Heritage homes are a significant and well-loved part of our culture and history, especially in Melbourne with our vibrant and historic buildings. And for some of us who are lucky enough to own one, there’s nothing quite like making these heritage homes feel like our own. However, when it comes to restoring them, it can sometimes become quite an expensive and challenging process. Knowing where to start and what to do can feel overwhelming, and that’s why it’s important to engage a design and construct heritage builder who is as passionate about your home as you are, and with the expertise and experience to bring your heritage home to life for you and your family.
When it comes to timeline and budget, there are a number of factors to consider, including the size and condition of the home, the location, and the extent of the restoration work required. Restoring a heritage home can be a time consuming and costly process, but it is often necessary to preserve the unique charm and value of your heritage property.
At Secon Constructions, we understand both the challenges and rewards of restoring heritage homes, and we have the passion and know-how in managing heritage restoration projects and extensions. Here we’ve listed some of the factors that can impact the cost of restoring your heritage home:
Unsurprisingly, the physical size of your home has a significant impact on the cost of your restoration. Generally, more materials and labor are needed if the home is on the larger side. A larger home may also require more specialised tools throughout the restoration process, because there are more elements in need of attention.
The condition of the existing home, particularly the structural quality, is another critical factor impacting the cost of restoration. A home that is in decent structural condition requires less work and materials compared with one that has major works required – including restumping, and replacing the roof or foundations – which can significantly increase the cost of the build.
Another factor is site access. If the home is in a remote area or one that is difficult for workers to navigate, the cost of transporting materials and equipment to the site can be higher. Additionally, if larger vehicles are unable to access the site, the build may need to be completed manually by laborers, which can increase the final cost.
Depending on the complexity of the design or façade of your heritage home, different skill and experience levels will be required of the trades employed to carry out the work. At Secon, all of our trades work locally, and are experienced with the craft and conditions of the heritage homes we design and construct.
The key to a successful construction project will depend on hiring high-quality, experienced builders who understand and love heritage homes. It’s this type of builder you can trust to develop a detailed plan and budget to ensure that all restoration work is done efficiently and within budget to bring your beautiful heritage home back to life in the way you envisage it to be.
At Secon Constructions, we offer customised solutions that meet the unique needs of each heritage project, working closely with our clients to develop a comprehensive plan that addresses their restoration goals.
Based in the inner South and Bayside area, Secon operates throughout some of Melbourne’s most desirable suburbs such as Brighton, Hampton, Port Phillip, Middle Park and Port Melbourne, as well as the Stonnington suburbs of Malvern and Armadale.
Contact us for a consultation and start planning your next project with Peter and the team at Secon Constructions, Melbourne’s heritage design and construct experts.