Understanding Insurance Requirements for Renovations and Extensions.

December 6, 2016

At Duncan Thompson Extensions we take insurance and responsibility of contracts seriously when working with our clients on their home extensions. Many builders operate their own independent businesses and, as such, take out their own insurance. On any building site, there can be a multitude of subcontractors in operation at any given time. Each subcontractor…

Building and planning permits What the consumer needs to know

November 22, 2016

If you are planning a home renovation or home extension one of the many things to consider before starting your building is whether your job requires a building permit or a planning permit (or both). The Building Act 1993 (the Act) and Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) legislate that all building work is subject to…

Building Permit Requirements for Rainwater Storage Tanks

November 6, 2016

It is the Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA)view that rainwater storage tanks, where they are self-supporting and stand-alone, are not classifiable structures under the Building Code of Australia, Volumes 1 or 2 of the National Construction Code. The Building Regulations 2006 provide an exemption from the requirement to obtain a building permit for a building or…

EXPERT OPINION – Bedroom Renovation Advice

August 29, 2016

It is common knowledge that the bathrooms and kitchens of a home tend to need renovations more often than other rooms. This is because these are high traffic areas and also have many more fixtures in them (such as sinks and taps) that date more quickly. At Duncan Thompson Extensions, we renovate and update bathrooms…

Keep your kitchen timeless by staying classic

August 12, 2016

Is your kitchen a status symbol, or is it a workshop? According to Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Phyllis McGinley, “the kitchen will not come into its own again until it ceases to be a status symbol and becomes again a workshop…when you enter it, you will feel the pulse of life throbbing from every corner. The…

DIY-ers beware: there could be asbestos hiding in your home

July 19, 2016

When you think about the dangers of asbestos, the image of old, decrepit buildings from a bygone era or of illegal mines pops into your head. The danger is a little closer to home for some Australians. Like most countries in the world, the use of asbestos in home construction has long been banned, but…

5 factors to consider when renovating your home

July 12, 2016

Need more space, or maybe a better use of the space you currently have? If you have a home, there is no good reason to settle for space that doesn’t meet your family’s needs perfectly. Australians aren’t ones to put up with a less than perfect living space. Research shows that most of us would…

Confidence in your Builder

May 31, 2016

Duncan Thompson Extensions takes pride in our professional standing within the extension and renovation building community. Managing Director, Chris French is a registered builder with a 40 year background in joinery, carpentry and building.  He is a Registered Building Practitioner and is affiliated with all industry peak bodies such as Master Builders Association and the…

Job in progress: Flood-damaged bayside Melbourne home

August 27, 2015

When our client from Patterson Lakes family home was completely flooded due to a plumbing fault that left the whole house in need of repair, they decided it was the perfect time to add that little bit of extra space they had been thinking about and gave us a call. We are adding a new…