Things to consider when restoring a heritage home

January 13, 2021

When looking to buy an existing home in Melbourne, there is a good chance you will come to different types of architectural designs depending on where you look. Majority of the time, when people come across heritage homes, they think of knocking it down and building a house with a modern look, but why not…

Sustainable upgrades that can be made to your home

December 7, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have had to spend more time at home than ever before which also means that home appliances are being used more than ever before as well. As a result of this many if not all households have experienced a higher electricity bill, which may have made you wonder,…

The Importance of Domestic Building Insurance

November 27, 2020

In Victoria, domestic building insurance (also known as Builders Warranty Insurance) is managed by a state-directed home insurance fund called the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). Generally mandatory when building a new home, it may also be required for renovations and extensions too, depending on the value of the required works. Duncan Thompson Extensions is…

More multigenerational living after a Pandemic

November 25, 2020

The unexpected rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way of living for all members of society. In such unprecedented times, many people have been forced into multigenerational living, which simply means multiple generations living together in the same house. With aged care living arrangements now being vulnerable to COVID outbreaks, the elderly have…

Building Inspections – Why They Are Needed and When They Occur

November 17, 2020

Whether you are building a whole new house or extending your current home, construction is carried out in phases involving various contractors working on different components of the build. The end result will should see your dream vision come to life so you want to ensure the extension has been built well and is finished…

Open plan living vs pandemic living

November 2, 2020

The unexpected rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way of living for all members of society. Restrictions which have led to the closure of workplaces, schools/universities and shopping precincts have meant that many of us are spending more time at home than ever before. Spending all this time at home, especially with family…

Covid-19, the perfect time to plan your renovation

October 4, 2020

The uprising of COVID-19 restrictions has left many Victorian’s with not a lot to do. Day’s seem longer than they once used to be, and time just could not pass any slower. Although this isn’t how anyone planned for their 2020 to unfold, lockdown is a great opportunity for homeowners to thoroughly plan out the…

The Many Benefits of Incorporating a Pool House into Your Home Renovation

September 16, 2020

If you are installing a swimming pool as part of your home renovation plans, the idea of spending even more hard-earned money for a pool house might seem frivolous. However, what most people don’t take into account is that a well-built pool house is a valuable addition to any home, providing an extra space that…

Creating an Inspiring Home Office that Will Function for the Whole Family

September 9, 2020

With more and more people preferring the convenience of working from home, dedicated home offices have become a necessity in most Melbourne homes, and if you have school-age children, setting up a family home office is a sensible idea. At Duncan Thompson Extensions, we have over 30 years’ experience building quality home extensions and renovations…

Adding Value to Your Home Through a Home Extension

August 28, 2020

When people think of adding value to their homes, they normally think about improving their outdoor living areas, repairing things around the house or some new rendering/wall painting. However, one of the biggest ways of adding value to your home is often overlooked, and that is an extension to your existing home. We believe home…

Create a Smart Bathroom with the Latest Technology

June 25, 2020

If you think starting your morning shower from the warmth of your bed or having the perfect bath ready the minute you walk through the door is a thing of the future, think again. With the latest innovative, smart bathroom technology, it’s easy (and even more affordable) than you’d imagine. With the rise of smart…

Top Reasons for Choosing Hydronic Heating

June 15, 2020

Simplistic, safe and super eco-friendly, hydronic heating systems heat water and move it through sealed pipes to radiators throughout the home. The sealed system can also be used to heat towel rails, floor slabs, even swimming pools, anywhere where it is needed. While it’s not the most common form heating in Australian homes, it is…