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First Floor vs Ground Floor Extensions

Two of the most common major renovations are ground floor extensions or first floor home additions. Both allow you to greatly expand the amount of space in your home and each offer their own pros and cons. The right choice for you depends on your unique requirements, what kind of space you are working with and what you want to get out of your home expansion.

Creating More Open Space

Ground floor extensions are excellent when you want to create bigger, more open spaces in areas of your home such as having a large, open-plan kitchen and living space. Ground floor extensions are ideal if you have plenty of space on your block that isn’t being fully utilised, and you don’t mind losing some of your outdoor space.

Mobility

Ground floor extensions are also great for adding more space while keeping the home accessible to people with mobility issues due to advanced age or disability. You can change the layout of your home to better suit your needs or preferences in a variety of ways, whether that’s adding new rooms or creating a beautiful, outdoor patio area that your open plan living space flows out into.

Got a Good View?

First floor additions allow you to capitalise on potential views, especially if you live in a hilly area or near the coast. Enjoy panoramic views from inside or add a balcony for an additional outdoor space to relax in while taking in the surroundings. If you’re considering selling your home in the future, keep in mind that a two-storey home typically has a much higher resale value than single storey with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Part of that is due to the great views a multi-storey home can offer.

Double Your Space On a Limited Block

When you need more space in your home but don’t have enough room on your block to extend outwards, a first floor addition is your best option. Adding a second storey is doable on most houses and can cost less than most people expect. With a first floor extension, you can essentially double the space in your home and only lose a small amount of ground floor space for the stairs.

Which Option is More Work?

A first floor addition is often easier, contrary to people’s expectations. This is because the ground needs to be prepared. Having the foundations and substructure already in place saves time and money. Costs can add up if significant excavation and/or foundation work is required for a ground floor extension. You can also continue to live in the existing ground floor while the first floor addition is being completed. Most of the project can be done outside using ladders and scaffolding.

Ground Floor Extensions and First Floor Additions in Sydney

Choosing between a ground floor extension or first floor addition comes down to your specific needs or preferences. Both options are great ways to add space and revitalise your home. Get in touch with the leading designers and builders in Sydney at Extend a Home.

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

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What Our Clients Say

Project: This renovation to this single storey three bedroom home included adding a first floor addition, with 2 bedrooms and study, walk-in robe and bathroom. The exterior cladding was Insulclad with a painted rendered finish, with Stegbar aluminium windows and CSR terracotta roof tiles.

Mr Faulkner

Project: This renovation to this single storey three bedroom home included adding a first floor addition, with 2 bedrooms and study, walk-in robe and bathroom. The exterior cladding was Insulclad with a painted rendered finish, with Stegbar aluminium windows and CSR terracotta roof tiles.

Harvey Cassie

Project: This renovation to this single storey three bedroom home included adding a first floor addition, with 2 bedrooms and study, walk-in robe and bathroom. The exterior cladding was Insulclad with a painted rendered finish, with Stegbar aluminium windows and CSR terracotta roof tiles.

Stuart Donaldson

Project: This renovation to this single storey three bedroom home included adding a first floor addition, with 2 bedrooms and study, walk-in robe and bathroom. The exterior cladding was Insulclad with a painted rendered finish, with Stegbar aluminium windows and CSR terracotta roof tiles.

Tim Crossley