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First Floor Additions


The biggest growth area is now undoubtedly second storey additions. With good economical vacant land limited in the Sydney area many people are now opting for a second storey addition in lieu of building a new home.

A 2nd storey addition can greatly increase the value of the home and be a good investment as well as adding more space and potentially open up views.

First floor additions are much less disruptive to home owners than standard additions as work is completed above the existing home rather than in the owners yard. We do NOT require owners to leave their home while construction takes place. Our workers will enter the house via a window to the 2nd storey, not through the front door. Only after internal linings will the staircase opening be opened up to the ground floor, minimising any disruption to the owners

There are a few items that require special attention for 2nd storey additions.

They include:

  • Transfer of points load
  • Installation method of waterproof tarp
  • Construction program until house is waterproof
  • Neighbours privacy
  • Light weight construction materials
  • Removal of existing ground floor walls to open up living
    areas

2nd storey additions require good organisation and access to a large carpentry team to ensure the waterproof stage is reached quickly, minimising the chance of leaks. 2nd storey additions are therefore not usually suitable to owner builders

For second storey additions to work well the builder needs very detailed planning, a dedicated hard working team of carpenters, attention to detail and above all patience. If the weather looks bad the project needs to be delayed at the appropriate time to minimise any leaks. Livingspace Building Pty Ltd is experienced at the process of second storey additions.

After signing building contracts we will not commence work on-site for a couple of weeks until a large amount of materials have been delivered to site so that no delays occur waiting for materials.


The exact cost of a second storey addition depends on the size of the addition and the amount of work required to the existing house. Some clients choose to remove ground floor internal walls to create more open space, cement render or paint the existing house, renovate bathrooms or kitchens and alike..

To confirm a budget price owners need to first have a "draft concept" plan prepared. This plan consists of a floor plan of the extension drawn to scale with a few basic dimensions, 1 or 2 elevations and a site plan. From this draft plan we can price the construction cost.

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