Everything Old is New Again, With a Custom Home Renovation & Extension in Hughesdale, Melbourne


Lifestyle By Design can take your existing character-filled home and transform it into a stunning showpiece, and this House Extension, in Melbourne’s Hughesdale, is a prime example.

Our ideas expanded soon after L​ifestyle By Design began, which resulted in us requesting renovations works in every single room.  What’s more, they finished ahead of schedule, and were good enough to work around our time frames from beginning to end. We couldn’t have been happier with their professional manner and service.”  Chris Visick, Hughesdale (2015)

As Licenced Building Practitioners, we quickly warmed to the project and worked with the owners, closely, to ensure their vision to expand and improve their lifestyle became a reality – and in as short a time frame as possible.  They sought a modern contemporary home extension to the backend of their Melbourne property, with a fabulous new deck, entertainment area and shiny new front porch.  They also wanted to restore the original house section in-keeping with its historical qualities.

We struck some problems initially as there was active termite activity, and we were able to quickly resolve the issue for them.  The resulting facelift, both inside and out, freshened and restored every room in the house, but the classical look and feel of their home was able to be retained.  The new section included a modern kitchen/meals/family room area with an open floor plan, stone benchtops, custom built contemporary arcs and skirting boards, pendant lights throughout, and a bi-fold servery window and stacker sliding exit doors to the entertainment spaces beyond.  A brilliant new bathroom (with heated towel rails, floor-to-ceiling tiles, and a frameless shower screen) was also transformed further with the latest in fixtures and fittings.

One of our great strengths, at Lifestyle By Design, is in viewing each Custom Home Renovation building project as a unique entity.  In this case, we were able to keep the heritage features, such as the high 3.3metre ceilings and the decorative cornices.  We rejuvenated the old timber flooring and matched it carefully in the new section, and had custom-made timbers and doors crafted in the same old-world style as those we needed to replace.  The picture rails, original air vents, ceiling roses and timber sash windows are all still there, with the addition of fabulous hydronic heating, energy efficient LED lighting, and new ceiling and wall insulation – and there’s still an incredibly spacious backyard space for this growing family.

The owners now have a delightfully functional home that feels brand new in every respect.  The front of the home has become a quiet bedroom region that can be closed off to noise (by doors to the new living areas and rear decking and pergola), and we enhanced the landscaping with a new brick-edged, black concrete driveway.  As we’re Registered Builders (and designers ourselves), we were also able to liaise with DH:DESIGN to make adjustments to accommodate the client’s budget.

“Lifestyle By Design showed us real references, invited us to visit previous homes they had completed and we actually got to talk to other very happy clients.  That’s a sign of a great business!  As a Project Manager, myself, I was so impressed with their exceptional communication processes, their ability to co-ordinate their trades (and ours), and their openness in regards to every dealing we had with them.  We found them to be honest, transparent and incredibly trustworthy.  The LBD team was brilliant in every respect.” 


From Your Design, to Your Build, to Your Hand-over Date, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service in every respect.  And quality is not only our vision – it’s our promise!