Second Storey Extensions

Sometimes it makes sense to go up. In many cases, particularly in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, blocks are tiny, and there is simply no scope to extend a house’s footprint. 

In other cases, a family may not want to compromise their backyard space, particularly if there is a pool area or much loved garden and landscaping. Sometimes there is the possibility of great views to be captured, and sometimes a second storey extension just feels like the best solution.

Spacemaker has completed hundreds of second storey extensions around Melbourne, and we are always thrilled to see the transformation our creations can make to our client’s lifestyles. 

One of the major advantages to adding a second storey extension is being able to free up space on the ground floor to allow for more living space. These days, what we require from our homes is very much geared towards melding indoor and outdoor living spaces, with large open plan kitchen/dining/living/alfresco areas designed for entertaining.

The driving force for home improvements is often the desire to provide space for large family get-togethers, or simply to create an inviting area for the family to relax and enjoy each other’s company. 

Upstairs bedrooms enable ground floor space to be used creatively for the best possible design to maximise space, flow and natural light in the kitchen and living areas while still addressing all the essentials.

These include a conveniently placed laundry, discreet powder room and abundant storage.  A thoughtfully placed staircase not only provides seamless access to the new first floor extension, it provides substantial scope for the wow factor, and can even become a major decorative feature for the home.


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A second storey extension also provides the opportunity for either a parents retreat or a TV/games area for the kids – or both.  A separate zone upstairs for children not only gives them their own space, it keeps mess and clutter away from the downstairs living areas.

A different approach may be to use the first floor addition as a living and entertaining area, with a bathroom and maybe even a kitchenette with a fridge. This allows amazing views to be shared with family and friends, not just from bedroom windows.  Alternatively, this space may be perfect for a private office when working from home.

Spacemaker has often been able to unlock stunning views and unexpected additional outdoor living space for our clients on tight blocks where backyards are tiny or almost non-existent, through a cleverly designed first floor extension. 

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By incorporating sizable balconies and roof-top living spaces into a second storey extension, we have been able to virtually double the outdoor living space available which, in inner suburban dwellings, is precious.  As well as the welcome extra space and opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, many of our clients have gained the added bonus of brilliant views of new year's eve fireworks displays!

Storage space is one of the most sought after items on clients’ wish-lists when undertaking a home improvement or home extension project.  A second storey extension can provide a means to use and access roof space for extra hidden storage.  This is a bonus particularly for homes on small blocks where the opportunities for storage are limited and where imaginative solutions may be required. Clearly, the lifestyle benefits of a second storey extension cannot be underestimated.

Things  to consider

Depending on the size and location of the second storey extension, it can be possible to carry out the work with minimal disruption to family life.  We may be able to completely seal off the affected part of the house, leaving an area of the existing home available for the residents to occupy while the building work is taking place, if that is their preference.

We find that some of our clients relish the construction process going on around them, getting to know our tradesmen and seeing the project come together. Others prefer to be well away from the hive of activity, with regular meetings on site revealing the surprise of what’s been achieved since their last visit.

Home extensions and renovations often come with their share of challenges, which is why those planning an extension should think carefully when selecting a home extension builder.  You need a builder with experience and expertise to construct a second storey extension, particularly on old homes, and to address planning and regulatory issues.

Spacemaker is well versed in working with Councils to address planning requirements, including heritage overlays, water sensitive urban design and any specific siting requirements or provisions individual councils may impose.

We have completed home extensions and renovations on many homes impacted by heritage overlays, and we are expert at working with Councils to achieve home extensions that tick all the boxes both in terms of meeting the relevant planning provisions, and most importantly, giving our clients the home they wish for.

As a full service design and construct builder, Spacemaker looks after all planning and building permits and approvals that are required for work to start on your home extension or renovation.  From the first visit with our designer, to the final finishing touches on your new space, you can be confident that Spacemaker will handle the entire process efficiently and professionally, always with a friendly personal touch. 

Why Spacemaker

With over 50 years of carrying out home improvements – including single storey extensions and first floor additions, as well as countless home renovations and alterations – Spacemaker’s quality, knowledge and experience are invaluable assets. 

We have carried out home extensions and renovations on thousands of homes over the years, and no two are the same. We have seen fashions and trends come and go, and we have seen the introduction of many new products and techniques.  Social media has opened up a world of possibilities and ideas for home improvements that we are excited to explore with our clients. Our experience has been instrumental when novel approaches and inventive solutions have been required for home extensions.  Spacemaker has worked on homes with no rear or side access, with ancient plumbing, no footings and family pets that could not be displaced (in one case, 5 pet snakes), among many other scenarios. There is always a solution! 

Spacemaker has a talented and dedicated design and construction team that has led the company to winning major industry awards on a regular basis over the past 50 years. Our staff are long term industry professionals who care about you and your goals, and who take immense pride in the final result. We find it immensely rewarding when we see the difference our extensions and renovations make to our clients lives, and the pride they have in their new surroundings.  This is what drives us and what we strive for.

Talk to us about your dream home extension or renovation today.  We’d love to hear from you.

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