5 Top Reasons to Add a Second Storey to Your Home
Adding a second storey addition has long been a popular way for property owners to add space and street appeal to their home without encroaching on their ground floor garden areas.
A second storey addition is also a relatively noninvasive home renovation process, as most work can be conducted without opening up the existing ceiling until the last stages when the staircase is fitted. This means that a family can comfortably live ‘onsite’ throughout the duration of the works saving themselves the cost of renting elsewhere.
If designed and constructed well, a second storey can add significant value and appeal to a property.
We have compiled a list of the top five reasons that a second storey may be best property investment for you.
1. You have potential views
Whether your home sits near the banks of the beautiful Swan River, along the stunning WA coastline, overlooks the Perth city lights or a local park, a second storey can be an excellent way to capitalise on view and significantly increase your property’s value and appeal.
2. You have run out of room at ground level
The average block size in Perth is getting smaller and large back gardens are becoming a rarity. If you need more space in your home but simply don’t have the space at ground level, a second storey addition may be the answer you’re looking for. You can add extra living or sleeping accommodation to the upper level of your home and only need the space for a staircase.
3. You need to Retreat in peace
As the median house price in Perth rises above $500,000 the property market is becoming more difficult to break in to and as a result children are living at home for longer, often well into adulthood. With more people sharing a home for longer, privacy and space can be at a premium.
A second storey can accommodate a private retreat for parents or children alike by incorporating extra bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, as well as a balcony if required.
4. Add curbside appeal.
The addition of a second story can dramatically raise the value of a home just by improving its street presence. If your home is surrounded by other two storey homes, a second storey addition is likely a wise investment that will bring your home in line with its neighbours.
5. An alternative to a granny flat.
Granny flats are no longer just for grannys; Self-contained home-units can also be used for adult children, home businesses and even rented out for profit. If you don’t have the space for a flat at ground level, a second storey ‘Fonzy Flat’ with external access may the right option for you.
No matter what your motivation for adding a second storey it is critical that it is designed and built by an established, reputable builder who can manage the process from start to end. Home extensions are a unique sector of building and you should look for an acclaimed, full service, home addition specialist.