Single Storey Extensions

A single storey extension can be the perfect solution when you have outgrown your home but love your neighbourhood.

Sometimes it’s just not possible to achieve what you need within your existing walls.  Even a clever home renovation may not solve the problem if you need an extra bedroom, more living space, a second bathroom or more storage.

The advantages of staying where you are and adding a single storey extension are undeniable.  You'll save on real estate fees, legal bills, moving costs and stamp duty, as well as the time and stress involved in searching for another property. Then there are the emotional benefits of staying in the location you know and love.

Upgrading your home with a single storey extension is an exciting and rewarding process.  There are many examples of stunning results that have been achieved from this type of extension and renovation project. Even a relatively small single storey extension can have a huge impact on your ability to live, work and play in your home.

Well-constructed single storey home extensions can be a fantastic way to generate valuable living space, or finally achieve the design style of your dreams. As your family grows and lifestyle priorities change, it's important that your home evolves too.

The possibilities for change are endless.  Modern homes are synonymous with inviting open-plan designs flooded with light and a sense of spaciousness.  From creating a light, airy, open-plan living area to creating a getaway bedroom for your teenager, single storey extensions offer a practical way forward. Another bonus is that in many cases, you may be able to live in your house while the works are going on.

At Spacemaker, we have carried out hundreds of single storey home extensions, and we find it immensely rewarding when we see the difference even relatively small extensions and renovations make to our clients lives. 


Every project is different, but some of the more common reasons our clients come to us for a ground floor extension include:

  • more entertaining space (either inside or out)
  • a light-filled studio
  • a powder room with convenient access from living areas
  • a working-from-home space/office

  • an alfresco dining area (which effectively provides another living space)
  • an additional bathroom
  • a relaxation zone, such as a home theatre
  • better storage

  • a bigger, more effective kitchen
  • a butler’s pantry
  • an ensuite and walk-in robe attached to the main bedroom, to provide a parent’s zone.
Budget saver

Giving your existing home a facelift is often a more cost effective solution than a new build or buying a bigger house. You'll save on real estate fees, legal bills, moving costs, stamp duty and a host of other relocation expenses. 

When deciding between a home extension and relocating to a new home, often the real cost of relocation is overlooked.  These costs are sometimes greater than 8% of the value of the home – funds that could make a substantial contribution towards the cost of a renovation or extension on your existing home.

A single storey extension is generally more affordable than building a second storey extension. While the foundation needs to be solid, less serious structural work is needed to accommodate a new first floor.

The perfect design

Getting the right team on board to undertake single storey home extensions is crucial.

Spacemaker’s professional designers work with you to create a design that effortlessly complements your existing home.  The right planning, collaboration and creativity can produce ingenious ideas for a successful ground floor addition that perfectly balances functionality with visual impact.

House extensions and renovations give you the freedom to unleash your personality into your home. It can be deeply exhilarating, exciting and addictive to make decisions on everything from the number of bedrooms and type of storage space to the design style of your home.

Spacemaker has numerous repeat clients who have enjoyed the building process so much, they have confidently returned to us to repeat the process when they’ve moved on to their next home.

More accessible

Single storey home extensions are appealing for families with young children keen to explore stairs, or with older household members who may find climbing up and down a challenge. Ground floor households can also be more easily adapted for those with mobility or other special needs.

Full service builder

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.  Our experienced team manages everything from external design, drafting and project management to council approvals.

As a full service design and construct builder, Spacemaker looks after all planning and building permits and approvals required to start on your home extension or renovation. 

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. We are also experts 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.

Why Spacemaker

For over 50 years, Spacemaker has been operating as one of Melbourne’s most awarded and reputable home renovation and extension builders.  It’s our specialty, and the knowledge and experience we have gained over the years is invaluable.

We feel privileged to have changed the lives of so many families for the better through creating quality home extensions tailored to meet their lifestyles.

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.

If you are considering a renovation, single storey extension, second storey extension or custom new home, Spacemaker’s friendly, knowledgeable design team can guide you through the decision making process. 

We meet with our clients over multiple sessions to ensure we listen to and understand, your vision. We will provide innovative design ideas to meet your living requirements and budget. The process also includes detailed documentation and extensive site investigations.

With our well-established process, it's our mission to make single storey extensions streamlined and stress free. For greater peace of mind, we also offer genuine fixed prices. This transparency of process means you know exactly what's included (or not) before construction begins.

To find out more about the Spacemaker approach to single storey home extensions, contact us today. We’d love to hear from you.


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