Adding a second storey home extension to your existing property can be a good way of creating more space, or changing the layout. Second storeys work especially well on smaller sections where you don’t want to sacrifice outdoor space. Adding a second floor can also let you take advantage of the view from higher up. But there is a lot of work involved in adding an upstairs.
Here are five key areas to consider if you are planning a second storey home extension
Cost: You might not realise but building upwards can actually be more costly than building outwards. Extra costs come from areas such as having to remove and replace the roof, moving services such as water. There may also be additional building costs such as scaffolding.
Regulations: If you are planning to increase the height of your property, you will need to check council regulations. There may be height limits in your local area or you may need further consent for a second storey. You may also need to consider privacy issues and ensure you are not encroaching on your neighbours.
Impact on current building: Building a second storey can have quite an impact on your existing building. Firstly you will need to ensure your building is structurally sound. You might need to make changes so it is capable of supporting a second floor. You will also need to consider how the layout will change. For example, you will need to find space for a staircase in your existing ground floor layout. You will also need to think about whether you are going to match the style of your extension to the current building or contrast it.
Future proofing: When thinking about a second storey you should consider how you or others will use the building in the future. If you are planning to sell, a two-storey house may reduce interested buyers as it won’t suit everyone. For example older people who may struggle with stairs. If you are planning to live in the house for many years consider how you will manage as you get older. Consider future proofing measures – have one bedroom on the ground floor or add a downstairs bathroom.
Where will you be during renovations: Unlike adding a ground floor extension it may not be possible to remain in your home while a second storey is added. Plan where you will stay while the renovations are taking place. And remember to factor in the additional cost if you will need to rent or stay in a motel.
Let the professionals help with your home extension
If you are planning a second storey home extension, then it pays to talk to a professional builder early on. Build Right Contractors have been building home extensions in Auckland for nearly 20 years and know how to create a plan that will work for your lifestyle. Contact Build Right Contractors today to arrange a consultation.