Californian Bungalow Extensions Melbourne

Renovating your Californian bungalow requires a custom builder and design company with plenty of experience and a proven history of exceptional design plus construction. At VED we have that history and what’s more make the whole renovation process easy for you. One point of contact for the whole project from concept, design, architect drawings, trade co-ordination and onsite construction

  • Fixed Price Contract – No hidden charges or surprises
  • Guaranteed Start and Completion Date
  • All design and construction planning work in-house
  • Architect designed drawings
  • Extensions to meet your budget
  • Maximise site/land layout for best design
  • Heritage Home Overlays renovations
  • Specialist period home builders Melbourne

Californian Bungalow Renovation Ideas


We visit your home free of charge to see your home and to get an understanding of your renovation ideas. Often when renovating Californian Bungalows we design extensions behind the existing ridge, meaning the front facade is not impacted the extension. Of course we perform any heritage restoration needed on the facade for your Californian bungalow.

  • Build attic storage in the high-pitched gable roof.
  • Design open plan living in rear extension.
  • Double storey rear extension.
  • Floor to ceiling windows and glass doors in rear extension to alfresco.
  • Use Extension to add natural light to property (mid 20th century architecture often devoid of natural light).
  • Keep context and connection between new and old with use of same materials in both spaces.
  • Remodel existing lounge room to bedroom.
  • Lay same flooring in both new and old spaces to bring continuity.
  • Make new addition a contrast to restored bungalow with cladding and geometric design.
  • Retain and rework as much as possible in the existing bungalow to keep in budget.
  • Relocate any old garage seperate from the house to beside the house to add more space to yard.
  • Keep original features such as fireplaces, leadlights and polished timber floors.

Complete Design and Construct Service


Speak to our team today and book your free home appointment. We will give you an approximate cost for the whole project and design a freehand concept sketch to visualise the project. Our portfolio includes many beautiful Californian bungalows found in the surrounding suburbs if our East Hawthorn location; Camberwell californian bungalows are well known in Melbourne as is the prevalence across most inner east suburbs of this style of home.

Common renovation design requests for Californian bungalows :

  • Add ensuite to main downstairs bedroom
  • Convert existing bathroom to stairs for new double storey extension
  • Add new larger bedrooms in new upstairs addition to overlook backyard
  • Add main bathroom upstairs
  • New ground floor extension to include open floor plan living areas and kitchen
  • Floor to ceiling Bifold glass doors opening to backyard space
  • Outdoor deck with inbuilt features such as barbeque, pergola or extended home roof line, privacy screens.
  • Swimming pool and surrounding decking/paving with glass fence.

Californian Bungalow Second Storey Extension


If you are wanting a Californian bungalow second storey extension, we can design an extension that;

  • Mimics the existing form roof
  • T-shaped design second storey 
  • Design second storey addition to enhance front facade or minimize impact

It is really important to design an extension that adds value to your home, brings modern convenience to your everyday lifestyle and marries seamlessly to your period style home. At VED we deliver high quality renovations designed by an in-house Architect and backed by a family owned and operated building company with over 30 years of experience. Our craftsmanship is award winning and we are industry leaders in Melbourne for building architectural homes of distinction.

Californian Bungalow Rear Extension

 If you want an extension that does not impede on the front period facade of your California home then a rear extension is a great idea. This way you can maintain street appeal and add more space that your family needs. At our initial meeting with you we can give you an approximate cost and freehand concept sketch. 
 We find a popular design is to include the main living areas in the extension as open plan. For instance your living, dining and kitchen area designed open plan and leading onto you backyard space. A rear extension also means you can easily build a double storey on your extension and add any extra bedrooms or bathrooms you want without impacting the front facade design. But as we are a boutique builder, your design is always individual and custom.

Californian Bungalow Architecture and Renovations


 In the early 20th century Melbourne discovered a love for Californian Bungalows. Influenced in architecture by American design, these homes are now experiencing new life in period renovation and extensions. Often built in red brick or weatherboard Californian bungalows are most recognisable and loved for their gable roof, deep eaves and deep verandahs. 

These original charming features of the front facade design should only be enhanced by an extension or heritage restoration. Our team at VED understands this and loves to design contemporary elements that exist within the existing period style. California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family lifestyles.



With our office in East Hawthorn, our focus is on the surrounding suburbs.
For example – Hawthorn, Richmond, East Hawthorn, Camberwell, Glen Iris, Toorak, Armadale, Malvern, Deepdene, Balwyn, Kooyong,South Yarra ,Prahran,Brighton, Abbotsford, Burnley, Cremorne, Carnegie, Ivanhoe,Kew, Elsternwick and other inner East suburbs. 

Though we also complete projects including both residential and commercial across Melbourne.

383 Tooronga Rd
Hawthorn East VIC 3123, Australia
+61 3 9832 1900