Renovating Period Home Melbourne
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Renovating Period Home Melbourne

Are you planning a period home renovation in Melbourne? Is this your first time to do any sort of home renovation?

Period home renovations are not easy, especially for first-timers. If you are new to home renovations, we have come up with a list of things you should keep in mind while renovating your home.

The following list should get you well on your way to transforming your current home into your dream home.

1. Consult a Professional

People think that engaging the services of builders, architects, designers, and other professionals will make a renovation project even more expensive.

This is a common misconception and couldn’t be further from the truth.

Consulting a professional and utilising their expert services will give you a solid design and help avoid mistakes and delays along the way.

Most importantly, you will end up with a beautifully renovated home that is strong and sturdy and will last for many years to come.

2. Choose a Design and Stick to It

A common mistake that can decimate a renovation budget is constant changes being made to the design.

It can be very tempting to make changes along the way with new ideas springing to mind as the renovation starts to take shape.

Just one small peek on Pinterest can make you want to alter the design. Once you have chosen a design and layout it is so important to be disciplined and stick to it.

Avoid looking at other design concepts when you already have one.

3. Choose a Theme

Choose a theme that will be either complement the rest of the house or contrast it. Having a cohesive design all throughout the house is important.

Adding a contrast can be a creative way of updating a home. There is nothing wrong with adding a modern touch to a period home as long as it is done tastefully.

Things To Keep In Mind While Renovating Period Home

4. Choose a Color-Scheme

Paint colour and wallpaper are usually overlooked. Remember that your paint colours play a vital role in the overall look and feel of your home.

Choose neutral, light colours for a refreshing feel and to add a touch of class.

5. Salvage, Re-Use, Recycle

During demolition, try to salvage as many materials as you can. Pick out fittings, fixtures, decor and other various accessories.

Pick out those items that will go with your design concept, theme, and colour scheme.

6. Choose New Furniture, Fixtures, Accessories, and Decors

Choose new furnishings and fixtures according to your design, theme and colour scheme. Research the best prices so that you can set a reasonable budget.

When you have the preliminary budget sorted out, purchase furniture and fixtures in advance especially tiles, lighting fixtures and those items that break easily.

This is important as it can help to avoid delays in case there is a need for replacements or repairs.

7. Finalise The Budget

Set a budget according to your design and choose furniture and fixtures accordingly as mentioned above. Keep a realistic budget with a bit of wiggle room for additional expenses.

It is vitally important that you stick to the budget and avoid any changes to the design and furniture along the way.

Things To Keep In Mind While Renovating Period Home

8. Finishing

A good quality finish is just as important as the quality of materials and design. Cabinetry and carpentry, as well as paint and wallpaper installation, should be spot on.

Aesthetics play an important part in the overall feel of the place.

9. Decorating

Add some personal touches when decorating. Your new space should look and feel like you. Don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new.

You do not have to use all new furnishings to give your place an updated look. A mixture of the old furnishings and new ones can give your new home character.


  • Keep a storage room – keep centralised storage for all salvaged materials, tools, and other items to keep the clutter out of the way.
  • Keep the kids away – if you and your family are living on-site, keep the renovation site closed off from your kids. This is an important safety precaution.
  • Keep up to date with building codes.
  • Change air filters when the renovation is done.

Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the whole process! Renovations are hard work so try to enjoy each part of the process and don’t stress too much.

Renovating your home is an exciting concept but the actual work involved is a completely different story. It can be stressful and requires a lot of patience. Stick to your design and budget.

Avoid changing designs so you can get the work done on time and make sure you choose the right professionals to help you with the project.

If you are looking for experienced and trustworthy professionals to help you out with each and every step of your period home renovation, look no further than Period Extensions & Designs.

Whether you need help with the design or the actual renovation itself, please call us today at Period Extensions & Designs on (03) 9882 5255 or contact us through our contact form.


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