Ben­e­fits of dou­ble-storeys

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Property - Sa­man­tha Jones Sa­man­tha Jones is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Western Aus­tralia.

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.

If you’re think­ing about build­ing a home, reiwa.com’s house and land fea­ture can as­sist with the process.

Use its patented “match­ing” tech­nol­ogy to see which house de­signs match which blocks.

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