Kew Second Storey Extension

A custom home extension project with style and sophistication

Brick veneered in the 1980s, this traditional weatherboard period home in Kew was completely transformed by Spacemaker Home Extensions with the addition of a custom new second storey extension, along with substantial ground floor alterations both inside and out.

Clever design choices with functional and decorative lighting and the careful selection of finishes and quality appliances helped to achieve a cohesive, timeless result. This home is now something truly unique and special to the homeowners.

  • SUBURB Kew
  • CITY Melbourne, Victoria
  • BUILD TYPE Second Storey Extension & Ground Floor Alterations 
  • BUILD TIME Approx 10 months
  • NEW SIZE OF HOME 314 sqm
  • AWARD ENTRANT 2019 HIA Renovation/Addition Project $400,001 to $600,000
  • AWARD ENTRANT 2019 Master Builders Best Renovation/Addition $500,000 – $750,000
Spacemaker Kew High Street South project bathroom


When they contacted Spacemaker Home Extensions, the owners were looking for a builder that could create a more family-friendly home and bring it into the 21st century. They also wanted to retain the home’s original charm and the history of its heritage roots, whilst preserving and restoring period details.

They needed more spacious living and meals areas with the addition of an indoor/outdoor zone designed for poolside entertaining. Other top priorities included a new kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a new family bathroom with a separate toilet, a new laundry, a new master suite with a walk-in robe and an ensuite.


Due to the location and the age of the primary residence, the property was impacted by a heritage overlay. The heritage overlay and resulting council restrictions meant that the extension needed to be designed to respect the local area and abide by council building requirements. Spacemaker’s solution for the homeowners was a contemporary design with a sophisticated style that created a stark contrast between the old and new sections of the home.

The focus was on retaining the original history of the home whilst creating light, space and flow between the indoor and outdoor areas. This utilised the available space efficiently and preserved the valuable square meterage in the backyard.

The result: A wonderful family home in Kew, now unrecognisable from its original condition

Every care was taken to complement the existing period details of the home when designing and constructing this second-storey custom home extension. The use of quality fixtures and finishes were consistent throughout the home, including a stunning blackbutt staircase that features vertical slats. This created a focal point within the light-filled open plan kitchen and living area. Seamless connection between the old and new sections of the house was achieved by continuing the blackbutt theme with floorboards throughout the original and new ground-level spaces.

Spacemaker’s design placed the master suite on a second storey upstairs to conserve as much of the backyard as possible. A balcony overlooking the existing pool was added, providing views out across the parkland beyond. The new second floor comprises the master bedroom with an ensuite and a walk-in robe. 

A new bathroom and a separate powder room were built on the ground level, plus a large separate pantry and laundry. The open plan kitchen, dining and family zone was designed with huge windows to maximise the view and flow out onto the new outdoor decking area and outdoor living spaces. 

The streamlined kitchen includes cabinetry built under the staircase to house the fridge. The modern laundry and pantry are easily accessed from the kitchen, providing plenty of workspaces that can then be hidden behind closed doors. 

Energy-efficient design choices feature throughout this home extension in Kew

Clever placement of windows in the new design, in conjunction with the R4.0 rating, resulted in a home that is comfortable year-round with minimal mechanical heating and cooling intervention required.

Certified Australian Sustainable hardwood timber with environmentally sustainable “Good Wood” was sourced from regrowth forests for the windows used in the project, along with energy-saving double glazing.


Custom home extensions within budget

Spacemaker Home Extensions are experts in designing and constructing second-storey home extensions in Melbourne.

With this second-storey house extension in Kew, the proud homeowners achieved everything they wanted within their allocated budget. This meant they could continue living in an area they love, whilst enjoying a spacious, bright and contemporary family abode in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

If you love the suburb you live in and need to transform your home to better suit your family’s lifestyle, speak with the home extension experts. Our friendly design consultants are available to visit you in your home, at a time that works for you and your family. Contact 03 8873 7800 to secure your consultation.

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