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Ground Floor Extensions vs First Floor Home Additions

By Extend a Home

If you’re considering a home extension, choosing between a ground floor extension or a first floor home addition is a key consideration. The right choice is often determined by the size of your block, the layout and type of house you have, zoning restrictions and various other factors. For many people, either option is realistic and need help deciding which approach might suit them best.

Ground Floor Extensions

If you have plenty of space on your block then a ground floor extension is an excellent way to extend your property outwards, allowing you to create more living space, add additional rooms and open up existing spaces to the outdoors. It also allows you to change the layout of your home, so it better suits your style preferences or needs. Ground floor extensions are also well suited to people with mobility issues.

The main drawback is that it generally results in a loss in some of your outdoor space. However, if you’ve got plenty of room or if you’re not using that space much, it can be a great option. Another thing to consider is how much work is required to prepare the ground for an extension. Costs can add up with significant excavation and/or foundation work is required.


First Floor Additions

When you need more room but don’t want to or can’t extend outwards, a first-floor addition is your best option. Adding a second storey to your home is a suitable project for most houses and often costs less than most people expect. With a first-floor extension, you can essential double the space in your home aside from losing a small amount of ground floor space for stairs.

 On the second level, you can add:

  • A balcony
  • Extra bedrooms
  • A second living space
  • An extra bathroom

You can also capitalise on potential views, especially if you live in a hilly area or near the coast. When it comes to selling your home in the future, having a two-storey home typically gives you a much higher resale value than single storey with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms.


Can I Stay in the House During Home Extension Works?

Many homeowners choose to go on living in their homes during extension works to save on the cost of relocating possessions and the occupants. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you can go on living inside your home while the home extension takes place. Like all building works, you may have to deal with disruptions, dust and noise.

Assuming you don’t need to remodel your only kitchen or bathroom, there’s no reason why you cannot continue living in your home during a ground floor extension. Most work will occur during daylight hours and during the normal work week unless you make other arrangements with your contractor.

When it comes to first floor additions, the impact can be far less as most of the work occurs outside of your existing home. Tradespeople will access the new storey by ladders and scaffolding. The most disruptive aspect of a first-floor addition is the removal of the roof and creating an opening in the downstairs ceiling to accommodate a new staircase.


Extensions and Home Renovations - Sydney

Interested in adding a ground floor extension or first floor addition to your home in Sydney? Get in touch with the leading designers and builders at Extend a Home. Our team specialise in home extensions and have over 75 years of combined experience bringing functional and beautiful home renovation ideas to life for customers.

Call us today on (02) 9736 3344 or contact us online for a free consultation.