32 Degrees Building Blog
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
Not ready to book? Check out our process and how we do things here.
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.
Get a $25,000 contribution towards your Addition, Extension or Renovation through the HomeBuilder Program
Eligible Australians will be able to obtain a $25,000 HomeBuilder grant towards their addition, extension or major renovation under the near – $700 million federal government housing package in a bid to boost the economy and act as a lifeline to the home construction industry (Homebuilder program).
The government announced the $688 million HomeBuilder program on Thursday 4 June 2020. In an attempt to boost new projects between now and the end of the year, the Government will give $25,000 grants to owner-occupiers for certain works on their homes.
These works include first floor/second storey additions, ground floor extensions and large scale renovations.
Renovation work does not include structures separate to the main property, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, granny flats and sheds.
The scheme will not apply to investment properties or owners who intend on building or renovating on their own without the help of licensed builders.
The plan will be restricted to people on middle incomes and to new homes and major renovations valued between $150,000 to $750,000.
The pre-renovation value of the house must not exceed $1.5 million and excludes sheds, pools, granny flats and any other structures not attached to the property.
The temporary scheme that will last until the end of the year, aiming to build 30,000 homes by Christmas.
Construction of a new home or a substantial renovation (including first floor additions, second storey additions and ground floor extensions) must be contracted to begin within three months to prevent a rise in house prices.
The grants will be means-tested, allowing singles who earned up to $125,000 the previous financial year and couples who earned up to $200,000 to access the scheme.
The scheme will work along existing state and territory first-home owner grants programs, stamp duty concessions and other grant schemes, including the federal government’s first-home loan deposit scheme and first-home super saver scheme.
Click the links below to download HomeBuilder Program Fact sheets
|HomeBuilder Fact Sheet|
Last updated: Thursday 4 June 2020
|HomeBuilder – Frequently asked questions|
Last updated: Thursday 4 June 2020
To take advantage of the HomeBuilder Program and secure your $25,000 grant, it is important that you start the planning process now.
Contact us now to discuss your first-floor addition, ground floor extension or large scale renovation project.
You’ve made a decision to invest in expanding your family home, but there are so many building companies out there, who do you contact and how do you select a builder and feel confident that you are making the right choice? What type of builder should you be looking for? And how can you avoid facing the common pitfalls and horror stories?
It can be a daunting process, and if you’re in the process of obtaining quotations for a potential second storey addition or ground floor extension on your home, you may be wondering why the quotes you do receive are coming back varying in price.
To help, we’ve compiled a list of items to consider when comparing the value of the quotations you are receiving.
What impacts a build cost? Put simply the following items below will all impact your quotation;
- Builders experience
- Building timeframes
- Allowances & inclusions
- Ambiguous quoting
- Items missed or not outlined clearly
- Service delivery and project management
So, how are all of the quotes so different in price?
It is quite normal to receive quotations and see a 5%-10% difference between them, any more than this would raise a red flag, and it is suggested that you approach your builder and ask the following questions to help determine where the cost differences may lie.
Is the quote apples for apples? Is it comparable?
It’s important to understand that allowance items and finishes are different between builders; for example, you may have an allowance for a $10K bathroom package vs a $3K bathroom package in your quotation. Immediately this will impact the build cost and also may be a deciding factor in the quality of the build you will receive.
How does the builder operate? Do they use employees or contractors?
If the builder is a smaller company, they may use contractors or have less employees, if this is the case, what are the timeframes for your build? The duration of the build may take longer, and you then have to weigh up the additional cost to you of a more prolonged disruption to your family and if you may incur potential additional rental or storage costs over this time. If they are a smaller builder, they may only complete 1-5 projects a year vs a medium-sized builder who completes 20-30.
This would then raise follow on questions of how long do they take to complete a build? How big is their team? And how will the project be managed? Will you be able to talk with the Project Manager during the build, will you have a site supervisor, how can you reach management if there is an issue, is there a support team in place to help guide you through the process?
If they use contractors or employees – how is the quality managed and how can they guarantee the timeframes?
By having employees, they are paid to turn up on time, every day as projected; this ensures no downtime and your project can run smoothly. Unfortunately, some contractors work to their own schedules which don’t always work in with the build and can result in delays. If they use contractors, can your builder guarantee the duration of your build and also the quality? What happens when something goes wrong with the quality, can they get the contractor back to resolve it or will there be project delays while they source someone else to resolve it? Where do you stand if there are delays in your build?
What type of contracts do you work with?
What type of contract used is important to understand very early on in the quoting process as this can have significant impacts to the cost of your build. We recommend only choosing a builder who is using fixed price building contracts such as the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Master Builders Association (MBA) contracts.
These contracts have been made easy to understand and contain space for the parties to fill out information such as the price, contract completion date, any excluded work.
What is a Fixed-Price Contract?
Fixed-price contracts are contracts where the price agreed upon is a fixed lump sum. This is the most common type of contract used for residential building works.
There are several ways in which the contract price can be changed. This includes ‘variations’, i.e. changes or additions to the scope of works. It also includes provisional sum items (allowances) which may not have been decided at the time the contract is entered into, such as bathroom/kitchen allowances. If the amount allowed is more than the cost of the item, then the owner will receive a credit. If the amount allowed is less than the cost, then a variation will be created.
Cost Plus Contract
An alternative to the fixed-price contract is a ‘cost plus’ contract. These contracts have a capacity to become very expensive, and you should carefully consider these contracts before entering into them as there is no upper limit for the final price.
These contracts differ from the fixed-price contracts as, rather than agreeing to a fixed-price for the building works, the owner agrees to cover the builder’s costs plus an agreed margin for any overheads and profit encountered by the builder. In other words, the price is the actual cost of the works plus the builder’s margin.
How we can help you with your addition, extension or renovation
Your home is one of the most significant investment decisions you will make in your lifetime, and it is an emotional purchase and, as exciting as it can be, it can also be quite stressful at the same time. You need to be able to put trust into who you are engaging with to ensure a positive outcome and stressfree seamless process and this means that it is not always about taking the cheapest quote. You should feel comfortable with being able to approach your builder and talk over your quotation to understand what is included and how you will fit in and work together on your home.
At 32 Degrees Building, we have a team to guide you through the process to help you understand your quote, the process and work together with you on your build. This includes having your own access to your own project management team during your build for peace of mind and quick response.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming second storey addition or ground floor extension with our team and receive a detailed build cost estimate, please reach out to us.
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The 32 Degrees Building Team acknowledge that we have a duty to provide a safe workplace without risks to the health and safety of our team and our clients.
This includes managing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, COVID-19 and reducing any impact this may have to our clients, team members and contractors.
We are still conducting business as usual and welcome you to contact us about your build. As a response to the current situation we have implemented the following:
For your reassurance, our builder Alistair will be following strict hygiene protocols when attending onsite consultations. He will refrain from contact and maintain distancing where possible. He carries hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes with him in the car to use before and after each consult. Alistair has also not been overseas in the last 14 days and has not been into contact with anyone that has tested positive with Coronavirus.
For those clients who are looking to build a second storey addition or have plans for an upcoming building project for quoting however you or a family member are unwell, you are self-isolating and/or would prefer to maintain social distancing from our builder, we are offering 20-30 min virtual video consultations*. Alistair can do a virtual walkthrough with you in your home to ascertain the scope and conduct a consultation with you remotely, addressing all of your questions, providing a quotation to you via email in 2-3 business days.
*virtual consultations are not available for extensions that do not have plans already drawn/prepared as an onsite consultation is required for these.
All of our onsite team have been provided with sanitiser and disinfectant wipes that will be used throughout the day and at the end of each day. Where possible our team members will work in the same groups to minimise the risk of exposure to our members if one person was to become infected. We are also practising distancing by limiting face to face contact with clients and refraining from any contact with each other. If any member of our team displays symptoms, they are being sent home until clearance is provided.
As new information becomes available, we are keeping our team well informed so they can respond swiftly and appropriately. While the circumstances continue to change and we modify our operations as necessary, we thank you for your patience and cooperation. As new developments occur, be assured we are committed to taking care of our clients and team members.
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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!