A two-storey home on a small block is a great option!

Two-storey homes on the Sunshine Coast are growing in popularity, due to shrinking land sizes and soaring land prices. Let’s face it, if you want to live in the heart of a buzzing suburb, close to great amenities, then a smaller size block is probably more in tune with your budget. Designing a two-storey home on a small block might be the perfect choice!

If you’re thinking of building a custom designed two-storey home on a small lot, we’ve put together some practical tips and ideas you might like to consider. Afterall, a new home is quite possibly them largest investment you’ll ever make, so it makes sense to do it right for today and for the future.

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Find a builder who is experienced with two-storey homes

You might think that all home builders are experienced in both single level and two-storey homes, but that isn’t always the case. Building techniques can differ vastly for two-storey homes, as can the building materials required. Depending on the area you are building, your builder will want to consider local regulations and licensing issues, knowledge of the area including weather and wind conditions which can affect the build and you’ll want to make sure your builder selects the right materials that fit within your budget.

Think about what’s important to you

This is one of the best things you and your family can do before you start to design your new home. We recommend writing a list of what’s most important to you, and then numbering these in terms of priority. Do you love entertaining? Do you work from home? Do the kids need a quiet space to retreat to? How much yard do you envisage? Do you want to add in a pool? Do you have lots of sports equipment which requires storage? These details will all help when it comes time to designing your custom Sunshine Coast home.

Futureproofing your home design

When designing a new home, consider future circumstances can be a little tricky, but it’s worth considering especially if you plan to live in your new home for years to come. One of the main considerations with a two-storey home is how you might navigate the stairs as you grow older, or in fact if something happened to a family member that meant they couldn’t climb the stairs for a few months (like a broken leg!). Perhaps consider an extra bedroom downstairs in case you find yourself in one of these situations.

Design two-storey home to suit your small block

There are many aspects to consider when it comes to designing a home to suit your block – orientation (does your home face directly North? What parts of the house face West?), are there trees you need to be careful of, do you have natural breezes and which direction do these often come from, where will you position the garage for easiest access? At Beachside Construction, we love to have a site meeting on your new block to discuss your plans – this helps us understand your needs, and also allows us to offer suggestions based on our expansive experience.

Allow for natural light

As per the point above, designing your home to take account of the natural light will not only provide a bright and airy feel to your home, but also help to reduce electricity bills caused by artificial lighting.

Open plan designs make the space feel bigger

Given your designing your custom home for a small lot, it’s a great idea to maintain an open plan design. No one likes to feel cramped and living on top of each other, so think about adding in some flow through areas to create more functional and versatile spaces.

Contact Beachside Construction today to discuss your two-storey home designs

Beachside Construction specialize in building custom designed homes on the Sunshine Coast. We are highly experienced in building two-storey homes, split level homes on sloping blocks and pole homes. Come and have a chat with the team today – we’d love to bring your dream home designs to life.