continue to be key selling points for home buyers. New and existing owners of Edwardian homes in Melbourne often want to retain these stylistic features when they renovate or extend.
The team at Supa Group have decades of experience extending and renovating Edwardian homes in Melbourne. Book a consultation with us, and our design consultants will help you identify what you need to keep, where you can add space, and what elements you can change.
Key features of Edwardian home renovations
Edwardian homes in Melbourne speak to the wealth and prosperity of a brand new nation.
Keep an eye out for gardens full of native plants, contrasted with ornate, geometric fauna and flora motifs in stained glass windows.
Plenty of red
Melbourne's Edwardian homes are steeped in local materials, including red brick exteriors, terracotta tiles, and rich, embellished wood.
Although less gaudy than their Victorian cousins, Edwardian homes still feature interior details like ceiling roses, cornices and architraves, high ceilings, and generous living spaces.