First floor additions, also known as second storey extensions are increasingly popular for those homeowners who don’t want to lose valuable garden space but want to increase their family living space. Best of all, going up is easy and our team will do their best to ensure the process is smooth and the build is completed on time and with minimal disruption to your daily lives.
You can have a modern, liveable home with plenty of space for your family – without giving up the location you love.
Our team are the experts in planning and building custom/tailor-designed First Floor Additions
We are often approached by clients who would like to create an open plan living environment downstairs, whilst adding more room for the family to live comfortably upstairs. The best way to achieve this is with a Custom First Floor Addition.
As specialists in these types of builds, we have many years of experience enabling us to easily offer solutions and suggestions on products, layout and how to get the most from your investment. We are able to share with you relevant quality projects that have resulted in many of our clients becoming raving fans.
No Plans? No Worries!
If a client comes to us without plans, part of our service is to organise for a building designer to assist with the plans and design process. This is will be included in our Preliminary Agreement if required.
We can arrange for our draftspeople to consult with our clients at their home and discuss their project requirements. From there we will then provide plans based upon their specifications and work hand in hand with our clients and the draftsperson to ensure the plans continue to work within the tailored build cost estimate that we have provided.
Improve your lifestyle and bring your family together
When building their addition our clients often decide to open up downstairs living spaces, renovate their kitchen and bathrooms and create new living spaces internally and externally. Once the addition and renovation are completed they are left with a finished product that is like moving into a brand new home.
We are able to create open plan living spaces and improve their current living situation. Our mission is to bring families closer together.
Take away the stress, let us help you plan, manage and design your build
We have a streamlined process which is stress-free and fun. When you are building with 32 Degrees Building you don’t have to worry about anything other than choosing what you want to add to your home and we will work with you on the design to suit your home and your lifestyle.
Contact us to start your building journey today
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If you are building an addition or extension on your home you may find yourself needing to arrange finance to pay for the build. We can help you secure the appropriate finance for your build.
Refinance your current mortgage
To pay for your addition or extension you can opt to refinance your existing mortgage. This means that you will use the equity in your home to obtain a loan for a higher amount than what you currently owe to finance your addition or extension project.
The new loan will replace your old loan and you can choose to stay with your existing finance provider or move to a new finance provider. Refinancing has several advantages for homeowners with substantial equity in their homes.
First, it may allow you to obtain lower interest rates without changing your monthly mortgage payment or adding on a new payment.
Second, some lenders “may approve a loan based on the estimated value of your home once the addition is completed,” which is convenient for projects that require a large amount of money, such as a second story addition or ground floor extension.
Take out a Construction Loan
A construction home loan is a type of home loan designed for people who are building a new home, a first floor addition, ground floor extension or doing large scale renovations. It has a different loan structure to home loans designed for people buying an established or existing home.
A construction loan most commonly has a progressive drawdown. That is, you receive instalments of the loan amount at various stages of construction, rather than receiving it all at once at the start. You generally only pay interest on the amount that is drawn down, as opposed to on the whole loan amount.
A number of lenders offer construction loans that are interest-only during the construction period and then revert to a standard principal and interest loan.
Of course, a construction loan is just one potential source of funding for your project. The Federal Government recently unveiled its HomeBuilder scheme, which will give eligible homebuyers and existing owners grants of $25,000 to help them construct or substantially renovate their home. Strict eligibility criteria apply– for example, you’ll need to meet an income test, and be building a new home that’s worth less than $750,000 or a renovation that will cost at least $150,000. For more information visit our blog post here.
We can connect you with our finance specialist to discuss how to get started today.
The Perfect Parents or Teenagers Retreat from $205K
Looking for a dedicated area for you to escape the daily grind and kick back and relax? Our Resort Style Retreat Package is tailored to providing the extra space and lifestyle you are looking for.
Retreat Package from $205K
40m2 Second Storey Addition
1 open plan bedroom with integrated living area
1 large ensuite
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.
Terms and Conditions:
Build cost only, based on a 40m2 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.
Build a second storey addition from only $249K!
We have the perfect Family Value Package for you. Get the extra room and lifestyle you and your family have been looking for. This second storey addition package is packed with value and designer inclusions with plenty of additional room for you and your growing family.
|FAMILY VALUE PACKAGE|| UPGRADE TO OUR
Premium Family Value Package
|70m2 Second Storey Addition
3 bedrooms with BIR’s
1 living area
80m2 Second Storey Addition
1 master bedroom with ensuite & WIR
2 bedrooms with BIR’s
1 living area
|ONLY $249K!||ONLY $279K!|
This exclusive package is available for a limited time only.
Take advantage of the low-interest rates and maximise the value of your home by investing in the extra room for your family today.
Terms and Conditions: Build cost only, based on a 70m2 or 80m2 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:|
|Stamp Duty Based on a home valued at $1.1 million||$45,990|
|Real Estate Commission Based on a home valued at $1.1 million at 2% Commission||$22,000|
|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.