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A richly ornate style with timeless appeal

Nothing beats the glamour of a classic. Popularised in the late 1880s, High Victorian architecture 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 still remain, including Parliament House, and Flinders Street Station.

However, out in the suburbs, it’s a different story. Melbourne’s inner and outer suburbs still have plenty of timeless style to offer home buyers. If you own one of these classic charmers, you’re in luck. Supa Group works with owners of Victorian homes to design and execute extensions that balance space and style while keeping the traditional features of the existing homes.

If you’re ready to renovate your Victorian home, contact Supa Group. During our Free Design Consultation, we will help you identify which elements you want to keep, remove, or extend. In the end, you’ll have a home that balances traditional style with modern practicality.

Key features of Victorian home extensions

Victorian homes display an abundance of opulence, communicated through rich design features.

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.

Mid-Victorian

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.

Retain your home's architectural appeal with a Victorian home renovation

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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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FAQs

How do I know if my Victorian home has a heritage overlay?

Homes built in the peak Victorian era — 1850 to 1901 — will most definitely have a heritage overlay. For homeowners, this means that if you want to renovate or extend, you will be required to preserve the iconic heritage modifiers of the home, and to retain the character of the neighbourhood.

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 aren’t sure 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 of what you can and can’t do when renovating.

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 10 years.

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

Why choose Supa Group

10 Year<br/>Guarantee 10 Year
Guarantee
Free Design Consultation Free Design Consultation
40 Years Experience 40 Years Experience
Fixed Price & Completion Time Fixed Price & Completion Time
All Areas Serviced All Areas Serviced

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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