When 2 is better than 1 - How we build second story extensions

When 2 is better than 1 – How we build second story extensions
November 25, 2019 Total Lifestyle Builders

If you’re starting to think about selling your house because you don’t have enough room anymore due to an expanding family, think again, because extensions often work out less expensive than moving house. Adding a second story to a home that you’ve grown to love and made ‘yours’ could be a more economical and convenient solution. Many people think that extending or renovating means temporarily moving out, however, with the majority of our second story extension builds, our clients remain living at home where possible without the extension being too much of an inconvenience, which saves on expensive temporary accommodation costs. At Total Lifestyle Builders, we’re experienced in building second story extensions and major home renovations to suit whatever our client request. In this blog, we’ll share our step by step process of what’s involved in a second story extension.

1. Open-up the roof (for the proposed extension)

This is pretty straight forward. To build upwards, we must first remove the roof portion to allow the proposed extension to take place.

2. Modify the trusses (cut out what’s in the way and add structural support where needed)

Then we will remove anything that is in the way to allow the floor to be built and add in extra support to safely build the extension.

3. Build the new 2nd-level floor

The floor is then laid, which starts to give the extension life. Once the floor is laid down we move on to safety precautions for the exterior portion of the project.

4. Install scaffolding

Safety is paramount in any worksite, and TLB takes workplace health and safety very seriously. This is where the scaffolding is installed for safe building measures while our team build the exterior of the new story.

5. Build the external wall frame

This step is where the foundation of the walls are built. Structural integrity is critical, and the frames are set in place to form a skeleton for the rest of the build to take place around them.

6. Fit roof trusses

Roof trusses are next. This is where we follow the design to either mimic what was removed initially (in new material, of course) or to change the design of the original home to better suit today’s modern aesthetics.

7. Add bracing and structural tie-down

More reinforcing is now added to ensure rigidity is strong.

8. Fit roofing

Now the roofing is fit. Generally, the original style of roof is replicated when adding a second story extension so that the renovation and new section of the house is seamlessly integrated with the original dwelling.

9. Fit external wall cladding

Wall cladding is then added to the frame. This is considered the ‘skin’ of the walls. It provides an area for the insulation to fit within when the project reaches that stage.

10. Electrical & plumbing “rough-in.”

This is where the plumbers and electricians work their magic. The cables and pipework are installed into place before a multitude of other steps are completed. This allows them to work freely and ensures that there will be no need to cut holes or alter finished parts of the project at a later date.

11. Fit insulation

Insulation is then installed. Not only does insulation ensure that we stay warm in winter, but it actively repels heat during the warmer months due to absorbing the energy of the sun.

12. Install stairs

Stairs are then installed to give access to the new second story. Again, we work closely with our clients to allow them to include any type of stair design that they want. We also design the location of the stairs to fit in with the lower story as naturally as possible.

13. Plasterboard

Plasterboard is now installed to give the new space a somewhat finished feeling.

14. External rendering

As with the majority of brick veneer homes, rendering is now a common occurrence so that the home does not appear to be designed by an architect from the 1970s. While bricks are still commonly used and are excellent for strength, price and availability, they’re not overly appealing or easy on the eye. External rendering is a great way to get the best of both worlds.

15. Carpentry fit off

Cabinet makers then work their magic and complete the internal fit off. Benches, doors, cupboards and railings are installed.

16. Internal waterproofing

Then the bathrooms are waterproofed to ensure that no water leaks anywhere. Incorrectly waterproofed bathrooms can cost thousands to fix and sometimes the damage is incomprehensible.

17. Tiling

The tilers then finish the bathroom off with the client’s choice of predetermined tiles. Now the second story extension is starting to take shape.

18. Painting

The exterior and interior of the house are then painted.

19. Remove scaffold

Once the scaffold comes down, the house starts to show it’s character. This is often when the clients get a real feel for the work that has been completed and they are often eager to utilise the space.

20. Electrical & plumbing fit off

The final stage of the project is the electrical and plumbing fit off. Faucets, taps, drains, toilets, electricity sockets, lights, air conditioners and fans are installed.

21. Professional clean

Obviously, no job is complete without a professional clean, and we always leave our clients home in the same state that it was when we started the work. Clean, neat and tidy.

This list may seem overwhelming, but to seasoned builders such as ourselves, it’s run of the mill. It is worth mentioning that often clients think they need to move out of their home when a second story extension takes place. This is, however, not the case. Total Lifestyle Builders have completed many extensions and second story additions with our clients living happily in their homes, almost unaware of the building that is taking place above them.

Are you interested in adding a second storey extension to your home? Look no further than Total Lifestyle Builders. With decades of experience specialising in second storey extensions, we will work with you to redesign your house, developing a customised solution for your family. Make the most of your block without sacrificing land area and stay in your own home during the build process! Contact Total Lifestyle Builders today to get started!

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