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That’s a wrap for 2019

Our team has officially wrapped up things for 2019! Here is an overview of our year!

Our office is now closed until 14th January 2020.

We wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

You can still contact us on our website during the break and we will be in touch when we return. For any enquiries please fill out the form below.

Nailstrip Cladding

Corey and the team installing the nailstrip cladding at our Belimbla Park Extension #32DegreesBuilding #ExtensionSpecialists #colorbond #lysaght #nailstripcladding #groundfloorextension #hometransformation

Posted by 32 Degrees Building on Sunday, 29 September 2019

Some of our team were over at Belimbla Park recently installing the nailstrip metal wall cladding on stage 1 of the parapet of the ground floor extension.

Here are several benefits of using this material for your wall cladding: 
– It’s quick and simple to install, with no clips or special seam tools required
– It achieves an architectural facade with no visible fixings and has a modern clean style compared to traditional cladding
– You can get custom widths for your individual design style
AND our favourite;
– It requires minimal maintenance compared to other cladding materials, such as rendered brick and timber!

This look is definitely the new trend that we are seeing coming in across our builds, with our client in Rozelle also opting for this cladding! Want to know how to incorporate it into in your build either as a feature or across your home? – just ask us!


Smart Design Value Package
Second Storey Addition

Build a second storey addition from only $179K!

We have the perfect Smart Design Value Package for you. Get what you need faster, for less! This second storey addition starter package is packed with heaps of inclusions and plenty of new room for you and your growing family.

70m2 Second Storey Addition
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
1 living area

This exclusive package is available for a limited time only. Take advantage of low-interest rates, increase the value of your home and get that extra room for your family.

External Inclusions:

  • Treated pine frame
  • Roofing – to match existing – tile or Colorbond
  • 2400 ceilings
  • Weathertex 300mm EcoGroove Smooth cladding
  • External Painting – 2 colours
  • Aluminium sliding windows with flyscreens

Internal Inclusions:

  • Internal Painting – 2 colours
  • Flooring – Tiling to wet areas
  • Flooring – Carpet including underlay to addition and stairs
  • Bathroom Package
  • Tile Package
  • Electrical Package
  • Built-in Wardrobes
  • Hume flush internal hollow-core swing doors
  • Gainsborough internal door handles
  • 90mm cornice and 40mm skirting
  • Staircase with stainless steel balustrades and pine handrail


  • 900×900 shower with framed shower screen
  • 900mm vanity – floor standing
  • 900mm pencil edge mirror
  • Tapware for vanity and shower mixer
  • Toilet – dual flush back to wall
  • Toilet roll holder
  • 600mm single towel rail
  • Floor tiles – 300×300
  • Wall tiles – 300×300 or 600×600

Electrical Inclusions:

  • 6 power points
  • 6 lights
  • 1 TV point
  • Interconnected smoke detectors
  • 1 x two-way switch
  • 1 x 3 in 1 heat/fan/light

Terms and Conditions: Build cost only, based on a 70m2 addition. Plans and Council approval excluded – these are estimated at $15K.
A full quotation can be only be provided following an onsite consultation with the builder to undertake an assessment and determine suitability.

Connecting Families

Second storey additions, parents retreats, ground floor extensions, large scale renovations, granny flats, knockdown rebuilds – this is what we do and we LOVE it!

Did you know that a part of our job is also specialising in connecting families by creating additional, practical well thought out living spaces for families that are growing, those that are looking to move back in and those that require looking after.

Often we are contacted about creating more space for growing families, a great option to consider in this case is a parents retreat, teenagers retreat and retirees retreat through the addition of a second storey.

Parents Retreat: A parents retreat is the addition of a master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. The aim is to create a luxurious space where relaxation and privacy are the priority.

Teenagers Retreat: A teenagers retreat creates a space with additional bedrooms, a bathroom and living space creating a sanctuary away from the parents.

Retirees Retreat: A retirees retreat creates a space tailored to the more mature audience, they often include the addition of a bedroom, ensuite, wardrobe and a living area with a wet bar. They can be fitted out with features that can assist with ease of accessibility including wider entryways, stairlifts, a lift, even floors throughout and even a wet bar to maintain their independence.

If you are planning a build, talk to our team. We want to be a part of your building journey and make it a stressfree and enjoyable build, so much so that at the end of it, you will say to us that you would do it all again!

How Colonial Interior Styling Can Bring Your Home To Life

How Colonial Interior Styling Can Bring Your Home To Life

Every country has a colonisation era worth remembering, which also merged the art and design influences of various cultures. In the United States, Colonial decorating style reflects the era that started with the arrival of Christopher Columbus and ended around 1763 before the Revolutionary Period. Furniture style is simple, sturdy, and unique, as practiced by the famous Colonial furniture designers Chippendale and Hepplewhite.

The characteristics of colonial interior styling can bring your home back to life in so many ways. Learn more by reading below.

Revive Your Home With the Hamptons Style

It’s rejuvenating to bring Hamptons Style into your home, giving a new direction to the look and feel of your living space. From the traditional white and blue color palette as inspired by the sea, other colors can make your living room far richer. For example, you can use chocolate brown tones, warm gold, lavender tones, teal shades, and creamy beige.

Gone are the days when this style is best carried out with bold blues against white. Embrace a more contemporary Hamptons Style by striking a perfect balance of yin and yang and using contrasting colors while achieving a serene and calm ambiance. Achieve the Hamptons interior style by checking our expert tips for Colonial styling.

Here are some tips and tricks to implement the Hamptons Style to bring your home to life:

  • Play with Textures: Introduce rough materials, such as warm metals and aged brass for great tactile quality. You can combine it with your soft furnishings for more layered aesthetics.
  • Strike a Perfect Balance of Materials: You can always work with marble, wood, and other materials with the Hamptons style. Think about attaining a good balance between light and dark, soft and hard, and smooth and rough. Incorporate geometric panels, glass tables, and marble benchtop.
  • Try New Patterns: New patterns are very interesting. By working with geometric designs or shapes, you can give a space a more masculine, formal, and structured vibe. Try using geometric shapes in the bathroom, and it will surely make your home more lively. Invest in geo-shaped rug patterns to create an interesting focal point in your living room.
  • Balance the Design Elements: When you already have geometric patterns, you can lighten them with softer prints, like florals or block colors. Art deco patterns can be seen on cushion covers, which look sublime.
Revive Your Home With the Hamptons Style
Revive Your Home With the Hamptons Style

Decorate Your Home Following the British Colonial Style

In the late 1800s, the British Colonial interior decorating style was created. This period started when British people went to live in Asia, Africa, India, and the Caribbean, adapting refined British interior design to the available materials and climate where they moved.

The architecture of a British colonial style home has high ceilings. It allows the heat to rise and keep the rooms and a bit cooler for a more energy-saving home. The ceilings and floors were made of wood with oversized ceiling fans. Also, light is allowed to enter with large windows, giving your home more space to breathe for a livelier look.

Here are some tips and tricks to add British Colonial interior style to your home:

  • Add dark mahogany furniture for a more formal look. If you want a casual look, choose bamboo, rattan, or wicker furniture materials.
  • Choose pillowcases and curtains made of cotton or linen with animal or botanical prints as accents.
  • Don’t forget to place oriental rugs to depict the British colonial style best.
  • For artwork, go for those with a botanical theme because British families were very interested in studying botany at that time.
  • Hang ornate mirrors with the finest details on the wall.
  • For accessories, display beautiful crystal, silver items, fine china, Asian white and blue porcelain, animal horns, pineapple symbols, tortoise shells, seashells, maps, telescopes, and hurricane lamps. Avoid palm tree and monkey prints.

Patronise the American Colonial Interior Styling

When it comes to American Colonial interiors, the rooms are spacious and light with soft, muted colors and clean lines. Also, you’ll notice wide baseboards, white ivory ceilings, and intricately-designed crown moldings. Wood plays a crucial role in an American Colonial style’s design elements.

Here are some tips and tricks to design your home with the American Colonial interior styling:

  • The floors are typically made of mahogany, cherry, or walnut wood.
  • Handmade wooden furniture is preferred. Pine, maple, or birch furniture pieces have simple designs.
  • Light fixtures include cast-iron lamps and ornate chandeliers.


With the many decorating styles to choose from, Colonial style will never fade. The most appreciated furniture pieces came from the Colonial era when different countries or races merged and shared design ideas. Strength, durability, and passion in the construction of Colonial furniture pieces is evident. Indeed, the Colonial interior style can bring your home back to life, reminiscing and learning from the stories of the past.

**SPECIAL OFFER** See the plans for your addition come to life

The feedback that we receive from every client that we meet seems to be that they don’t want their extension or addition to look like an “add on” or a “box on the top”. 

We agree! The idea of constructing a second storey addition or ground floor extension on your home is to have it tie seamlessly into your existing home, so that it looks like it was always meant to be there.

We understand how hard it can be to visualise how your potential new second storey addition or ground floor extension will look on your existing home let alone having to make decisions to pick colours that will work together.

Let us take the stress of the design stage of your project away for you and provide you with an external colour selection schedule valued at over $500 for FREE! This offer applies to any of our new clients that enter into the planning stage with us (excludes the Smart Design Starter Package offer).

Get Your Guide Price

We will arrange for you to meet with our colour consultant during the design phase of your build to receive a FREE external colour palette with BONUS external 3D visual rendering so that you can see how your new addition can seamlessly tie into your existing home!

Already have plans?

We can still provide you with 3D external rendering and colour palette service if you are able to provide us with a copy of your digital plans – ask us how!

If existing plans are supplied to us we can also provide this service, fees will apply.

Want to know more? Give our team in the office a call on 02 4647 2324 or contact us.

*T’s and C’s apply – Offer is valid for new clients only, who are entering into the planning stage and sign a preliminary agreement with us that includes the design of architectural plans. If you have existing plans we can still provide this service although fees will apply.

Get the Hamptons look

If you are looking for coastal charm and sophisticated luxury style living then you can’t go past the classic Hamptons style for your home. This trend suits the Australian lifestyle and over the past 12 months we have seen this style take off and is now the most asked for style for our second storey additions. Best of all, it’s not an expensive look to achieve and we love the street appeal that a Hamptons style transformation provides to our clients.

How to achieve the Hamptons look

Think light, bright and open. The Hamptons colour palette is based on neutral coastal tones such as whites, creams and greys alongside sea blues from duck egg to rich navy.

External features include a weatherboard cladding, such as the Weathertex cladding EcoGroove Smooth or James Hardie Scyon Linea with larger windows (with or without colonial bars) and window trims which are painted in white.

Internally, the idea is to achieve as much natural light as you can and use natural colour tones and fabrics inside to keep it bright and airy.

Get the Hamptons style:
internal pine panelling
larger skirting
light, bright and airy
natural light

You can use internal pine panelling, larger skirting and the use of skylights in the stairwell let in natural light to keep it bright and airy

To achieve Hamptons Style: 
Colonial bars on the windows
Plantation shutters and;
Voile curtains

The use of colonial bars on the windows, plantation shutters and voile curtains with higher ceilings (or another option is to use raked or coffered ceilings)

If you can get a few of the simple elements right, achieving the timeless Hamptons style is easy. Our team can help you plan a Hamptons style addition on your home and work through the process with you. Click here to contact the team

Click to view our Coogee Hamptons style addition

Save yourself over $100,000 on building an addition

Often a difficult choice for families looking to increase their living space is whether to purchase a new home or build an addition on their current home. The costs associated with both decisions can vary but there are many hidden and overlooked costs related to purchasing a home which are not applicable when building an addition. We have outlined costs below for you to keep in mind if this is a decision that you are currently looking to make;

Costs related to purchasing a home

Loan fees – This is the fee charged by a bank or other lending institution when you apply for or take out a loan. Approximate cost: $Nil – $800 There may be additional costs preparing and registering a mortgage.

Mortgage discharge fee – If you have a mortgage, you can expect to close your mortgage loan for approximately $1,000, but this cost can vary depending on your bank. This is essentially a fee for the paperwork involved. Approximate cost: $1,000-$2,500

Conveyancing fee – A conveyancer is required for the process of transferring the property from the seller to the buyer. Approximate cost: $700-$2,500

Disbursements – Your solicitor/conveyancer will charge for some of these expenses paid on your behalf during the conveyancing process. Approximate cost: $100-$350

Stamp duty – You must pay contract stamp duty on the purchase price of the property. Approximate cost based on a house valued at $1.1 million: $45,990

Inspection fees -Building Inspection – A building inspection checks structural soundness and lists any visible defects and necessary repairs. Approximate cost: $300-$700 & Pest Inspection – A pest inspection checks for any signs of past or present pest infestation. Approximate cost: $250 – $300

Real estate agent commission – The cost of selling will depend on the amount of commission charged by your real estate agent. The national average commission rate in Australia sits at around 2 per cent, but commission rates vary from agent to agent. Approximate cost based on a house valued at $1.1 million: $22,000

Auctioneer fees – If you’re holding an auction, you’ll often have to pay an auctioneer’s fee. Approximate cost: $6,000

Moving costs – The cost of moving generally depends on the distance you’re travelling, the amount of furniture you’re moving and whether you’ll hire a full-service removalist or pack the truck yourself. You’ll also need to purchase storage boxes if you haven’t got them already. Approximate cost: $400 – $3,000

Property repairs and renovations –When buying a new home spending money on repairs and renovations is very common. Common repairs include painting, flooring, lighting repairs, kitchen repairs and maintenance, bathroom repairs, electrical repairs as well as giving the exterior a touch up to give your new home that personal touch. Approximate cost: $1,500 – $20,000

Costs associated with moving:
Loan Fees $Nil-$800
Mortgage Discharge $1,000-$2,500
Stamp Duty Based on a home valued at $1.1 million $45,990
Inspection Fees $300-$1,100
Real Estate Commission Based on a home valued at $1.1 million at 2% Commission $22,000
Auctioner Fees $6,000
Moving Costs $400 – $3,000
Property Repairs and Renovations $20,000
Total Costs Estimate $103,890

Additional inconveniences and disruptions related to purchasing a home:

  • Relocation of services – When moving you will need to relocate your existing services to your new property. This can include transferring and updating your: Gas, Electricity, TV, Internet/Phone, Insurances, Licenses and addresses for your bills.
  • Disruptions in relocating – When moving to a new home you face the uncertainty of not knowing who you are moving next to. You have to consider that your new neighbours may not be as accommodating as your previous neighbours which you have good relationships with.
  • Other things to consider are the need to change – Schools, churches, social groups, gyms, childcare and the commute to your workplace.

Benefits of building an addition

One of the benefits of building an addition is that you can custom design your plans to tie in with your existing home and remove the need to move or purchase a new home. Building an addition is the perfect way to add significant value to your existing home whilst bypassing any of the issues related to moving.

We specialise in building second storey additions that seamlessly integrate with the existing structure of your home, giving you an aesthetically pleasing street frontage which will make you the envy of all of your neighbours.

Costs related to building an addition

Plans and drafting – $6,000

Council lodgement – $5,000

Council fees – $2,500-$15,000

The average cost of adding a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 living room addition to a home starts from $200,000.

If you are looking for an affordable solution and you are happy with your existing location, have a great relationship with your neighbours and would like to avoid the stresses of moving, then an addition is the perfect option for you to consider.

Give our team a call or complete our Pre-Quote Enquiry Form if you would like to discuss a potential addition to your home. We can conduct a pre-site assessment prior to the builder coming out to meet with you to ensure that building an addition is a viable option on your property for you.

Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home Lighting

With the price of crude oil forecasted to rise in the coming years, you can expect power rates to follow suit. Paying more for your electricity bill can wreak havoc on your tight household budget. Luckily, there are ways to help cushion the impact of higher living costs. You can implement measures to lessen power consumption, thereby saving money. One of these is to save energy on your home lighting.

Steps to more cost-effective home lighting

Do you know that about a quarter of your electricity bill comes from lighting? Minimising consumption doesn’t suggest you have to live in the dark. Lights do account for a significant portion of your power use, but thanks to technological advances and some practical steps that you can apply right away, it is possible to consume less power. Besides, conserving energy means you’re also doing your part in preserving the environment.

Here are some tips on greener and more economical living without compromising the illumination of your home;

  • Always switch off the lights in rooms that are not being used or occupied. You may need some time to develop this habit if this isn’t your usual practice. If you think you won’t ever remember switching off the lights, consider installing timers or motion-sensor switches instead. These special-purpose devices will do the job automatically for you.

  • Make use of low-wattage bulbs in areas that need to be illuminated for longer times, such as the porch or a dark hallway that need to be lit overnight. If you replace a 75-watt bulb with one that is rated at only 15 watts, energy usage is cut by as much as 80%.

  • Mount task lights in spots where you do most of your productive work. These can be near the kitchen counter, crafts table, reading chair, bedroom dresser, or bathroom vanity. This way, you don’t have to turn on the high-output ceiling light when performing specific tasks.

  • Your lighting needs vary throughout the day, depending on how bright or dark it is outside. Setting up dimmer controls in your home lighting system will allow you to adjust interior lighting in accordance with natural light fluctuations.

  • If possible, have a one-to-one pairing between switches and bulbs, so you don’t turn on multiple lights with a single switch.

  • Make sure that the fittings you pick allow maximum illumination. Some lighting accessories, especially those that feature coloured fabric or glass, can diminish light by as much as 50%.

  • Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being diligent with household maintenance. Regularly cleaning glass windows and dusting off bulbs and their fixtures will allow more light rays to shine through.

  • Shift to lighting that’s energy-efficient. Light fixtures that utilise energy efficiently have the same brightness as regular bulbs but have lower wattage; thus, they consume less power when switched on. So, the next time a light bulb in your house gets busted, consider replacing it with a low-energy alternative.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LED) cost more than the conventional ones. However, CFLs and LEDs are worth investing in since they last much longer and utilise a mere 10% to 20% of the energy consumed by standard incandescent lights. Ultimately, you will recoup what you paid for via less frequent light replacements and savings on your electricity bill.


You can learn more about the advantages of energy-efficient lights here.

Exploit natural light so you can minimize the use of artificial lights during the daytime. Natural light is supplied free of charge, and you can use as much as you want. Here are some creative ways to make the most out of the natural light that enters your home:

  • Incorporate more reflective surfaces in your décor like mirrors, metal fittings, glossy floor tiles, and chandeliers.

  • Don’t position large furniture pieces beside windows. They will block or reflect the light back outside.

  • Window treatments make a big difference. Instead of thick, dark-coloured curtains that block out the sun, drape your windows with fabrics in lighter hues. The curtains will allow light to enter while still maintaining enough privacy.

  • Skylights are excellent options of brightening up a gloomy and dark space in your home. If the area is not directly under the rooftop, a solar tube is a suitable alternative. Solar tubes employ pipes with reflective surfaces to bring external light inside the house.


You don’t have to be nervous every time the power company delivers your monthly bill. With the above steps in place, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that you still have some extra cash left in your pocket after your household expenses have all been paid for.

Talk to us about upgrading your existing lights to LED downlights when building your addition.


What to look for when choosing your builder

You’re in the market for a renovation or addition on your home, but where can you find a builder that is reliable, will minimise the disruption to your family and deliver maximum quality on your investment that will stand the test of time? 

You may have been referred to builders by people you trust, however that doesn’t necessarily mean that the builder will be trustworthy. So who do you contact and what should you look out for when contemplating taking the first steps on your building journey? We’ve put together a list of things you should consider when making your decision to select a builder; 

1. Do they specialise in your type of build?

You might assume this is obvious, however, it’s vital to ensure that the builder you choose is well-established and reputable. Search for a builder who has experience in the type and style of build you are looking for and see if they are able to provide references for a number of jobs they have completed.

Always do your research – look at their website, social media pages and online presence. Are their projects active and up to date? Can you see samples of their work? How long have they been operating for?

2. Do they belong to a builder’s association?

Builders that have a professional membership in the industry eg. Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Master Builders Association (MBA) participate in continuing education and stay up to date with best practices, new technology and innovations within the field. This ultimately means that these builders will use the newest and correct practices when constructing your home.

3. Are they licenced and insured?

A good indicator of a high-quality builder is one that’s fully licenced and
insured – and that they can provide you with those details upon request.
It’s vital for you and your builder to be protected and insured in the event
that something goes wrong.

Examples of insurance that may be required by the builder are;

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Contract of Works Insurance and;
  • Home Warranty Insurance (for all builds over $20K)

You can do a licence check of your builder through the Fair-Trading website, however, we also recommend that you request a copy of their insurances before engaging with them to ensure your family and your investment are protected.

4. Are they able to provide client testimonials or reviews?

The sign of a reputable and successful builder is one that is able to provide
a list of client references from the past, most recent and from those currently going
through the building process with them. This is a good indication that they have been
delivering high-quality service to their clients consistently throughout their years in business.

5. Is there clear communication from the beginning?

Good builders are responsive right from the beginning of your interaction with them. This shows that they invest in their team to ensure that customers and their experience is at the forefront of their business. A builder and their team should be available to communicate with you throughout the project, even after practical completion.

6. The cheapest quote may not result in a quality build

Be wary of going with the cheapest estimate a builder may put in front of you. When searching for a builder ensure you are making as direct a comparison as possible. It is always important to compare apples for apples; a higher quoted price may result in less unforeseen costs and expenses. By choosing a significantly cheaper quote be aware that you can run the risk of finding out halfway through your build that you have been underquoted and the builder is unable to fulfil your project, leaving you stranded and stressed, putting a strain on the family and your investment.

7. Do they offer fixed priced contracts?

Beware of quotations and contracts with a long list of ‘estimates’ and ‘TBA’s’. To avoid a blow-out in costs which could end up exceeding your budget or not being to afford to complete your build, ask for a fixed price contract.

There will be items that a builder cannot foresee such as soil removal, asbestos removal and termite damage, however, the builder should be upfront and discuss these items with you during the planning process. This allows you to properly plan things and have a contingency plan in place. 

8. How does the builder operate?

Does the builder utilise sub-contractors to complete your build or do they employ their own team? A benefit of choosing a builder that employs their own tradespeople to complete your build is that they invest in the proper training and management of their team. This also means that they have greater control of the quality and the speed of the build as they will be coordinating the trades across their builds. By limiting the number of sub-contractors being used, your builder can ensure that you know who is working at your home, giving you peace of mind that your family is safe and secure and that disruption is kept to a minimal.

At 32 Degrees Building, we specialise in additions, extensions and renovations. We believe in putting the clients first and have a support team there for you during your build to address any of your concerns throughout the process. We are licenced, fully insured and are more than happy to provide you with references from our clients, past, recent and in progress if you would like to discuss their building experience.

If you have any questions surrounding your future renovation or addition on your home, call the team. We are available to talk to you and run through all of the details with you.