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Is it cheaper to build up than out?
I'm just curious - as a basic principle - is it cheaper to add new space to your house by adding a second storey (or story as some say) or build out? In my case, I have enough land available to go out as well..! But I could get 2 brms instead of 1 if I go up (depending on the cost of course)!
Easiest question in ages. No.
It's more expensive to go up words the extending on ground level.
You will have added cost of scaffolding and possibly extra say $300-$500 per m2 on build.
Guys you have to remember that if you go up you are likey to have to put in extra piles or increase your foundations to take the extra load. Also by extending out you can still live in the property, if you go up very unlikely so you need to add temporary accommodation costs.
Going up means you need to strengthen your ceiling, beams, structural walsl etc, as the ceiling of a single level dwelling is never designed to take the live & dead loads of liveable areas.
Building out has none of these problems, hence I think usually it's cheaper. Also less scaffolding involved (scaffolding hire can be expensive the longer you rent it).
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when land is cheap
people build out, everything is soooo much easiser to access, repair etc. heck foundations can be just a few wooden posts in holes
going up means steel reinforced concrete foundations, vertical plumbing, elec etc.
and i hear it's now illegal to ask a worker to spend more than 5 minutes on a ladder
so health and safety, cherry-pickers, complete scaffolding etc etc etc
it's the price you pay for living where LOTS of other people want to live
have you defeated them?
i built up, didnt have to move out, didnt have to strengthen foundations didnt cost the earth
What did you use Jim.....a skyhook?
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Couldn't have done that.
Originally Posted by muppet
There are none in the country
I am also a bit conscious that having a bit more empty space for lawns/garden could possibly increase the property valuation by that much more and thus compensate the extra costs in going up. But is this all hoping against hope, I can't be sure!
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