Inter War House
Each home is different – what works well in somebody’s Post-war house may be inappropriate in your Victorian home. Understand your home – what are the specific qualities that make up its style or character? Make sure any alterations work with these features, rather than replacing them.

Alteration Principles

Here are some general principles to keep in mind:

> do as little as possible but as much as is necessary

> ensure that you maintain key heritage features, and as much of the original fabric as is possible in its original location

> where you must make a replacement, replace like with like – if your house has wooden window frames, don’t replace with aluminium

> allow the heritage significance of your home to continue to be expressed in its physical form and materials

Please seek further advice from an architect or builder before altering your home.


Health & Safety

Asbestos was widely used as a building material from 1919 until the early 1980s and exposure can cause permanent damage to your health. Do not allow anyone to start work on your renovation until you have established whether there is any present in the existing building.

For information about asbestos, speak to your local council, architect or Registered Building Practitioner.

Lead paints were also commonly used up to the 1980s, and can be toxic and harmful. There are many products and techniques to prepare finishes; ask your hardware supplier about the safest methods for your home.

Always use a Registered Building Practitioner if your renovation project is valued at $5000 or more. Planning laws apply throughout Victoria and you may have to apply for a permit – for more information, contact your local council.

Paint Schemes

We suggest that you refer to the appropriate code numbers when buying paints for your heritage paint scheme.

Name AS 2700 Housing Styles
Biscuit X42 EV, LV, ED
Black N61 MD
Brown X54 EV, LV
Buff X41 ED, BG
Canary Yellow Y11 PW
Cream Y34 BG, MD
Dark Brown X65 QA, BG, IW
Dark Earth X62 EV
Dark Green G61 BG
Deep Indian Red R64 EV, MV, LV, BG, IW
Fern Green G24 IW, MD
Golden Tan X53 PW
Manilla Y45 FD
Off White Y35 IW, PW
Pale Blue B35 PW
Pale Ochre X21 IW, MD
Parchment X43 PW
Red Oxide R63 FD, ED
Rose Pink R25 IW, PW
Royal Blue B12 PW
Salmon Pink R42 MV, LV, MD
Signal Red R13 PW, MD
Terracotta R52 EV, IW
Venetian Red R62 MV, ED
White N14 BG, IW, MD
Name BS 3881 or 2660 Housing Styles
Brilliant Green 381:221 FD
Deep Brunswick Green 381:227 EV, MV, LV
Fawn 2660:3035 MV
Light Buff 381:358 MV
Light Cream 2660:3033 EV, LV FD, MD
Light Stone 381:361 EV, MV, LV, BG
Light Straw 381:384 LV, FD, ED
Mid Brunswick Green 381:226 ED
Olive Green 381:220 FD
Pale Cream 381:352 FD, ED
Pale Green 2660:6070 FD, ED, BG
Pink Beige 2660:3034 MV

EV – Early Victorian MV – Mid Victorian LV – Late Victorian FD – Federation ED – Edwardian
BG – Bungalow IW – Inter-war PW – Post-war MD – Modern


Further Information:

For direction and ideas about building and renovating, please visit the following websites:




If your home is registered by the Heritage Council and you are considering renovation, see our Information Leaflet:
Works and Alterations to Registered Heritage Places and Objects.

For anyone with an older home, see our Technical Information series, for practical information about restoration and conservation of older houses link.

Please go to the Links and Resources tab at the bottom of this page for a more complete list of resources.