Single Storey Surprise

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Single Storey Surprise

Homeowners can expect a pleasant surprise upon entry to this sophisticated display home. From the outside, what presents as a single-storey abode opens up to reveal a timber staircase leading to a spacious mezzanine area. According to Joel Steers of Southern Vale Homes, “The added expense of a two-storey build can add up to 20 per cent to your overall project budget, and could cost upwards of $30,000–$50,000 more by going with a conventional two-storey design. Floor space ratio (FSR) to site coverage is a growing challenge in Sydney, as building your dream home needs to also adhere to relevant planning and development legislation. For a typical 300– 450m2 block in Sydney this means your home’s footprint must occupy no more than 55 per cent of your block.” “Opting to build a two-storey home may seem like the obvious solution to the problem, but it’s not always that easy. For many buyers, especially first-home buyers who are already pushing the constraints of their budgets for an entry level property in Sydney, the idea of building two-storey is extremely cost prohibitive.”