Second Storey Success - Key Planning Insights from Beach Breeze Building

Planning a Second Storey Addition? 8 Factors to think about while in the Planning Stage

When life changes demand more space in your Central Coast home, deciding whether to expand outward or upward can be challenging. While a ground floor extension might be suitable if you have plenty of land, a second storey addition can be the ideal choice for maintaining backyard space and minimising disruption to your daily life. Beach Breeze Building specialises in building second storey additions that align with your home’s aesthetics and functionality, allowing you to live comfortably during construction. With experience in building second storey additions for home offices, multi-generational living, and improving views and general living space. 

Here are eight crucial planning factors to consider before starting your second storey renovation:

1. Thermal Performance

Effective thermal performance is essential in new home additions, ensuring that your extension is comfortable year-round and meets sustainability standards. Beach Breeze Building integrates advanced solutions such as optimal window orientation, skylights, and light tubes to enhance the energy efficiency of your second storey addition.

By focusing on thermal performance, Beach Breeze Building ensures that your second storey addition is not only a comfortable living space but also cost-effective in terms of heating and cooling. Proper insulation and the strategic placement of windows and skylights help maintain a consistent internal climate, reducing the need for mechanical heating and cooling. This approach not only conserves energy but also contributes to a healthier living environment by maximising the use of natural light and improving air quality inside your home.

2. Insulation

Proper insulation is pivotal in new construction and must meet climate-appropriate standards. This often involves enhancing insulation in your existing home to prevent energy leaks, which is crucial in today’s economy where energy efficiency equates to cost savings. Beach Breeze Building takes meticulous care to ensure that both new and existing parts of your home are seamlessly integrated with high-quality insulation materials for maximum energy efficiency.

Effective insulation helps maintain a more consistent indoor temperature, keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This thermal regulation reduces the need for excessive heating and cooling, significantly lowering energy consumption and utility bills. By upgrading your home’s insulation, Beach Breeze Building not only enhances your comfort but also contributes to substantial long-term savings. Investing in good insulation aligns with eco-friendly practices and promotes a more sustainable lifestyle by minimising your home’s carbon footprint. This strategic approach to building and renovating not only improves your living conditions but also supports financial efficiency in an ever-changing economic landscape.

3. Heating and Cooling

Assessing the capacity of your current HVAC system is crucial when adding a second storey, as the increased space often necessitates a more robust system. Beach Breeze Building thoroughly evaluates your heating and cooling needs to ensure that your home maintains optimal comfort levels efficiently and economically. This evaluation includes considering whether to enhance the existing system or install a new one that can better manage the demands of the additional square footage.

For homes undergoing a second storey addition, it’s vital to consider not only the power of the HVAC system but also its efficiency. Modern, energy-efficient systems can significantly reduce energy costs while providing better environmental control. Beach Breeze Building helps you navigate the options, including the potential for zoning systems which allow different temperature settings for distinct areas of your home, thus optimising energy use and enhancing comfort.

Incorporating these thoughtful considerations into your heating and cooling system design not only improves the livability of your new second storey but also contributes to long-term savings through reduced energy consumption. This strategic approach enhances the overall value and comfort of your home, making your second storey addition a smart, sustainable investment.

4. Heating and Cooling

The choice of roofing for your new addition is critical as it not only protects your home from the elements but also significantly impacts its overall aesthetic. Whether you opt for Colorbond, tiles, or another material, Beach Breeze Building ensures that the roofing of your second storey addition either complements or perfectly matches the existing style of your home. This attention to detail is crucial for maintaining the architectural harmony and curb appeal of your property.

Beach Breeze Building collaborates closely with you to select materials that not only meet your aesthetic preferences but also provide long-lasting durability and performance. Considering factors such as colour, texture, and material compatibility, they work to ensure that your new addition looks as though it was always a part of the original structure. 

By prioritising both form and function in the roofing of your second storey addition, Beach Breeze Building helps create a seamless and attractive extension that enhances both the beauty and the functionality of your home.

5. Cladding

Selecting the appropriate cladding is essential for ensuring that your second storey addition blends seamlessly with the existing home structure. Cladding not only influences the visual appeal of your home but also plays a significant role in its weather resistance and insulation properties. Beach Breeze Building provides expert guidance in choosing the right cladding materials that match or complement your home’s existing façade. Whether you prefer traditional brickwork, modern weatherboard, lightweight Hebel, or sleek render, they help you make an informed choice that balances aesthetics with functionality.


Beach Breeze Building’s approach includes a thorough analysis of the existing architectural style of your home and a consideration of the local environment to determine the most suitable cladding options. This ensures that the materials not only look good but also provide the necessary protection against local weather conditions, enhancing the durability and maintaining the integrity of your home’s exterior.


With our comprehensive services, Beach Breeze Building ensures that the cladding of your second storey addition not only enhances the beauty of your home but also contributes to its long-term resilience and efficiency, reflecting a perfect blend of form and function.

6. Flooring

Deciding on flooring for your second storey addition involves careful consideration of both aesthetic and functional factors. Beach Breeze Building brings its extensive expertise to help you navigate this decision, offering a range of flooring options from hardwood and tiles to carpet and laminate. They ensure that your choice not only matches the style and wear requirements of your family’s lifestyle but also complements the structural aspects of the addition. Whether you’re looking for a smooth transition that extends the look and feel of your existing floors upward, or you want to define the new space with a contrasting design, Beach Breeze Building works closely with you to achieve your vision. This tailored approach enhances both the cohesion and the individual character of your home’s spaces, making the second storey a well-integrated yet distinct part of your overall home environment.

7. Electricity

When planning a second storey addition, it’s crucial to consider the increased electrical demands that come with expanding your living space. Beach Breeze Building recognizes the importance of a comprehensive electrical plan that accommodates both current and future needs. Their skilled electricians meticulously evaluate your existing electrical infrastructure to determine the most efficient upgrades, ensuring safety and functionality. This may involve adding additional circuits to support increased appliance use and installing advanced wiring solutions for modern technology needs, such as home offices or entertainment areas. Beach Breeze Building also prioritises energy efficiency, suggesting options like LED lighting and smart home systems to optimise your home’s energy use. This careful planning and execution ensure that your new addition is not only beautifully integrated but also fully equipped to meet the demands of modern living.

8. Termite Proofing

Beach Breeze Building is committed to ensuring the longevity and durability of your second storey addition through rigorous termite proofing measures. They employ the latest in termite-resistant construction materials and techniques to fortify your new addition against potential infestations. This includes the strategic use of treated woods, metal shielding, and chemical barriers that are integrated into the foundation and framework of the construction. Additionally, Beach Breeze Building designs features that facilitate regular inspection and maintenance, allowing for early detection and prevention of termite activity. By prioritising these protective measures, Beach Breeze Building not only secures your home against damage but also preserves its value and ensures peace of mind for years to come.

Choosing Your Extension Type - Second Storey Additions

After considering these crucial factors, you will be more prepared to select the specific type of extension and materials for your home. As a leading custom home builder on the Central Coast with extensive experience in home building, especially in second storey additions, Beach Breeze Building is ideally positioned to guide you through every phase of your project. Their team of experts ensures that your new addition not only meets but surpasses your expectations. Consulting with seasoned professionals at Beach Breeze Building will enable you to make knowledgeable choices that boost both the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your home.

Beach Breeze Building stands out as a premier builder, known for their dedication to quality and excellence in the construction of customised home additions. Their many years of specialised experience in second storey additions make them a trusted partner in transforming your home.

Project Checklist for a Second Storey Addition Quote

When reaching out to Beach Breeze Building to discuss a potential second storey addition, consider the following checklist to ensure you cover all necessary points:

1. Project Vision

Clearly describe what you envision for your second storey addition. Include details such as the number of rooms, desired features, and any specific design preferences.

Have an idea of your budget range ready to discuss, to help guide the design and materials choices.

Share any timeline expectations or constraints you have for the completion of your addition.

Mention any issues or characteristics of your current home that could affect the addition, such as historical features or existing damages.

If energy efficiency and sustainability are priorities for your project, specify this so it can be incorporated into the planning from the start.

Discuss any special requirements such as accessibility features, soundproofing needs, or specific materials like termite-resistant options.

Ask to see examples of previous second storey additions completed by Beach Breeze Building to assess their craftsmanship and suitability for your project’s style.

Enquire about how Beach Breeze Building handles the permitting process and adheres to local building regulations and standards.

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