Black Rock

Location: Black Rock, Melbourne
Type: Residential
Task: Renovate and extend the 1930’s red clinker brick house


The brief for this project was to extend the existing house to accommodate a growing family of five. The project involved a new 12m by 6m extension to the rear of the house and renovating the original 1930’s part of the house to match the new extension. The new home has timber oak floors, timber framed walls, a raking ceiling to accommodate all the natural light to the north, semi-commercial windows, and a new Polytec kitchen. Previously the old house was too small for a large family, with three bedrooms and one bathroom. The brief for the project was to increase the size of the house by adding a bedroom, ensuite and laundry, thus making the old section the retreat/wet areas of the house. The new rear extension of the home has become the entertaining area which includes a new kitchen with a vast amount of storage, a 3m island bench, a butlers pantry with cupboard space for appliances and pantry items, a large lounge/dining area and a rumpus room which can be closed and used as a second retreat or a kids gaming room.  The new section of the house provided the owners with a new large open-plan entertainment area combined with the kitchen to entertain guests. The new layout provides many entertaining options, from dinner parties to having friends over to watch the grand final or inviting all friends and family for Christmas. In addition, the old section of the house now provides four bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry and a lounge at the front, providing separate living quarters for friends/family to retreat to away from the large entertaining area at the back of the house. 

Difficulties Faced: 

The unique challenges of this renovation/extension were to ensure that the old section of the house was updated to match the new wing as best as possible. As the original area of the house was built in the 1930’s we encountered a few issues. For example, the original floor had to be re-levelled due to settlement over time, old walls were not plumb and level, the roof had multiple leaks, the electrical wiring was not up to Australian standards and needed to be replaced. Notably, we have continually dealt with poor weather and lost two weeks due to rain days.  The weather continued to play havoc through November and December, with a tremendous amount of rain falling and delaying the project by another two weeks.    The Christmas period also caused a few minor delays due to everyone trying to finish their houses before Christmas. This affected joinery and glass due to the high demand for these materials.  Unknown asbestos was found within the old wall sheeting that needed to be removed to WorkSafe practices that delayed the project by a further three weeks. This was due to the significant demand for asbestos removalists during construction and the required lead time for WorkSafe paperwork to be lodged. 


We overcame the issues with the old house by talking to the clients and determining that these items needed to be fixed to ensure the renovated house did not have issues in the future.  Regarding the weather, we have had to work smarter by providing more labour on good days to push the project along to ensure minimal delay to the client.  Delays due to Christmas time constraints meant our contractors needed to source materials from other suppliers to ensure the materials were delivered and installed. Fortunately, no significant delays were caused. 

Products Used: 

  • Metal Colourbond roof 
  • James Hardie axon external wall cladding 
  • Semi-commercial windows and sliding doors 
  • Polytec kitchen 
  • Dunlop Heartridge, engineered timber flooring, natural finish woodland oak 
  • Dulux lexicon half strength is used for all walls, with Dunlop natural white used for all ceilings, doors and timber trims 
  • Stone by YDLstone, Feature stone special edition Blanco Divino used the kitchen island bench with Classic white to all bathroom, kitchen and butler benchtops. 
  • Smoked splashback mirror used for kitchen splashback with white kitkat tiles used for butlers and laundry splashbacks 
  • Heated towel rails and backlit led mirrors are used in the bathroom and ensuite 
  • Villeroy & Boch fixtures and fittings used throughout Neff appliances used with two ovens, induction cooktop, integrated dishwasher and rangehood 


The project was completed to the delight and satisfaction of the client. They have mentioned the additional room has provided the outcome they were looking for, with four bedrooms providing all family members with their own bedrooms, an additional bathroom to offer a ‘que free’ shower in the mornings, large laundry to provide extra space for all laundry items and a vast entertaining area that allows seamless integration of kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Due to the two difficulties mentioned above, unknown asbestos being found within the old house and higher than average rainfall, there was a delay to the project of 6 weeks. Fortunately, this was built into the contingency time allowance, and the owners moved in before Christmas as planned. 
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