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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.

Natural style

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.

Interior details

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.

Keep the old and build out the new with a Edwardian home renovation in Melbourne

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About Supa Group

Just like our home extensions and renovations, Supa Group has stood the test of time. We were founded in 1974 by Frank Way, laying a solid groundwork of commitment and service to his staff, subcontractors, and most importantly, his clients — families seeking to remain in the home they know and love.

Now owned and operated by Neil Gardiner, Supa Group’s original commitment has remained the same. Today, our clients are still offered the peace of mind that comes with hiring a builder who takes projects from conception to completion.

Our reputation as a multi-award-winning master builder is built upon a foundation of commitment to quality. We are proud to deliver best possible outcomes for our clients, and we want to do the same for you. Contact us for a free design consultation, and begin building towards the future.

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Does my Edwardian home have a heritage overlay?

If your home was built in the peak Edwardian era — 1901 to World War I — it almost definitely will fall under a heritage overlay. This means that as a homeowner, you need to preserve certain heritage features of the home when you extend or renovate. Different councils around Melbourne have different requirements for Edwardian heritage overlays.

If you are concerned that your home falls beneath a heritage overlay, contact Supa Group. Our design consultants will work with you to develop a plan to renovate your home based on council requirements. With our help, you can retain the period charm of your home while adding plenty of space and style.

What are some common problems encountered during an Edwardian home renovation?

Back when they were built, there was no electricity, so often there are complications with electrical wiring in Edwardian homes. They also suffer from poor energy ratings, as insulation and glazing were not up to today’s standards. But what they lack in this area is more than made up for in the character that they exude.

Other problems we encounter during an Edwardian home renovation include:

  • Rotting timber around foundations or in roofs
  • White ants and termites
  • Damaged and crumbling brick
  • Rising damp and black mould
  • Uneven or springy timber flooring

What are the phases of an Edwardian home extension?

All Supa Group extensions and renovations follow a similar three-step process:

  1. The Design Phase allows our in-house architects and designers time to work with you to figure out what stylistic and structural elements you want in your home.
  2. The Contract Preparation Phase sees us preparing all required paperwork between us, yourself, and the local council.
  3. The Build Phase is where our builders and contractors get to work bringing your extension or renovation to life, guaranteed for 10 years.

During The Build Phase, you can potentially live in the home as the extension progresses. However, you will need to have access to basic amenities, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchen. If any of these are affected, you may have to move out for the duration of the build.

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What our customers are saying

Brian and Cathy of Fairfield

We were particularly impressed by the job’s completion on time, despite some weather delays.

Chris and Michelle of Camberwell

What was really impressive was that the building works were completed in an incredible 6 weeks!!!!

Dale and Christina of Port Melbourne

We are very happy in our new home and we would like to thank all the staff at supagroup.

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