Double storey homes are increasing in popularity throughout Perth. They offer many advantages including space upstairs for bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage. A one storey bungalow can often fail to provide residents with the space that they require.
One of the most common requests we get at Portrait Custom Homes is for double storey homes. We also enjoy working with customers to design these spaces creatively and functionality. Having a second storey to work with offers more flexibility when it comes to design, and you can often even work out more square metres of space in the home overall compared to a single storey home.
With Portrait Custom Homes, you can create a two-storey home that stands out from the others in the neighborhood of your choice. We’ll guide you through the entire home build process as we create a bespoke home that meets your needs and your budget.
How to decide whether a double storey house is right for you
While a two storey home is not for everyone (especially if you dislike going up and down stairs), they can provide a lot of flexibility for homeowners.
To start with, you’ll want to consider your property size. Single storey homes take up more square metres of ground, so if your lot is smaller or has restrictions in places for clearance, a double-storey house might be a better option.
Here are some other reasons we hear our customers choose to build double storey homes in Perth:
Cost: A double storey home actually costs less per square metre with its foundation size.
Privacy: Traditionally, bedrooms on the second floor separate sleeping space from gathering areas below.
Utilities: It’s actually easier and cheaper to run plumbing and electrical work since everything travels shorter distances.
Views: Depending on location, you can take in cityscapes or nature from windows on upper floors.
Garden: Since you’re building up, you can use your property for outdoor entertainment and enjoyment.
How long does it take to build a double storey house?
This will vary depending on the size of the home. Developer spec homes can take between 8-12 months on average to complete. For custom work, a double story home could take up to 18 months. This is also affected by factors out of a builder’s control such as supply availability and deliveries, weather conditions, permit approvals, and the complexity of any requested finishes.
What is the cost to build a double story house in Perth?
First, you’ll need to factor in any costs to purchase property if you have not done so already. This will be completely variable depending on where and how big of a lot you choose. The cost of the actual home build will also vary. There are so many factors that can affect the pricing, most of which come down to the quality of finishes you choose.
In Perth and Western Australia, new home builds typically cost between $1,400-2,700 per square metre. With the average house sized at 186m2 in Australia, this places the total cost from $260,400-502,200.
Are there ways to save on the cost of a double storey house?
By choosing a double storey house design, you are already saving in one way. These floor plans are almost always cheaper than a single storey home since they take up less of a footprint on the property.
Another thing to keep in mind is the cost creep that comes with adding on during the build itself. Homeowners get excited as they see their new home come to life. But this can translate into extra spending or upgrades. Be careful not to make too many changes, or you’ll see your costs rise.
You can also explore mid-range options for fixtures and appliances. Everyone wants high-end and luxury finishes, but these are two areas where costs can skyrocket. Shop around for a designer look with a more wallet-friendly price, and you can save in the long term.
How to choose a professional builder for your double storey house
Where you will not want to cut corners in order to save is with the builder you choose. You must make sure that your contractor is licensed, insured, and well-versed in building the type of home you want in the area you want it. Make sure your builder understands local ordinances and approval procedures, and it is always helpful if they have connections with a variety of local tradies to help move things along.
Here are some other questions you can ask as you consider which builder is right for you.
Can you provide references or referrals for a similar project?
How do you manage communication so clients understand progress?
How many years of experience do you have building homes like this?
Are you comfortable modifying plans to make this house exactly how I want it?
How do you handle payment and fee structures to prevent unforeseen expenses?
Do you have a sample project plan that outlines your process?
What warranties or guarantees do you back your workmanship with?
Why choose Portrait Custom Homes for your double storey house
Led by Rob Hyde and over 20 years of experience creating homes throughout Perth, Portrait Custom Homes builds with quality so you can have confidence. Every customer is treated uniquely with a custom plan right from the start. We make sure that you love every design detail before we take any step forward in approvals, permitting, or spending.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the entire build process through our dedicated client portal. There you can see exactly how things are moving forward, submit questions, or request a site visit. Our goal is to deliver the home of your dreams on time and on budget.
If you’re considering a double storey house in Perth for your upcoming build, call the experts at Portrait Custom Homes on (08) 9317 8941 today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Double Storey House Builds in Perth
Why is it cheaper to build a double storey house instead of a single storey?
Per square foot, a single-story house is more costly to build than a double story home. There is a larger footprint which means that the builder will need more foundation and roofing materials. And because the plumbing and heating/AC systems need to extend the length of the house, you’ll need bigger (and costlier) systems.
Can you turn the house plans for a single storey home into a two storey one?
In many cases, this can be done with the assistance of a home designer or architect. It may be more efficient and cost effective for you to share examples of floor plans you like and have a builder work with you to find one that fits best. They may already have something ready to go that’s quite similar, only requires a few adjustments, and already accounts for the structural needs of the double storey house design.
Are double storey houses less energy efficient?
Actually, they can be more energy efficient than a single storey home. This is largely a result of having a lower surface area, or smaller roof per square metre, that can give off or take on heat. Double storey homes also have more compact plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems. This means you’re likely to spend less maintaining air and water temperatures throughout your home.
Is there a limit to how high my two-storey home can be?
To start with, any building plans will need to be approved by the proper regulators and code enforcers. If you’re dreaming of an extra tall structure resplendent with rooftop decks, balconies, and more, you’ll want to make sure your builder performs an independent assessment to ensure compliance with building regulations.
These standards and limits vary throughout Western Australia, often based on baselines like high-tide marks or established natural ground levels. Ultimately, your local council will dictate this, and it’s likely there will be a limitation of some sort on the height of your home.
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