Should You Pack Up And Sell Or Renovate And Extend

There are many reasons why you might want to sell your home. Perhaps your family’s needs have changed or maybe you’ve come into some extra money that will allow you to make the move you’ve always wanted to. But before…

Why Kitchen Or Bathroom Renovations Always Pay Off

Renovations are a great way to improve your house, add or enhance important features and add additional resale value to your property. At Duncan Thompson Extensions, clients often ask us exactly which room of the house they should focus on…

Buying And Planning To Renovate? Read This First!

Want to enter the property market? Homes in need of renovations or upgrades are not only more affordable, but they also let you create a living space that fits in with your vision of domestic bliss. If you’re contemplating purchasing…

4 Reasons Why You Need A Qualified Home Designer’s Expertise When Extending Your Victorian Home

The main challenge when renovating or adding modern touches to a Victorian, Federation or other ‘heritage’ home is keeping to the building’s architectural authenticity. This requires a deep understanding of the character and elements of design style and detailing. To…

The 5 Stage Guide To Working With Your Designer When Designing Your Home

As exciting as building your dream home from the ground up is, it also involves a complex process. An experienced draftsperson has the necessary knowledge and skill set to help smooth the process during the first 5 stages. Stage 1:…

4 Areas Of Residential Property Expertise That A Professional Draftsperson or Architect Can Help You With

Whether you are looking to design a completely new home from the ground up or make improvements to an existing structure, the expertise of a skilled draftsperson can provide much-needed advice on all related aspects of home renovation and building…

The Suburb Of Brighton

The suburb of Brighton is located in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne just 11 kilometres from the city.  It is a grand bayside suburb comprising of some impressive homes both contemporary and old in architectural style. Brighton is home…

Job update: Mont Albert second story extension (and Keith)

It won’t be too long now before our Mont Albert clients can start enjoying their new upper storey as the whole project is really starting to come together. The first few pictures were captured when the timber frame and new tiled…

Understanding Insurance Requirements for Renovations and Extensions.

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,…

Building and planning permits What the consumer needs to know

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…

Building Permit Requirements for Rainwater Storage Tanks

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…

EXPERT OPINION – Bedroom Renovation Advice

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…

Making multi-generational living work in the home with the help of a simple renovation

For the first time in history, families in Australia are finding themselves living in multi-generational homes, with a combination of factors to blame. With the average home in Sydney having increased four times in price since 2000, home ownership is…

Keep your kitchen timeless by staying classic

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…

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

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…

5 factors to consider when renovating your home

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…

Why there’s never been a better time to add that double-story extension

We’ve all flirted with the idea of a small home renovation in casual conversation with friends. Some of us would want to expand a small bedroom while others would want to make an outdated kitchen more airy and modern. Mention…

Confidence in your Builder

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…

Bathroom Builds

Bathrooms are such an important part of our homes. Having an attractive functional bathroom gives every home an extra dimension of appeal. If you are thinking of an extension or renovation of your current bathroom area/s, Duncan Thompson Extensions has…

Job in progress: Flood-damaged bayside Melbourne home

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…