What is the difference between Smart Home Additions and 32 Degrees Building?
At Smart Home Additions we control the design of your addition. We build your addition on load bearing walls that are currently present in your home. This assists us in reducing the amount of steel required whilst making your addition more affordable.
At 32 Degrees Building you can custom design your addition. The sky is the limit and there are endless possibilities on how your addition can be built.
Once we have received your details, our team will contact you to schedule an appointment for us to come meet with you.
I don’t know what my budget is, why do I have to provide one?
Don’t overthink this! We don’t expect you to know how much the build will cost. However, as the home owner you will have an idea of how much you have/can borrow to complete the works. We need to know this so that we can advise you if this amount is realistic. We don’t want to waste your time and we will be honest and upfront with you right from the start.
I already have plans, can you help?
Smart Home Additions are a full service design to construction builder. If you already have plans please reach out to 32 Degrees Building.
How long will a first floor addition take to build?
Generally, we allow 14-16 weeks for our 70m2 first-floor addition package.
The timeframes can be longer depending on the size of the build, the type of inclusions and for forces outside of our control such as wet weather, supplier delays.
Knockdown rebuild vs Extending your home
A lot of people contact us and ask us if it’s cheaper to knock down and rebuild rather than extending and improving on their existing home.
Our answer? Quite simply. No.
If you can, it is always recommended to extend and improve on your existing home. To knock down your home would mean that you have to relocate for the duration of the build so you need to allow for removalist and storage costs plus rental fees for at least 6 months.
There is also the added cost of demolition and waste removal of an entire home as well as disconnecting and reconnecting your services plus not forgetting the cost of providing everything new including flooring, fittings, landscaping, driveway etc…
Do we have to move out while the building works for my home extension are going on?
Safety for your family and ours is our number 1 concern and our project manager will communicate any potential risks to you ahead of the build starting.
The most critical and dangerous stage of your build is demolition and construction of the floor frame of the second storey addition. For these stages, we require you to vacate as power will be cut to the entire home for this period of time (approx. 2 weeks)
After this time, you can return to your home if you want to while we continue you with the rest of the build.
Your site supervisor will keep you updated on the progress stages of the job so that you know which part of the house they will be working on at any given time.
Can I add a first floor addition to my home even if it is not made from brick?
Absolutely, we can add a second storey addition onto any home and haven’t yet come across one that we couldn’t.
During the Construction Certificate process, we will obtain a first-floor structural engineers certificate to confirm that your home is structurally sound. The engineer will advise as to whether additional steel is required to support the structure of your addition.
Can I add a first floor addition to my home if it has steel frames?
Unfortunately, we cannot add a first-floor addition/second storey addition onto your home if it has steel frames. The reason for this is because steel frames are not designed to withstand a load on top them. A house built with steel frames needs to be built as a two-storey home when it is initially built.
If you would like to add more room to your home and you have steel frames you can build a ground floor extension.