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Planning your new home`s design, renovating or extending your house is not just challenging, but also brings up a lot of questions about regulations, permits, town planning. The purpose of our Ask the Designer page is to give you lots of valuable information so you can get prepared. Have a browse through our topics and see if somebody has already asked something similar. Or to save time, type your question topic in the Search box and see what you find. If you can`t find the answer for you question, click on the orange Ask your question here button. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.


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(Extensions)Is it possible to add an additional level above my current existing single storey home? How can I keep the price manageable?

Yes you can! Extending your home is a great way to increase the value of your home while also tailoring your home to your needs. A few points to remember:

  • Try and keep the upper level walls lining up with your lower level.
  • Always design for the future rather than for your current needs.
  • Try and align heavy load areas such as bathrooms and study to sit on walls which can either support the weight or can be accessed and upgraded to handle the heavy load.
  • Avoid having upper external walls running over open spaces. The loads of these upper external walls need to be supported by heavy beams if spanning over large areas such as living areas.
  • Engineers will always be involved with two level extensions. By engaging with a structural engineer consultant at an early stage regarding issues such as walls being upgraded for heavier loads, it give you a clear picture regarding cost and how to minimise structural construction cost.

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