Why Go Up? The Benefits of Adding a Second Storey

Period homes often have a layout not suited to a modern lifestyle and are improved with extra space and a better designed layout. Adding a second storey addition is the best option for homes with site constraints such as narrow blocks, small blocks and allowing owners to keep their current yard size.

The benefits to building a second storey include:

  • Usually more cost effective than adding to the ground floor
  • No excavation
  • No retaining walls
  • No new slab or footings
  • Less cost for site works
  • Avoiding issues like tree root barriers and access to backyard
  • Adding elevated views of vista into your home
  • Better layout options and zoning of living spaces
  • Maximise backyard space
  • Adding capital value
  • Less costly than purchasing new home (no property. Legal or moving fees or taxes)

Adding a second storey extension means you can make changes to the ground floor simultaneously. Often we need to make some structural changes such as supports and this can provide opportunities to add substantial changes to your ground floor. Our building and design team can discuss with you the renovations we can make to improve your ground floor.

It may be adding a grand entrance with a feature staircase and high ceiling. Replacing existing windows and adding full wall glass sliding doors onto your backyard. Raising ceilings or adding voids to areas on the ground floor. And creating a new facade for your home.

Double Storey Extension – Staircase Design

Thoughtful design in the location and style of your staircase for a double storey extension will mean beautiful and well crafted stairs that sit in the perfect place. At VED we look at a staircase as more than just a structural element that links the upstairs and downstairs. They should be designed to make a statement and give your home character that suits your style. 

  • Traditional timber staircase
  • Modern staircase
  • Grand staircase
  • Glass encased with no handrail
  • Beach style staircase
  • Country style staircase
  • Transitional staircase
  • Industrial staircase
  • Eclectic staircase
  • Period/heritage staircase
  • Custom staircase 

Apart from the design and style, the location should not compromise your downstairs functional space. Our design team at VED have years of experience in staircase design and positioning. Our Architect can identify the best option for your home and then our design team will discuss your design ideas to plan a beautifully crafted staircase for you second storey renovation. 

Why choose VED to build with?

With over 30 years of building and design experience our team at VED are professionals you can trust with your home. We are family owned and operated and our principals Chris and Robert Laukhart oversee every project personally. Both have a background in trade and design and founded VED. in 1987. Our craftsmanship and architectural design is distinct and of high quality.

  • Fixed Price Contract – No hidden charges or surprises
  • Guaranteed Start and Completion Date
  • All design and construction planning work in-house 
  • Architect designed drawings
  • Extensions to meet your budget 
  • Heritage Home Overlays – double storey extensions
  • Leading double storey builders Melbourne

Adding a double storey extension to your home means extra space and a layout to suit your lifestyle. Not to mention the extra value adding to your property price. Often our clients build a second storey extension to enable them to stay in their current home and area, but also to gain a lot more living space for a their growing families. 

Custom Second Storey Renovation

Building a double storey addition to your existing home requires a builder and design team with experience and a deft touch. If your home is built in a period style like Edwardian, Calafornian or Victorian, our builders and architect can design a concept in keeping with the period style. We provide a concept meeting in your home and will give you freehand extension plan concept drawing plus an idea of the cost for a double storey extension. 

By meeting in your home we can see the building and site which along with your design ideas giving us the best ideas for planning and design. Your design is custom and planned to your lifestyle and homes architecture. We build on all styles of homes from midcentury to modern and art deco to post war. 

Victorian Extension Design (VED) is a leading custom home builder located in Hawthorn East. For over 30 years our team has been partnering with clients in the inner east suburbs of Hawthorn, Camberwell, Ivanhoe, Malvern, Balwyn and surrounding suburbs. We deliver high quality double storey extensions with architectural features and period perfect designs. For further information or advice contact us today.




383 Tooronga Rd
Hawthorn East VIC 3123, Australia
+61 3 9832 1900