Adding a second storey onto a character home

Adding a second storey onto a character home

From Claremont to Victoria Park, Perth is peppered with beautiful heritage homes. If you are fortunate enough to own one, no doubt you will want to retain the priceless charm of the home when undertaking house extensions.

Adding a second storey is a popular home extension option, giving you extra space and capturing views without infringing upon your outdoor areas. Our renovation builders (Perth) have successfully upsized many character homes. If you’re dreaming about the second storey potential of your own character home, here’s a succinct guide to get you started:

  1. Be a sticky beak!

Chances are, you’ve begun to take a strong interest in neighbouring character homes that have already added a second storey. Why not strike up a conversation with the owners for some home renovation insights?

You can also peek inside beautiful character house renovations on our website, from a 1930’s Californian Bungalow that now houses three generations under the one roof to a renovated 1920’s manor style home.

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2. Know your limits

Character home improvements can be guided by certain requirements and restrictions, such as local council covenants or possible heritage listings. What’s more, adding a second storey to a character home must work around the delicate detailing on the first level, which brings functional variations into play. For a smooth home renovation journey, it’s best to know as much as possible upfront, which is something a Summit Home Improvement design consultant can help you with!

3. Decide how you want to extend

You can add a second storey to your character home using either traditional or modular extension methods. A modular second storey can greatly benefit your home renovations (Perth) by speeding up the entire process whilst also allowing you to stay in your home during the house improvements. Our renovation builders are well experienced in making sure both home levels are optimised during the house extensions. For example, when adding a second storey to a Claremont character home, we utilised space within a WIR for the staircase so that it did not impact the original home’s light-filled layout.


4. Style sensitivities

Choose a renovation builder that appreciates the distinct era of your home, such as those subtle style nuances that make your home beautifully unique. We can help you pinpoint your home’s best features and make sure they shine, such as a rare stone fireplace or ornate cornicing.

5. Seamless extensions

Given the vintage nature of character homes, it is crucial to add a second storey with some subtlety so that it doesn’t overpower the existing home. Your character home renovations should blend seamlessly with the original both internally and externally, maximising the kerbside appeal. Our renovation builders are passionate about uniform second storey extensions – we were proudly awarded the Master Builders Award for a character home in Kensington, where we achieved a vast second storey extension that flawlessly integrated with the original home.


Choose character and class with Summit Home Improvements

From adding a second storey to bathroom renovations and kitchen renovations, our renovation builders can greatly enrich the class and character of your heritage home, while servicing your modern family’s every need.

To arrange your obligation-free design consultation for zero cost, call our renovation builders (Perth) today on 6365 2901!