Our House Extension Process

Choose Extensions Unlimited for Your Melbourne Home Extension Project

Choose Extensions Unlimited for Your Melbourne Home Extension Project

We don’t just build extensions; we design additions that seamlessly integrate with your existing house, creating a space that feels designed for your life. We take the stress out of the entire process, managing everything from initial design consultations to final construction. Our team comprises highly skilled architects, building designers, experienced builders, and project managers, all dedicated to exceeding your expectations. We believe in clear communication and fixed-price contracts, ensuring you stay informed and in control of your budget. Since 1994, we’ve helped countless Melbourne families unlock the potential of their properties.

Extension Design Service

Extension Design Service

Following the initial consultation, if you choose to proceed, we’ll move into the design development stage. The initial meeting with your professional home extension designer is at no charge. This collaborative process involves working closely with our building designer to refine your vision and translate it into detailed plans with a functional and aesthetically pleasing design. We believe in open communication and encourage your active participation throughout this stage. Our building designer will present you with creative concepts that maximise the features of your existing home and optimise space utilisation. They might suggest tweaks to improve flow, enhance liveability, or introduce additional features you may not have initially considered. However, your vision always remains the priority, and we’ll ensure the final design reflects your style and preferences.

Detailed Working Drawings

Detailed Working Drawings

Once the design is finalised, our team of in-house registered building practitioners will draft comprehensive working drawings. These detailed plans provide our experienced builder with a clear roadmap for the construction phase, ensuring your house extension project is built precisely to your specifications. By having a team of trusted specialists readily available, we eliminate the need for you to source and manage external draftspeople, saving you time and simplifying the process.

LOCAL COUNCIL PLANNING APPROVAL AND ENGINEERING

LOCAL COUNCIL PLANNING APPROVAL AND ENGINEERING

Navigating building regulations and securing permits can be a complex and time-consuming process. At Extensions Unlimited, we take the burden off your shoulders. Our experienced team will handle all permit applications and negotiations with your local council on your behalf. This includes obtaining a building permit, securing any necessary reports like soil and bushfire assessments, and ensuring your proposed project complies with all relevant regulations. All associated fees are included in the fixed price of your extension, so you can rest assured there are no hidden fees in the final cost.

Assurances

Assurances

At Extensions Unlimited, we prioritise best building practices and client protection. When you choose us for your house extension projects, you benefit from the following assurances. We utilise industry-standard HIC6 contracts, guaranteeing a fixed project cost, a clear start and completion date, and clear outlined terms for both parties. Your proposed project will be fully covered by all necessary insurance policies, providing peace of mind throughout your home extensions process. Upon project completion, you’ll receive a warranty insurance certificate, offering additional protection for your investment.

Contracts

Contracts

Our unique three-stage contract approach ensures transparency and minimises risk for you. Stage 1 Design & Development: This initial stage focuses on refining your design, finalizing specifications, and providing a detailed cost estimate. Once you’re happy with the design and pricing, you’ll be invited to proceed to Stage 2. Preliminary Works Agreement: This stage involves securing all the necessary reports and approvals required by law before finalising the contract. This may include soil tests, engineering assessments, energy reports, and local council planning feedback. Extensions Unlimited will manage the entire process, ensuring all reports are obtained efficiently and meet council requirements. Stage 3 Final Contract: Following the completion of Stage 2, you’ll receive the final contract outlining the agreed-upon design, specifications, fixed price, and timeline for your house extension project. Once you’re fully satisfied and ready to proceed, signing the final contract signifies the official commencement of your extension project.

Construction & Project Completion

Construction & Project Completion

The construction phase is where your vision becomes a reality. Our team of experienced builders will bring your house extension project to life. We take pride in using high-quality materials and employing exceptional building practices to ensure a flawless and high-quality extension. Throughout the construction process, we prioritise clear communication and keep you informed of progress with regular updates. You’ll have a dedicated project manager as your point of contact, readily available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

We ensure all our tradespeople are fully trained and have completed an occupational health and safety course. All our constructions are regularly inspected by independent surveyors who issue reports during the progress of the works, as well as a final certificate upon completion.

All our electricians and plumbers are fully certified and licensed to ensure the highest calibre work. Our company project managers are qualified professionals who are always available for you if you have questions. Any required scaffolding will be erected by qualified riggers to ensure safety for you and your family. Company tarpaulins are also used to protect your home and the new addition.

Once your house extension is complete, it’s time to experience the joy of your new living space. We’ll conduct a final walkthrough with you to ensure everything is completed to your satisfaction and address any minor adjustments. Once you’re happy, we’ll officially hand over the keys to your dream extension.

Ground Floor Extensions Process

Ground Floor Extensions

 
Second Storey House Extensions Process
Second Storey Extensions  
Multi-Generational Extensions Process
Multi-Generational  
Home Renovations Process
Home Renovations  

Ready to Breathe New Life into Your Melbourne Home?

We understand the transformative power of ground floor or second storey house extensions. A well designed extension can unlock the potential of your existing property, creating a closed or open plan layout that perfectly reflects your lifestyle. Whether you desire a sun-drenched living area, a dedicated home office, or simply more room for your growing family, our house extension process in Melbourne is here to guide you from dream to reality.

Our commitment extends beyond the construction phase. We’re here to support you throughout your process and ensure you get the most out of your new extension. Explore our previous work with our extension before and after gallery, or view our case studies. Our team is also happy to answer any questions or offer guidance you may need after your extension is complete. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation design consultation.

We could tell you all about our proven track record, but don’t just take our word for it. View our testimonies from clients of previous extension projects.

Excellent
Based on 44 reviews
Ksana Playfair
Ksana Playfair
18/12/2023
We highly recommend Extensions Unlimited if you are looking to complete an extension to your home! My first phone call to enquire, I spoke to Sandy Pavey who explained the entire process and immediately put me at ease. Ted Bolte, our designer, listened and understood our vision and worked closely with us as we arrived at a design for our extension/renovation that we were excited about. Penni Winter, the pre-construction manager, has unending patience dealing with council and was always reassuring. She seamlessly manages everything leading up to the start of construction. Brett Harvey, our builder and project manager, was a delight to work with. He is responsive, calm and always happy to discuss questions and explain everything. We found all the trades that came into our home were fantastic - the quality of work is great and everyone was friendly and always happy to have a chat and answer questions. From start to finish, we always felt that our home was in good hands and everyone involved was invested in giving us a home our family will enjoy for years to come. Thank-you Extensions!
Stephanie Jordan
Stephanie Jordan
19/11/2023
Extensions Unlimited were simply amazing! From the very first point of contact to the handover at the end, it was just seamless, much like a well-oiled machine. Barry West, the designer, listened to what we wanted and came up with a design we were so happy with. He has a real eye for detail and made our second storey extension blend seamlessly with our existing period home. Brett, our Project Manager was great too and kept us informed via sending us schedules every few weeks. He was always available to take our call if needed and very helpful. We lived in our house while the second storey went on; we were a bit worried how we would cope, living in a construction site, but it honestly was so easy. We would recommend Extensions Unlimited to anyone looking for a builder. We are over the moon with our result!
Dave Burt
Dave Burt
16/09/2023
Very happy with our new extension and the experience we received through Extensions Unlimited. Its certainly turned our home into a very functional space for our growing family! From the design, to dealing with council, prebuild and building we found the process fairly streamlined. We appreciated the communication and organization we received from our project manager- things happened when he said they would (Thanks Nick!). We had a three year old who was heavily involved in the building process and we especially loved how the crew would engage his love for all things construction (Thanks Richie, Trav and PJ). We found all the contractors to be professional and the team really responsive to anything that we weren't quite sure about. Would certainly recommend Extensions Unlimited for anyone considering an addition to their home.
Fapiola Tapusoa
Fapiola Tapusoa
17/08/2023
We had the most amazing experience with Extensions Unlimited. They listened, they communicated and they delivered. I can't praise them highly enough for their prompt response, transparency and their professionalism. Living in the house through an upstairs extensions and renovations with three teenage girls and a dog was not so bad after all. Our Designer, Barry, was so dedicated and patient, went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. Emilio our Project Manager is calm, trustworthy and very understanding, made this journey most enjoyable and stress free. Shane and Lachie for their excellent craftsmanship. Always keep things tidy and clean. Penny in the office, always ready to assist. To sum them up - “They Care”
Vincent Zhou
Vincent Zhou
04/08/2023
It has been a great pleasure to work with Extension Unlimited (EU) team in the last 2 years on our home extension (up) project. EU has such a capable and supporting team that made our extension journey a smooth process. Special thanks to Emilio for his effective project management and meticulous execution; Shane and Lachie for their workmanship; Penni for her patience in obtaining all the permits; PJ for his final touch. All tradies involved in the construction have done a fantastic job. We would highly recommend EU team for your extension/renovation project.
Igor M
Igor M
14/07/2023
It was a pleasure dealing with the EU Team, who delivered the project on time and on budget. From our first meeting with Ted who helped us to design our second floor extension, to Penni and the office staff who were always there to assist us. Our Project Manager Nick and his team were professional and wonderful to deal with. Nick was very proactive in keeping us up to date and ensuring everything is on track. I would highly recommend engaging the EU Team for any of your renovations needs.
Ainsley Fernandez
Ainsley Fernandez
03/05/2023
Thank you Extensions Unlimited for doing a wonderful job on my extension. New 4th bedroom, kitchen, laundry, extra bathroom and toilet and a walk in pantry to boot. A very, very big thank you to Emilio, my project manager, so pleased to have you as my manager, always there to make things happen. I was always happy to see you and will miss you coming round to check on progress. Thanks also to Barry for designing the fantastic extension and Penni for keeping me informed of progress with the permits etc. Lastly thank you PJ for clearing the site of all the extra building material. Job well done. Highly recommended company for renovations.
Zena Cadman
Zena Cadman
27/04/2023
We extended our home (up) with Extensions Unlimited and we could not recommend them enough! The process from start to end delivered what we wanted and more. On time and on budget. The ladies in the office were very professional, friendly and always answered any questions we had about the process. Ted was our designer and he was just terrific with us and really listened to our suggestions. The final result was better than we hoped. We could not have asked for a better project manager in Nick. Nick is amazing at what he does, is very professional and always took the time to listen and explain anything we didn't understand. We lived in our home through our extension and Nick always considered our needs through the build. Ritchie and Travis were our carpenters and they are just awesome at what they do. All of the trades involved in the build were highly professional and all did a great job. We want to thank everyone at Extensions Unlimited including the owners for helping us build our dream spaces upstairs. We absolutely love our home!
Greg and Emma McDonald
Greg and Emma McDonald
26/04/2023
We engaged Extensions Unlimited for a second story renovation of a free standing house on a strata title. Our appointed designer Barry was fantastic and really made our vision of what we were trying to achieve come to life. He listened to all our needs and kept the charm of our California bungalow as requested, as well as designing a functional internal space, giving us the second living zone we wanted as our kids approached the teenage years. Penni in permits was great and guided us seamlessly through this portion getting us to building stage. Our appointed project manager Emilio was super. He was a pleasure to deal with and helped us navigate living through the build. The appointed trades were fantastic and did a fabulous job. The company directors were great at checking in and letting us know they were available if needed.
Marnie Horne-Spalling
Marnie Horne-Spalling
12/04/2023
Wow! Our extension looks amazing!! The professionalism from Extensions Unlimited was outstanding through the entire project!! Even through the height of covid, our design consultations were still accommodated through zoom meetings. Thank you, Ted, for a lovely design, he listened to everything we asked for and nothing was ever considered outrageous or too hard. We were converting our outdoor patio into an indoor living space, the patio was filled with natural light, this would be our main source of light through to the kitchen, we were concerned that the natural light would disappear with the extension, so we asked if this could be replicated within the new space, this wasn’t an issue, Ted added two large beautiful velux roof windows to accommodate this, what an amazing feature, the house is beautifully lit with natural light, its so beautiful seeing the blue sky and the stars at night!! The pre-construction phase is always a daunting time for any build, engineers, soil tests, you name it, all part of the process. Penny and team put us at ease, they were always quick to answer any concerns we had, and explained in detail, any questions about the contract. Our construction team was sensational, Nick, our project manager, would communicate everything to us through text message, would text us both, which we highly recommend, Trade schedules and times were always clearly communicated, all the trades were always on time’ all extremely hard working and professional. Even with small delays of materials, like our roof trusses, Nick would always let us know. Our builders Ritchie and Travis were great! Very friendly, we were in each other’s lives for 8 months, even on the hard mornings getting the kids to school and work, they always understood and kept a friendly attitude. Thank you, Shane, our plasterer, for making our roof and extension look seamless, the workmanship is beautiful. If you want a professional and a stress-free extension, then look no further than Extensions Unlimited! Mark & Marnie. Endeavour Hills

Testimonials

We would like to express our gratitude to you & your team for your recently completed Project of a second storey addition to our existing weatherboard home. From our first meeting with the Designer, we were confident in his enthusiasm for the business & his passion to design an extension...

Steve & Sophie – Ringwood Nth

It was a great experience and was handled with great care. It could have been a stressful time with a toddler, newborn, two dogs & a home extension. But it was really good & we really love our new space and home.

Ryan & Lisa – Viewbank

We purchased in an area we loved & that was a major factor in making the decision to extend...we loved the idea of being able to create something that suited our needs.

Alex & Sam – Knoxfield

Right from the first phone call we found the whole team at Extensions Unlimited to be very attentive and professional. The Design Consultant listened to our requests, and came up with a design that suited our needs and existing construction. Once the work commenced, we had fairly tight deadlines due...

Brenda – Glen Waverley

Our initial contact with the company was great. The Design Consultant met us for our first appointment and listened to our ideas and came up with a design which was exactly what we were looking for. The process was very easy and construction started after only a few months of...

Michael & Natalie – Nunawading

Very happy with our upstairs extension. The company stood out from the very beginning in terms of customer service as well as promptness and clarity of communication.Our project was finished on time and within budget. Have to especially acknowledge our Project Manager and our Designer. Our Designer was very patient...

Harish – Essendon

We opted for Extensions Unlimited purely based on our experience with our Designer. We were impressed by his professionalism & conscientiousness in finding the best design for our needs. Moreover, we felt he was someone we could trust. In fact, all Extensions Unlimited staff members were professional & friendly, so...

Stephen & Kim – Glen Waverley

Excellent Project Management! Communication was always clear, precise, timely & trustworthy. The whole extension / renovation process was well handled and we enjoyed the journey.

Huei & Chin-Wei – Mount Waverley

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