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The Benefits and Simple Process of Expanding Your Home

The Benefits and Simple Process of Expanding Your Home

A home extension will not only increase the size of your home, it should also personalise your space, improve your lifestyle, and increase your property value.Whether you are a growing family, or simply wish to increase the footprint of your home, the process of undertaking a home extension should be both an uncomplicated and exciting experience.

Be Clear About Your Objectives

Spend some time carefully considering your overall objectives so that you have a good brief for your designer. It is a good idea to write out a list of all the components you would like to add such as bedrooms, bathrooms, living space, kitchen, butler’s pantry, alfresco area, etc. as well as including any finishings you desire, such as bi-fold doors, timber joinery, full height tiling, stone or laminates, appliances etc.

Next, you should order the list by priority. If you are building to a budget, as most people are, a well-informed designer will then attempt to give you as much on the list as they can within your budget.

Consider Your Project Budget

Many people are reluctant to disclose their project budget initially, however it really is in your best interests to do so. Rest assured that reputable and well-established building companies will all be working from similar margins and will want to give you the most competitive price possible in order to win your project. If you are upfront about your budget, your designer can then consider it during the design process and give you some realistic advice and guidance to help you achieve as much of your wish list as possible.

That said, it is vitally important that your designer has a good handle on current building costs and particularly ‘renovation building costs’ which are generally higher than new construction due to the complexity and the preparation work required prior to actual construction. A building designer or ‘design and build’ company will generally have a more realistic understanding of costs than a design-only firm that is not involved in construction directly.

The Renovation Process

Once your design has been finalised and your building contract confirmed, it is time for pre-start selections and shire approvals. A full-service renovation company will look after all of this for you. They will prepare full working drawings and liaise with the local authorities to secure all the required permits, and where necessary they will also prepare justifications and lobby council for any special considerations. A pre-start consultant will advise you on finishings and guide you in your selections of materials and colours.

Once all permits are in place and selections are finslised, the construction team will takeover. A reputable builder will install property protection between the areas of the existing home that are remaining, and the area of new construction. They will then send in a demolition team to carefully remove any unneeded structure and prepare the home for the new extension. In many cases, a simple house extension can be undertaken behind temporary walls, while you remain in the existing home, with minimal disruption.

Contact Us

Finding the right company to manage your home extension is imperative to a good experience. Look for a company with a proven track record of quality construction and good customer service that is well established in the market. Addstyle is WA’s most awarded home renovation and extension builder and has been servicing the Perth market for over 30 years. Addstyle is a full-service, design and build renovation company that will manage your entire project from conception to handover.

Contact Addstyle today to arrange a complimentary home extension consultation.

Three ways to add a Bedroom, Bathroom and Sitting Room to your home.

Three ways to add a Bedroom, Bathroom and Sitting Room to your home.


You’ve decided that you need more space in your home and would like to add a new Bedroom with Ensuite and Walk-in-Robe, as well as a Sitting Room or Retreat. There are multiple options available to you and the project cost will vary greatly depending on the type of project you choose.

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1. Add a second storey addition

If you have no room at ground level, or have a view that you’d like to capitalise on, your best option may be adding a second storey addition to your home. A second storey addition that comprises of a Main Bedroom with Ensuite, WIR and Sitting Room will take about 14-16 weeks to complete and is relatively non-intrusive as the works are completed above you and accessed via ramps and scaffold. The break-through for the staircase will happen towards the end of the project schedule meaning that you can generally live in the home during construction. Project budget from $220,000.

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2. Add a ground floor extension

If you have the space, a ground floor extension is a more cost effective option compared to adding a second storey addition. A ‘new wing’ on the home can be constructed within 8-12 weeks and in many cases the new area can be isolated from the existing home using temporary walls enabling you to stay in the home during construction. Project budget from $120,000.

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3. Add a separate ‘granny flat’.

Adding a free-standing granny flat to the property is another excellent option for providing more space and increasing the value of your property. As the project does not interfere with the existing home, and therefore doesn’t require any demolition, integration and tie-in with the original house, the cost of construction is less. A one-bedroom granny flat with bathroom, WIR, sitting room and kitchen can be constructed on your property within 10-12 weeks. Project budget from $140,000.

Addstyle Master Builders is Western Australia’s most awarded home renovation builder. Over 30 years Addstyle has designed and constructed hundreds of second storey additions, home extensions and granny flats. Visit our project gallery for examples of our work and contact us today to arrange a complimentary in-home consultation.

5 Questions to consider before adding a second storey to your home

5 Questions to consider before adding a second storey to your home



So you’re considering adding a second storey to your home. You know what you’d like to achieve and you’ve researched second storey addition builders who can manage the project for you. Before you commence interviewing builders and engaging in the design process, there are some less obvious questions that you should consider:

1. Is there a view that the addition should be orientated towards, or one you wish to avoid?
You may have city, river or ocean views that you can capitalise on from a second level, or perhaps a pretty rooftop or parklands vista. It is important to ensure that the second storey makes the most of potential views. This means ensuring that the best views from the new addition aren’t from the toilet or the Walk in Robe. Likewise, you don’t want your main windows overlooking a local sump or phone tower. Climb on the roof and map out your view. As a rule of thumb your first floor will sit about eight roof tiles up from the level of the gutters. Be careful!

2. Where will the staircase be positioned?
Obviously, you need to have a way to access the second storey and you will likely need to loose some ground floor space to accommodate the staircase. As a general rule, it is preferential to have the staircase situated off the main entry of the home and often a small bedroom, study or a portion of either can be used for this purpose. If so, you’ll need to decide whether you wish to replace the space elsewhere. In some council areas, and in some heritage precincts particularly, the second storey needs to be set back on the home out of view of the street. In such cases the staircase will need to set away from the front entrance. The positioning of the staircase will also influence the configuration of the second storey.

3. What material will be used for the floor base? This is a question that many second storey addition builders will avoid discussing with you,  as most favour 19mm compressed-board floor sheets. However when your project is complete and it sounds like a herd of elephants moved in upstairs, you will wish you’d been aware of your options on this point. At Addstyle we are unique in our use of a 75mm reinforced, aerated concrete as standard in our second storey additions. While compressed board is slightly cheaper and is easier to construct, the thermal and acoustic properties of aerated concrete are far superior and most definitely a worthwhile investment.

4. Will you stay in the home during construction?
In most cases the addition of a second storey is relatively non-intrusive and despite the exterior of your home being turned into a busy building site, the majority of work is undertaken above you and accessed via ramps and scaffold. The break-through for the staircase can be made towards the end of the build, meaning that there is only a short amount of time that the ground floor is disturbed. That said, if your project involves ground-floor renovation or extension works, you may wish to consider either moving out or discuss staging the project with your builder.

5. Do you actually need to go up? Adding a second storey is a great option for many properties, however a large portion of the project cost is spent on scaffold as well as higher trade rates for working at heights, and of course the cost of a staircase. As a general guide your budget for a second storey addition project that includes a Main bedroom, Ensuite, Walk-in-Robe and Sitting Room should start at around $220,000. The same project at ground level could be achieved from around $150,000. If you have the space to extend and don’t have a view to capture from above, moving out rather than up, may be your better option after all.


Addstyle Master Builders is a specialist second storey addition builder in Perth and the south-west. Over the past 30 years Addstyle has completed hundreds of second storey additions and has won multiple housing excellence awards for it’s projects. Visit our project gallery to view examples of our work and contact us today to arrange a complimentary in-home consultation.




Top Kitchen Trends for 2018

Top Kitchen Trends for 2018

There are few people with more experience in kitchen renovations than Dee Purvey, Pre-start selections consultant for Addstyle Master Builders, Western Australia’s most awarded home renovation builder. Dee has spent years guiding and advising hundreds of Perth clients through kitchen renovations, remodels and new construction. Her finger is firmly on the pulse when it comes to new products and trends. So, what does Dee consider the top kitchen trends and products to look out for in 2018?


1. Anti-Fingerprint laminates


“This is a complete game changer, that we have been waiting years for” says Dee of the new laminate range by Polytec. The “Venette” range is fabricated from new, state-of-the-art technology that repels fingerprints. Think of the time you’ll save trying to polish out those pesky and unattractive finger marks.


2. Caesarstone reconstituted concrete range


“This is everything we love about the industrial, concrete look but better, warmer, cleaner” claims Dee. This look has been gaining popularity over the past few years and with new releases such as ‘Rugged Concrete‘, ‘Georgian Bluff’ and ‘Urban’, it’s sure to continue to trend.


3. Metallic laminates


“Polytec are reinventing laminates as we know them” and another of their latest releases proves it. Their ‘Leaf Matt’ metallic range come in Rose Gold, Brass, Copper and Platinum. “These will definitely help create ‘wow’ factor in a kitchen” says Dee.


4. Space Savers


“There is so much innovation in cabinetry and much of the focus is on space-saving”. Dee’s favourite space saver trend being…”Hidden wine storage inside the kick-boards”. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!


5. Integration


“Minimalism is key” advises Dee. Integration is no longer just a way to hide the fridge and dishwasher, “We’re now seeing integrated stone sinks, dish racks and herb gardens” says Dee. “However my favourite ideas are integrated bench-top extenders and steps hidden inside drawers, to help us reach those extra high overheads”.


Thinking of renovating your kitchen in 2018? Contact Addstyle today for a complimentary home renovation consultation, and let Dee help you create your own dream kitchen.


The 5 Most Common Mistakes DIY Renovators Make

The 5 Most Common Mistakes DIY Renovators Make

1. They believe what they see on TV.

Quite simply, reality television renovations shows are unrealistic. The construction time-frames and project costs can be misleading for DIY home renovators. Shire approvals and much of the construction work has been completed in advance, and short-cuts are taken which unfortunately undermine the quality of the finish (you don’t see many close-ups of tiling for example). Suppliers also offer products at vastly reduced prices as the program is an advertorial for their wares.

2. They don’t get the necessary building permits.

There are a number of permits and approvals that are compulsory for renovation works, and failure to obtain them can result in large fines and significant delays, or worse still,  legal action after resale.

As a general guide any renovation and/or home extension projects that involve a structural element such as moving a wall or window, require planning/development approval as well a building permit from the local council or shire. It is also likely that you will need a verge permit if you intend to store materials or a site bin on the verge. Many councils also require tree protection and permits. Rangers constantly monitor their local area and report any evidence of building work to the council, who will investigate further.

3. They trust trades that they find in the paper/online.

Genuinely good quality trades rarely need to advertise, as they are consistently booked by building companies. If you are searching for a trade from a website or newspaper advertisement ensure you reference check thoroughly and beware of any quote that is significantly cheaper than others.

4. They don’t anticipate or understand issues.

Renovation is a highly specialised category of building. You need to have a good understanding of the original construction in order to anticipate and allow for issues, prior to commencing the new work. Small alterations can unearth significant issues and add thousands of dollars to a project.

5. They underestimate cost.

Generally renovation costs are higher than new home construction, as a seemingly simple and straight forward alteration can be more complex than it first appears. Removing an internal wall for example, may require engineering and structural beams, which in turn will mean new ceilings, cornices and re-plastering of entire walls to the nearest corner. Rates for trades are also higher as the work is more complicated and multiple visits are generally required. A bricklayer working on a new home construction will generally charge a ‘per brick’ rate, however brickwork in a renovation can be complex and time consuming and therefore the rate is often calculated on a project basis.


A specialist renovation builder such as Addstyle Master Builders can take the risk out of renovation by providing renovation expertise for a fixed cost. The project will be undertaken by genuinely experienced tradespeople under the supervision of qualified building professionals and constructed to an efficient building programme. Contact Addstyle for a complimentary consultation regarding your home renovation project.