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Adding a Second Storey Extension

14 April 2016
By KM

With Australia ranked third most unaffordable major housing market in 2015 (according to the 12th Annual Demographic International Housing Affordability Survey), grown up children often cannot afford to leave and are living with their parents for longer. Melbourne and Sydney families are particularly feeling the pinch. 

Adding an extension will provide you and your family with more room to move without having to actually move. It’s the obvious go-to solution when you love your home and suburb but need the additional space to live comfortably and cohesively. And it saves you money.

The next step is to decide whether to build a ground floor extension into your existing backyard or to build a second storey extension, by removing the roof and going up!

There are many advantages in building a second storey extension and although most older homes are structurally capable of supporting a second storey, certification from a structural engineer needs to be obtained to determine your homes suitability. Newer homes, particularly if built on waffle pod slabs may not be suitable depending on how the slab was engineered.

Second storey extensions are ideal in maximising square footage on a small block. Building upwards rather than outward avoids excavation costs, removal of trees and allows you to retain your outdoor space.  A well designed second storey extension will add value, look seamless, improve your lifestyle and give you access to great views if they’re at hand.

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Do your research. Your first port of call should be your local council. There are many council rules and regulations that have to be factored when designing your second storey extension. It ensures the extension design complies and does not affect adversely your neighbours and their right to enjoy their property. 

If you dont know where to start, a Design Consultant from Supa Group will have all the answers. 

When designing the new upper floor extension, most home owners will take advantage of adjusting the ground floor layout so that it flows and blends harmoniously with the new spaces created on the upper floor. A second storey extension is ideal for creating specific zoned areas. Most commonly, children’s bedrooms with bathroom and living area is created on the upper floor allowing additional space to the ground floor for a spacious parents retreat.

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Over our 40 years we have built over a thousand second storey extensions all over Melbourne, including Balwyn, Kew, Northcote, Ivanhoe and Fairfield.

At Supa Group, with the use of an architectural 3D Computer programme, we allow clients to see how their second storey extension will look like completed. This includes a two dimensional floorplan, elevations of the exterior and finally an internal 3D furnished viewing of the newly created spaces. 

  • “The quality of tradesmen Supa Group employ are very good. Our original home was built by a volume builder and doesn't compare to the workmanship displayed by Supa Groups tradesmen.”

    Steve and Anna of Pascoe Vale South
  • “The works commenced in November and as promised the second storey was at lock up well before Christmas.”

    John and Grazie of Box Hill North
  • “Our previous experience of builders has not been great, however we immediately experience a far more professional, friendly and reliable approach.”

    David and Kathryn of Wantirna
  • “A big Thank You for a smooth project throughout all its stages, which did not interfere with our busy household of seven.”

    Naso and Eva of Bulleen
  • “Thank you for working with us over the last year to make our dream of renovating our much loved home a reality.”

    Mark and Catherine of Hampton
  • “Wez and I were very touched by the kind thoughts and flowers we received for our family loss, we warmly thank you so very much...and this is Supa Group!!!”

    Wez and Pina of Rowville
  • “You get results that make you smile every time you come home and open the front door. You get a home that brings you joy.”

    Steve and Jenny of Watsonia
  • “The Design process was like no other we have experienced. We were excited from day one and we are still smiling from ear to ear.”

    Kleanthis and Emma of Oakleigh East
  • “Our building supervisor Braidon Marshall was absolutely fantastic. He was friendly, approachable and accessible when we had a few issues out of hours. We sprung a leak on one rather rainy night, and he came to the rescue after his birthday dinner no less!”

    Danny and Melissa of Coburg
  • “The pleasant demeanor, accommodation of questions and assistance through the process has provide us with a feeling of a priority client. ”

    Peter and Louise of Alphington
  • “What was really impressive was that the building works were completed in an incredible 6 weeks!!!!”

    Chris and Michelle of Camberwell
  • “I highly recommend anyone to consider Supa Group for an extension on their home. I am absolutely delighted we chose Supa Group to make our dreams come true!”

    Tony and Claire
  • “We are very happy in our new home and we would like to thank all the staff at supagroup.”

    Dale and Cristina, Port Melbourne
  • “Supa Group has done a great job capturing our vision with the original ideas and plans we had in mind and the result is better than we would have expected.”

    Con and Daniella, East Keilor
  • “From initial plans right through to the end Supagroup have been polite, professional and super efficient and well organised. Thanks to everyone at Supagroup for helping realise my dreams.”

    Claudia, West Footscray
  • “We have no hesitation in recommending Supa Group and we have already started in our Church community, neighbourhood and Tin's work place.”

    David and Tina, Gladstone Park
  • “We would not hesitate to recommend Supa Group to any family or friends who may consider a house extension.”

    George & Elizabeth, Maidstone
  • “The end result has exceeded my expectations. Not only is the end result stunning but also the manner in which it was achieved was exemplary. I would have no hesitation in recommending Supa Group to others considering extending their homes.. ”

    Jane, Blackburn
  • “...we were looking for a no fuss solution, which would require as little input from us as possible. We certainly found that with the Supa Group. We found you professional and timely right throughout the building phase.”

    Peter and Rose, Taylors Lakes
  • “My family and I would like to thank you for your excellent quality of work done on our second level extension. It's been an exciting six months watching our house turn into the home we were hoping for.”

    Tom and Vicky, Mill Park
  • “We have found the whole experience of a new extension something interesting and exciting and are delighted to recommend Supagroup to our friends and neighbours.”

    Tim and Kathy, Beaconsfield
  • “Every day we look around and are amazed at what has been achieved. ...our journey with Supa Group has been amazing to say the least. ”

    Damian and Anthea
  • “We would not hesitate in recommending Supa Group to others that are thinking of renovating or extending.”

    Maria and Vince