Our client had outgrown their small home, the children had outgrown their bedrooms and were overflowing into other areas, which was compounded by a lack of living space. Their project-built home was quite dated and suffering from 20+ years of wear-and-tear. With soon-to-be teenage children plus extended family members regularly visiting from overseas, they needed more space to live but didn’t want to leave their community.
The decision was made to build a second-storey extension, this made sense as the family wanted a home with separate bedroom and living zones (private / public), a new kitchen plus a fresh, modern update to the exterior.
From the outset, one of the client’s main requests was that we ensure any improvements to the house would increase its value, consequently they were very involved in the design process.
The bedrooms were moved upstairs so as to separate the bedrooms from the living area. The upstairs layout incorporated a new master bedroom with Ensuite and walk-in-robe. The children each got their own bedroom with a shared bathroom and the original ground floor master bedroom was converted into a guest room for extended family.
On the ground floor the heart of the house was opened up to form a large family-friendly living space complete with a large, central kitchen. This resulted in spaces where all members of the family could get-together or have their own private space, while retaining an open feel.
The final result provided the family with the space they needed while significantly improving the property’s value.
Externally, the carport was enclosed to form a garage and a new front entry portico was added to give the main entry a focus and provide the house with a balanced look.
This second storey extension plus work to the front of the house have transformed a typical project-built suburban house into a special home with great street appeal.