Building a Second Storey Extension
Outgrown your single-story? It may be time to build up.
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Why Build a Second Storey?
Besides adding a whole new floor of space, double-storey extensions will significantly boost the kerb appeal and value of your property, making it a great investment for the future. Adding a second storey to your house also offers the following advantages:
- Great views from the upper level, ideal for bedrooms or recreational space
- Leaves your garden or backyard untouched
- In some cases it can avoid foundation or excavation work
What to consider before building
1. Local Building Regulations
2. Your Foundation
3. Construction Time
4. Alternative Living Arrangements
How Much Does a Second Storey Extension Cost in Australia?
The cost of an upstairs extension depends on its size, style, design, access and the materials used, and the overall condition of your home. The average cost of a two storey extension in Melbourne ranges between $340,000 and $640,000.
Second Storey VS Knock-Down Rebuild
Opting for a knock-down rebuild lets you start fresh with a custom-designed house, but it may be more expensive and you'll lose the old property's character and history.
Conversely, adding a second storey preserves the unique charm of an older home, but structural limitations apply. Your choice depends on how much change you want and local building regulations, which could restrict demolition or additional levels.
Is It Worth Adding a Second Storey?
If you’re on the fence about adding a 2nd storey to your house, here are a few compelling reasons to do it:
- Significantly increases your floor space
- Avoids disrupting your garden or backyard area
- Adds dimension and grandeur to your house
- Increases natural insulation to your lower level
Build Out OR Build Up?
House owners often face a dilemma when considering an extension: build out (expand current floor space) or build up (add another floor)?
Each option has pros and cons, with ground floor extensions potentially incurring costly excavation, disposal, and foundation work.
For a cost comparison, schedule a free consultation with Better Building & Construction for an obligation-free assessment of your home extension options!
Do You Need Planning Permission for a Second Storey Extension?
This depends on the renovation design and local building regulations, but you can trust our experienced team to liaise with the local council to ensure compliance with the council and government building requirements.
How to Get Started on Your 2nd Storey Extension
At Better Building & Construction, we understand that adding a second storey to your house is a massive commitment not just financially but in time as well, therefore, we aim to keep the process as simple and hassle-free as possible.