Why Build Up Instead of Out
When it comes to home additions, there are a host of benefits that come with customising your own design. The benefits are compounded when it comes to second storey additions.
Two storey homes add plenty of living space to your property, as well as offering an enviable street frontage. Even better, you’ll also get to keep your backyard. Our Nexus team have come up with a few reasons why building up may be the way to go.
Ground Floor Additions
If you own a sizeable block of land, no doubt you’ll probably want to enjoy some outdoor space. In general, ground floor additions can often be easier to complete. There is less upheaval within the household when compared to adding a second-storey addition. This means it’s easier for everybody to carry on with their day-to-day schedule.
However, be mindful that when you build outward instead of upward, you may need to say goodbye to at least some of your outside area, which could include a pool or outdoor entertaining area. If retaining your outdoor play area is a priority for you, then building up is definitely the better option.
By choosing a two-storey home addition, you’ll be able to retain your outdoor space while increasing the value of your property at the same time.
Second Storey Additions
Adding a second storey can often be easier than extending out into the backyard. For a start, there is already a pre-existing foundation in place, meaning you won’t need to have any extra foundations laid for an external addition.
At Nexus we can check to see if your foundations are strong enough to support the additional weight of a second storey. If you have a fantastic view to take advantage of, then a second storey addition will not only be improving the quality of life for you and your family, but increasing the property value of your home. Not to mention all that natural light bouncing around thanks to the addition of upstairs windows.
Second storey extensions can often be less expensive than ground floor extensions. Council approvals, engineering requirements and associated construction and labour costs are all usually cheaper. The price of adding more foundations and putting down a concrete slab alone can often be more expensive than a second-storey construction.
If your block is on the small size, there may be limitations on how far out you can extend. This limitation can often cause restrictions to your living area. However, by building up with a second storey addition, you are only limited by the size of your existing property. You can actually double your living area– and that’s a lot of space.
For more information regarding second storey additions in Perth, contact Nexus today on 9414 1789.