Modern Federation Style Homes

Over time, Federation homes will need a revamp or repairs to keep them in good shape and modernised to suit today’s lifestyle. Restoring and renovating a Federation style house will not only add value to your home for you and your family to live in but also when you sell your home. When doing any kind of construction on Federation homes, it is important to work with Federation builders who will protect the authenticity of the architecture as well as navigate the process of building in compliance with heritage laws and regulations. Cameron Construction have been in the business for years, restoring and remodelling heritage houses so when you work with us, you know you can trust us on quality and professionalism.

Key Characteristics of Federation Houses

The defining features of Federation style houses in Melbourne are:

  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces
  • Red brick or deep brown exteriors
  • Woodwork and timber – architraves, skirting boards
  • Stained glass windows
  • Verandahs – filigree timber or iron work, square columns
  • Terracotta tiled roofs
  • Inspired by Australian flora and fauna – fretwork and stained glass showcasing kangaroos, emus and flora

Ways to Renovate a Federation style home

If you’re looking to reinvigorate or refresh your home, there are a number of ways you can do it depending on whether you need more space, storage, functionality. Renovation projects may can include:

  • First or second floor extension
  • Floor layout redesign
  • Additional inbuilt storage
  • Sound proofing
  • Skirtings, architraves
  • Home automation

Modern-style Federation homes

Federation homes have been a popular architectural style for their timeless beauty and their ability to seamlessly blend with contemporary, modern home features. This is why it is one of the period style homes that are easier to modernise and adapt to today’s lifestyle. However, aesthetics and functionality aside, any kind of redesign of Federation homes has to be within the constraints of the heritage laws. This is what we specialise in at Cameron Construction, we will gladly find the best solution to accommodate your needs that will be in line with the heritage requirements.

Federation House Restorations

Do you want to preserve the Federation style of your home and just need to restore some worn down features? At Cameron Construction, we understand the importance of staying true to the heritage style design so we commit to sourcing original materials, if not, high quality replicas to keep the beautiful aesthetic of the Federation style. We can restore features such as:

  • Verandahs
  • Facades
  • Fireplaces
  • Brick and mortar
  • Windows
  • Woodwork, fretwork
  • Mantels

Get in touch with experienced Federation home builders in Melbourne

Thinking about transforming your place into a modern Federation style home? Contact the professional builders at Cameron Construction today for a free consultation on your upcoming project. With years of experience in renovating and restoring heritage projects, we have delivered the best results for our clients, adapting Federation to modern lifestyles while preserving the heart of the design. We also specialise in townhouse building and weatherboard house renovations.



What are Federation-style houses?

Federation architecture houses refer to the style of homes that was present from 1890 to 1915. The name was derived from the Federation of Australia which occurred in 1901. The Federation style was inspired by a combination of influences from Queen Anne and the Edwardian style. Some key features of the Federation style house are outdoor verandahs, intricate woodwork, chimneys, fireplaces and red brick exteriors to name a few.

How long will it take to renovate or restore a Federation-style home?

The duration of a renovation or restoration project for a Federation home depends on what you would like to change or add to your home. You have to take into consideration the scale of the project, the complexity of the design, demolition if it is required as well as the formal process of applying for permissions. Speak to the team at Cameron Construction to determine the specifics of your project and how long it may take to complete.

How can I find out if my Federation home has a heritage overlay?

Most Federation homes are protected by heritage overlays since they are over 100 years old. This requires you to check with the council and apply for a permit if it is heritage listed, when remodelling the property. Cameron Construction have years of experience in heritage renovations and we have dealt with the council in such matters to ensure the redesign and rebuild of your Federation home complies with heritage laws.

What are the building stages in a Federation home extension?

The stages of undertaking a Federation home extension include initial concepts, design, permissions, contracts, construction, handover and check up. First, we will work with you to take note of all your desired features, then our designers will draw up a concept plan. In the next stage, we confirm material selections and and write up the contract details. After that, our team will get the Building Permit and undertake the building process to renovate or restore your Federation house. We will then hand over the project to you and have a 3 month check up on the project to ensure everything is up to standard. As well as offer our 10 year structural guarantee as we do on all our builds and designs.

Can I still live in my home during renovations?

Whether or not you can stay in your home while renovations take place depends on where in the home the renovation is occurring, how long it will take and if you have access to the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. While we try to accommodate your family’s needs, noise among other factors may be something you may want to consider before undertaking the project. We are happy to discuss this with you to find the most efficient solution before commencing the renovation.

How much does it cost to renovate a Federation home?

The cost of renovating a Federation home will depend on different factors such as the size of the project, how difficult it is to source certain materials, additional features that you may want to add and the complexity of the design. For an accurate estimate, book a free consultation with Cameron Construction and we can discuss the specifics of your project with you.

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