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Home extensions: How to decide to build up or add on

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April 18, 2022

When making room and adding more space to your existing home, you have two choices – to extend out or build up.

While both forms of home extensions will increase the space in your home, they also deliver entirely different results.

For a more comfortable lifestyle, you need to decide whether adding on or introducing a second story is the best choice for you and your family. This means there are a few factors you need to take into consideration.

Establish your end goal and what you want to achieve

The first step in determining the right home extension option is establishing the end goals of the project. You will need to determine how the space will be used and who will be using it.

If you are on a larger block and want to add a single room or extend one of your existing rooms to achieve more space. Then expanding by building out across a single level, might be the best solution.

If you want to add multiple rooms such as bedrooms, a new bathroom or a completely self-contained space. Then adding another story might be the only option. Especially if you live on a smaller block or you want to retain your backyard area.

Transforming your home from a single story to a double story will allow you to introduce a whole new level of additional rooms. With more privacy and separation from the downstairs living areas.

As a bonus, extending upward may also improve your view from the second level. Depending on where you live, this could also improve the value of your home. If you choose to extend outward, you can add as much or as little space as needed. You may even wish to change the floorplan completely to adjust the flow of your layout. By extending out you also avoid stairs, which will make your house more accessible as the years go by.

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Consider what you would rather lose (backyard or single storey build)

When planning to extend your home, you also need to consider what could be lost in your decision. In addition to the advantages, both forms of extensions feature their own losses. Making it essential for you to consider which of these will impact your family more.

While second story additions unlock more potential for your home and increase your property’s overall value. You will lose the appeal of easy accessibility that a single-story house offers. Stairs can deter some potential buyers including the elderly or those with physical limitations.

Whereas extending your home outwards will maintain the advantages of a single-story while still creating more space. It will, however, increase the overall footprint of your home on your parcel of land. Reducing the size of your back, side or front yard. If you are on a large block of land, this reduction might not be significant. If you are on a smaller block you will need to decide if more inside space is worth the loss of your outdoor area.

If you are on a large block of land, this reduction might not be significant. If you are on a smaller block you will need to decide if more inside space is worth the loss of your outdoor area.

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Get insight and advice from a professional

Extending your home is a big project and you need to be sure your choices won’t have future regret or consequences. Making an informed decision is easier with advice from a professional builder.

A building service with experience in home extensions, like SBS Building Services is essential. Our team will assess the structure of your home. Take into consideration any future renovation plans and the benefits you are seeking with your extension. They can also foresee any potential issues and will advise you of the best solution for your home and your end goals.

Our highly experienced team can take your ideas and draft a comprehensive plan. Showing you how to expand your space, limit any issues and maximise the future value of your home.

Are you looking to extend your home? Enquire with SBS Building Services. As one of the leading home extension builders in Northwest Sydney, we offer a complete service that starts from your concept plans through to the completion of your project. We are fully licensed and insured and pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and high-quality workmanship. Make an enquiry on our website or give us a call on (02) 8279 1234.

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SBS Building Services are Sydney builders specialising in ground floor and second story extensions, home renovations and outdoor living areas. We offer a complete service from concept plans to the completion of your project, including all council requirements. With over 25 years experience, our dedicated and professional team can help you create your ideal home and lifestyle.

Ready to get started? Fill out the form for a quote.

SBS Building Services are Sydney builders specialising in ground floor and second story extensions, home renovations and outdoor living areas. We offer a complete service from concept plans to the completion of your project, including all council requirements. With over 25 years experience, our dedicated and professional team can help you create your ideal home and lifestyle.