Are you looking for more space in your home? Here are the questions Brisbane architects are most often asked by homeowners wanting to stay in the inner suburbs:
• Should we build a second storey?
• What is the cost of house renovations in Brisbane?
• Is it best to extend, buy new, or build new on the existing site?
First, let’s consider the pros and cons if you decided to build a second storey onto your existing home. There are many reasons to build a second storey.
After all, you may live in a fantastic area and have a beautiful backyard that you don’t want to lose.
Maybe your parents need to move in at ground level as they grow older.
Perhaps your family has outgrown the existing home’s footprint.
Does building a second storey offer convenience? Better views? Better breezes? More space?
You may find that increasing the height of your home may be the answer. For example, if you’re wanting to create a light-filled space with room for your family to grow.
Have you considered all possible design ideas? It’s exciting when you realise you could build a parents’ retreat upstairs and allow the kids freedom to run amuck below.
Building a second storey could be the perfect solution. You’re hidden away from the downstairs living areas in forty square metres of peace and quiet. Do you hear the sound of your glass ceiling shattering?
Can You Build A Second Storey on a Budget?
While it may sound ideal, adding a second level may not be the answer if you’re building on a tight budget. It’s a big decision. In reality, the terms building and budget aren’t exactly good bedfellows. Ask yourself, can you afford your home to stay ‘as is’ with a growing family?
Then there’s your lifestyle to consider. Trying to go it alone is time-consuming, tiring, and often ends with a call for help. In the last 25 years, Brisbane architect Jan Hogarth has seen everything! This is why we are here to explain the design process.
It’s important that the homeowners are fully apprised of what’s at stake. You will appreciate being given a vision of what’s possible. We like knowing the available options before making a decision.
“There’s a tremendous sense of relief when the homeowners have made the decision to extend, renovate, build new, or build a second storey,” says Jan.
Collaboration Process with Brisbane Architects
When adding another storey to your home, the lower level will have to undergo a total makeover. Given that, house renovations can be costly. Structural safety is the key concern of any architect or builder creating a second storey. It can be an expensive process to ensure structural safety.
The renovation design could include anything from rebuilding the structural wall; framing and adding essential support posts; to redirecting the plumbing and electrical wiring throughout your home. Also, a stairwell will be needed to connect the levels.
New flooring can be a major cost as a result of new adjoining walls. It can come as a shock! After consulting an architect, you may find your initial renovation area estimate of 40 sqm has doubled to over 90 sqm.
Then, if you decide to go ahead with construction, understand that building a second storey is time-consuming. Builders need to apply extra care and attention, and your overall costs could be 15% higher than a single-story renovation.
Despite the extra cost, building a second storey can be an extremely justifiable expense. This is where consulting an architect about your house renovations is crucial to saving you time and money. As experts in house renovations, PlaceMate Brisbane architects help you find the perfect renovation solution for your site.
Cost-Effective Interior Spaces
We consider the condition of your existing home, as well as the property site and location. Then, we help you decide if adding another level is a worthwhile investment. Some compelling reasons include:
• The family home will have incredible city views. if so, you will add lasting value.
• You have a small property and need more living spaces but can’t lose any more yard.
• Building a second storey could bring in more light to the ground floor and open up the street level.
• If your lower level needs to be renovated anyway, then the extra 15% is offset by the improvement to the ground floor and, therefore, adds value to your property.
• The ground conditions are not ideal, such as, if you’re located in a flood zone – then the only way is up!
Interior Design Services
Designing your home renovation is a responsibility PlaceMate Brisbane Architects take on with the utmost care and attention to detail. Principal architect Jan Hogarth can help you decide if building a second storey is the solution for you. Jan can act as project manager on your behalf and recommend the surveyors, builders, engineers, certifiers and interior design services that are right for you.