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5 factors to consider when purchasing a two storey home in Perth

Building a home of your own is a big step. With Residential Building WA by your side, you don’t have to navigate your journey unguided. As Perth’s best value two storey home builder, we’re here for you every step to ensure your new home building experience exceeds every last one of your expectations.

Start with choosing a double storey design that is built better, faster and more affordably, and consider each of the following elements in your decision making process.

1. Budget

Double the home, double the price? This is a common misconception and not necessarily the case. With Perth’s land prices, smaller blocks are a much more economically friendly decision, allowing for an affordable double storey home, so you can have all of the internal room you require, without losing your outside space. Since you’ll be saving on the block, you might look towards ticking other boxes on your dream home checklist like location, design and finishings.

Builders are always looking to optimise with innovative ways to build double storey homes to save you time and money – and Residential Building WA is leading the way. By thinking smarter and taking applying the very best new technologies, we can deliver your home at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Using lightweight upper floor construction methodology, a building technique that uses a double brick floor and a lightweight upper floor using Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), your Residential Building WA home is built faster, which reduces costs. 

Our team of dedicated home building professionals are the experts in delivering affordable, quality two storey homes to the families of Perth and have created a collection of affordably priced 2 storey designs.

2. Location

Location, location, location! It’s the hot topic on everyone’s lips. Where you would like to live will have a big impact on the style of house that you build. Outer suburbs and regional areas tend to have larger blocks suited to single storey properties. However, if you want to be centrally located, the typically smaller blocks favour a two storey home.

Recent data from rea.com.au supports that more and more people are choosing to move closer to the city. But this is not always achievable in today’s competitive market. One of the more affordable options to get into a home of your own in the location you love with is building on a smaller block. And the best way to capitalise on the space of a narrow lot is with a two storey home.

By expanding your home across two levels, you can fit everything you require to live your best life into a functional layout, without having to compromise on design, space, size and that all important locale. So if you want to be close to the city and all the amazing amenities that come with it like gyms, shops, restaurants and nightlife, choosing a smaller block and building a 2 storey home is a savvy way to go.

And did we mention the outlook is always better from a second storey? When you build up, it gives you a great opportunity to maximise on any views that the property may have. You’ve chosen your dream location, you may as well take in the view with a glass of wine!

3. Size

Now you’ve decided on your dream location, it’s time to choose your dream design. And there is no reason to let a narrow frontage stop you! You can include everything you want and need in a home design for a smaller block with the right double storey home builder by your side.

Capitalise on the narrow lot trend with a builder who can maximise the space with a floorplan to suit the size and shape of your ideal block. When you purchase a smaller lot, your best option is to build up. 

Building up means you can maintain a good sized living area and bedrooms but still have enough room for a backyard. That way, you can have green space, alfresco area plus the all-important double garage.

We have developed a range of designs to suit Perth’s blocks which have 10m or 12m frontages. Whether your block is narrow, square, or even house behind a house we have a design that will fit. And if our designs aren’t quite what you’re looking for, let us know and we will have our design team work with you to shape your perfect plan. 

4. Layout & design

With more floors to play with, two storey homes are a chance to get creative in terms of layout and design. While single storey homes can be comparably limited, you can take advantage of the extra options that split levels give you. Here are some floorplan configurations to consider for your two storey home:

  1. Move your bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs and your living area upstairs to take advantage of increased light and views. It’s called inverted living or simply, an upside down home!
  2. If you have teenagers or young adults still in the family home, separate zones across the two floors so everyone has their own space ie keep the master suite downstairs and allow the kids to take over upstairs.
  3. Work the design so you effectively have two semi-contained floors, which is great for extended families. With bedrooms, bathrooms and sitting areas on each level everyone can live their life in their own space.
  4. Separate a private area downstairs that can serve as a home office or study undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of the house, while the others relax upstairs.
  5. Stick to a traditional layout with an open plan living area downstairs and bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, so you can entertain with ease while still maintaining your privacy.

Our highly experienced design team have homes to suit a wide variety of lifestyles and family configuration, without compromising on style or liveability. Once you have purchased your block of land, in your desired location, we’ll provide you with the two storey design to match. If you don’t have a block in mind, no worries – we’re always working on developing top house and land packages in sought after suburbs.

Boasting three and four bedroom designs with two bathrooms that offer ample outdoor space, theatres and master suites, you can enjoy all the features you want and need for everyday life. We’re also at the forefront of the latest trends, materials, textures, fixtures, lighting and construction methods. Here’s some of the inclusion you can expect from a Residential Building WA:

  • Feature elevation included
  • Doors to robes to all bedrooms
  • Premium 900mm Italian Artusi kitchen appliances including rangehood
  • Essa Stone benchtops to kitchen as standard
  • Soft close drawers to kitchen as per plan
  • Quality Caroma bathroom fixtures, tapware and accessories
  • 28c high ceilings to alfresco and garage
  • Secure double garage parking
  • Double power points throughout home

5. Future thinking

First home buyers are staying in their homes longer than ever before. The previous trend of purchasing smaller inner city dwellings and then moving to a larger family home has not only become difficult to achieve, but also not as desirable. 

The push for city living has never been higher and Perth buyers are building two storey homes to allow for the opportunity of family growth right now. That means buying a home not just for the present, but thinking about your future. So when looking at home designs, you need to make sure your chosen design will grow with you and your family’s needs.

Let Residential Building WA help

At Residential Building WA, we’re passionate about designing and building a home our clients will love to create many happy memories in the years to come. With years of experience in the field, our team know that homeowners are looking for speed and affordability in their home design, but also a home that has flexibility in design.

The next step starts with you. Contact the Residential Building WA team on (08) 9202 9202 for an obligation free chat!

04 Jul 2019