Benefits of double-storeys
Q Should you build a single or double-storey home?
A Once you’ve chosen the block of land in the suburb and estate you want to build in, the next decision you’ll need to make is whether to build a single or double-storey home.
The size and shape of the block you have purchased is likely to influence this decision.
If you have a smaller block, but have your heart set on a four by two house, for example, then a two-storey home may be the answer, whereas if you’ve purchased a large block a single-storey home is likely to be preferable.
In WA, single-storey homes are still the most popular design with the majority of buyers choosing the traditional Australian “bungalow” over a double-storey home. One of the reasons for the popularity of single-storey homes is that they tend to be more affordable, with double-storey homes costing, on average, about $20,000 to $50,000 more to build than a single.
As block sizes become increasingly smaller in the Perth metropolitan area, this mindset is likely to shift with the costs of land development and site acquisition affecting the average size of a building block.
In the instance where the block of land doesn’t allow for your single-storey building requirements, adding an additional level will help create the extra living space you require.
Beyond just being a solution for creating additional living room, double-storey homes also have plenty of additional benefits, such as the following:
They are easier to separate the living areas and bedrooms.
You can create multiple living options and areas.
They boast an impressive street presence, giving a heightened sense of grandeur.
Can provide you with extra room in your backyard.
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