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Melbourne’s Love Story with Terrace Homes.

Nov 17, 2023 | News

Melburnians have a special place in their hearts for the historic Victorian and Edwardian era terraced houses that grace its streets. They are a part of the fabric of the city just like the trams or MCG. These iconic homes are not just relics of the past but serve as a testament to Melbourne’s architectural heritage. Today, a growing trend sees these charming residences sympathetically renovated to cater to the needs of contemporary lifestyles and larger families.

Melbourne homeowners are wanting to transform these historic homes with care, preserving their essence while catering to modern needs. Opting for open-plan interiors, modern kitchens, and bathrooms provide spaciousness and convenience without compromising the homes’ architectural integrity. Our design team takes a holistic approach when trying to achieve this. 

With our goal being increasing environmental consciousness, we steer many terrace renovations to focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainability. Historically terrace homes are cold and leaky and we are ensuring that our renovations equip them with modern insulation, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and solar panels. These measures not only reduce the environmental footprint but also lower utility bills, making these homes more sustainable for the long term.

Terrace Renovations prioritize energy efficiency and sustainability with improved insulation, eco-friendly systems, and solar panels, making these homes environmentally responsible and cost-effective. We take pride in introducing opportunities for these sustainable factors in all our projects but especially in older buildings like terrace homes. 

Courtyards and gardens are transformed into serene outdoor spaces for relaxation, gardening, and dining, offering a slice of nature in the city. Melbourne terrace homes are often set back further than typical terrace homes allowing space for these retreats. 

Restoring ornate features like moldings, fireplaces, and ironwork maintains the unique charm of these homes while blending seamlessly with modern amenities. This is a passion of many homeowners and in many aspects necessary due to Victoria’s heritage rules. 

In conclusion, Melbourne’s love affair with its Victorian and Edwardian era terraced houses has evolved into a harmonious blend of history and modernity. We favor a sympathetic renovation approach at SHM. These iconic homes demonstrate Melbourne’s commitment to preserving its architectural heritage while catering to the needs of Melburnians wanting to live in the inner suburbs. At Sustainable Homes Melbourne we want to work with you on this journey, giving these beautiful homes a new life is truly a passion of ours. 

We want to see these houses continue to adapt and thrive. 

They remain a testament to Melbourne’s enduring appreciation for its past and its optimism for the future.

Check out our completed Terrace house projects here 

Glenlyon Terrace House

Smith St House

And here are a few pics from our current terrace house project in Fitzroy,

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