The Charming, Character-filled Architectural Styles found in Melbourne

April 10, 2021

There is something captivating about period houses, they allow us to step back in time and appreciate the intricate workmanship of yesteryear. Melburnians love nothing more than restoring, renovating and transforming these classic houses into contemporary masterpieces that function for modern families. For period and heritage home renovations in Melbourne, Duncan Thompson Extensions is the…

What Happens if You Get Caught Without a Building Permit?

March 31, 2021

In Australia, most residential renovation and building projects require building permits or planning permits, and in many cases both. If you are looking to renovate your Melbourne house, you might be feeling excited yet overwhelmed by the paperwork required to ensure you adhere to all the necessary rules and regulations.  There are serious consequences for…

The Different Types of Damp and How to Fix it

February 26, 2021

Melbourne is filled with beautiful, architecturally remarkable heritage homes, some of which date back to the early 1800’s. Rich is history and character, period homes are highly sought-after for their unique, old-world beauty, however, most lack the contemporary functionality that modern Melbournians need and want. Due to their age, many old houses are also plagued…

The Best Ways to Fund a Home Renovation

February 16, 2021

If your new year’s resolution revolves around transforming your home from drab to fab, there’s no better time to start the process than now. Whether your house is need of a small cosmetic makeover or a complete home renovation you might be wondering how you will be able to fund it? Fortunately, there are many…

Concrete Slab Vs Traditional Stumps – Which is Better?

January 20, 2021

House foundations aren’t generally considered one of the most exciting aspects of the home renovation or building process, however they are vital to the overall structural integrity of your home. Until the 1970’s, Melbourne homes were traditionally built on timber or concrete stumps with timber bearers. As construction processes and techniques have advanced in recent…

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…