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Maintaining a home

Four clever ways to extend your home


Love where you live but finding your home isn’t big enough for your growing family? It could be time to extend.

Extending your home is a great way to give you more space, turning a house you’re having second thoughts about into a forever home. It also gives you the chance to add a personalised touch while making the most out of your available area.

Here are four clever ways to extend and revamp your home.

Add another storey

Adding another level to your home is a straightforward way to double the living space while significantly adding value.

Before getting building approval, you’ll need to check with your local council as to whether an additional storey is possible. When you’re ready to proceed, make sure to hire a reputable and registered builder for the construction work, as they will be able to expertly guide you through any renovation requirements. Some builders offer pre-drawn plans to purchase, or you can customise your own with the help of an architect or draftsperson.

While a second-storey extension can maximise your space, it can also take a long time to complete, so you’ll need to consider where you’ll live while the building work is being done.

Extend downwards

Queenslanders are beautiful homes – built from timber with wraparound verandas and raised high to catch the breeze. What’s not to love? But often the ground floor of a Queenslander is extra space you can utilise.

Why not turn this area into a kids’ wing with a couple of bedrooms and a games room, or add a guest suite with a bathroom? This will ensure your Queenslander retains its good looks while adding some extra functionality. It will likely be more cost effective and faster to complete than a second storey extension, too.

Consider a garage conversion

If you’re on a tight budget but really need some extra space, consider converting your garage into an extra room. This could be used as an office, guest room, kids’ rumpus room or additional living area. You’ll probably need to add flooring, insulation, electrical outlets and possibly a window or entrance – but this can be more economical than building up. And if you already park your cars on the verge or the driveway you won’t lose any space.

Add a granny flat

They’re not just for grandparents! A tiny home addition to your backyard can be used as a guest room, home office, gym, teen retreat, or play space for the kids.

If you build a granny flat as the centrepiece of your garden, then you can also use it as an entertainment space to host barbecues or even use the area as a theatre room.

Don’t discount the opportunity to make some extra income either. Installing a granny flat with a kitchenette and bathroom will allow you to rent the space out, assuming council restrictions in your local area allow.

The choices are endless

If your family is growing, it might be time to consider growing the footprint of your home, too. Even if you outgrow your extension, you will have added some significant value to your property if you decide to sell. It’s also important to consider the resilience of your home and how that may affect its future value. Speaking of which - Suncorp Insurance has gathered some great resources for renovating your home to help make it more resilient.

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Up, down, extension or renovation, there are so many creative ways to add space to your home. But if you’re struggling to decide, it might pay to hire an architect or draftsperson to walk you through some options so you can make the best decision.

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