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If you'd like a larger living area but feel restricted by a small block or constrained structure, think outside the square and make the most of the space you have with a modern renovation that will enhance your property and your lifestyle.

Australian homes built in 2018 were smaller on average than they’ve been in two decades, with affordability a key factor in downsizing. While a small home or block might be the reality for many of us, expanding your living space to accommodate your lifestyle is still achievable if you know where to start.

Upper floor addition

If you're on a small block, building upwards might be the best option for extending. Have a think about how you want to use the extra space – would you like more room for entertaining? Do you need an additional bedroom for guests or a growing family? Whether you're converting your attic into a modern loft or adding on a second storey, make sure you get the right building and council approvals before you get started.

Mixing old and new guarantees a one-of-a-kind look for your extension, while incorporating new materials to your existing home allows plenty of room for personalisation. Consider whether you want the extension to look seamless, or if you'd prefer a complete contrast. Lightweight construction materials are the best option for building up, and Axon™ Cladding is a highly functional material that can integrate well with existing materials – choose matching paint colours for a unified look from top to bottom or juxtapose dark and light for a statement-making façade.

Don't be afraid to mix and match materials – lightweight cladding such as Matrix™ Cladding works well with traditional building materials like brick and timber. To maximise natural light, consider a large picture window which will help to give your new area a sense of spaciousness, and when boxed in with smooth, modern cladding such as Axon™ Cladding it will become a standout feature of your extension.

Bottom storey addition

If you have a garden or sizeable outdoor space, extending outwards might be the best choice for you. This is a more popular option for older homes that often have larger backyards. If you love your old façade, consider extending at the rear of your home to create a backyard retreat for relaxing and entertaining. Opening up your living area with French doors or bi-folds can create a seamless flow to the outdoors, extending onto a deck or lawn.

Renovating?

An open plan living area and large windows that let in plenty of light help add more space to this renovated Sydney home.

If you want more privacy, consider building an outdoor room with a screen. Hardwearing weatherboard cladding such as Linea™ Weatherboard is a durable alternative to timber and can be painted in just about any colour to match the style of your home. Whether big or small, your outdoor room can be made to feel inviting by bringing in pot plants, outdoor furniture and lighting.

If you think your façade needs a makeover, turn your focus to the front yard. Choosing the right building materials is key to a cohesive flow with any new extension, and a weatherboard cladding option such as Linea™ Weatherboard offers the same classic charm as timber without the worry of damage from heat and moisture. This option is ideal for blending old and new, keeping a traditional feel while updating the exterior with a fresh, low maintenance look.   

No matter the size of your home or block, expanding your living space with a modern extension will add value to your home as well as giving you more room to enjoy time with family and friends.


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