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Add Space, Style and Value to Your Home With These Second-Storey Extension Ideas

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Second-storey additions are a great way to add extra living space where you need it most without losing precious backyard space.

You can choose from a range of layouts to suit your needs. Need a private office to work from home or run a new business? Extra bedrooms for a growing family? Or a combination of both extra living and storage rooms to free up space downstairs? Whatever your goals, a second-storey addition can help you realise them in a timely and cost-effective way.

Naturally, with so many design options, choosing a layout that suits your needs can be tricky.

By far, the best way to overcome this problem is to consult a home additions builders. They can assess your current living space, take into account your lifestyle and budget, propose a custom design, and then bring it to life. Best of all? An initial Pre-Quote budget is free with no commitment.

Before you start collecting quotes, here’s a few second-storey extension ideas to help inspire your next build.


Generally speaking, this layout is comprised of the following elements:

  • Master bedroom
  • Ensuite
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Rumpus space

With this layout, the ground-floor stairs lead up to a small landing area. The master bedroom is directly connected to this space. Inside, the bedroom is spacious enough to accommodate for a Queen or King-sized bed, along with other pieces of furniture like a desk, entertainment unit and side tables.

Both the ensuites and walk-in wardrobe are directly connected to the master bedroom. Depending on the clients’ preferences, the ensuites will encompass all the bathroom essentials, including a shower, toilet, and at least one basin. More lavish ensuites may also include a bathtub and an extra basin, as it allows for extra storage space,and it also gives couples the freedom to use the ensuite together at the same time.

Depending on your budget, and the structural load capabilities of your home, you may even be able to install a new balcony connected to the master bedroom.

For practical advice and support on second-storey addition ideas, contact APEX Alterations & Additions.


This is probably one of the most popular layouts for a second-storey addition. It enables the occupants to utilise the two extra rooms however they wish. The opportunities are at-times nearly limitless.

For growing families, the two rooms can be used to accommodate for new children. If the family already has one child, with another on the way, the family may want both children to be within close proximity to each other. Hence, the existing child will move from downstairs to the new upstairs bedroom, while the new child will be situated right next to them. As a result, the parents can choose to repurpose the older downstairs bedroom into a private office, storage space or recreation room.

Of course, this is just one of many ways this layout can be taken advantage of. Imagine what you could do with this extra space and freedom? Considering how versatile this layout is, you may be surprised what you could achieve.


Although very similar to the previous layout, this one differs because of the additional sitting area.

In many cases, an upstairs landing merely serves as a way to connect the upstairs rooms together, serving as a central focus point. However, when designed properly, you can transform this unused space into a sitting area, complete with furniture and possibly even an entertainment system or fireplace.

By taking this approach, you still have an appropriate space to connect the upstairs rooms together, however, you now have an extra space to relax, unwind and socialize with others – yet is still separate from the main downstairs living room.

Best of all? An upstairs sitting area doesn’t get in the way of walking space as well. So it’s easy for occupants to enter and leave their upstairs rooms with ease, without the sitting area disrupting the flow of traffic.

Considering a new second-storey addition, but unsure how to implement one into your existing one? Talk to the experts at APEX Alterations & Additions today. You’ll receive practical ideas for a second-storey addition, plus a free, no commitment estimate to help get your project off to a great start.

Find out how APEX Alterations & Additions can make your current home even better. Get in touch today for a free SITE VISIT.

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