Professional first floor additions in Sydney

Passion Built can do a first floor addition for your home to create new rooms either for living, entertaining or storage. Adding levels to your house is the best way to add value to your home.

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We assist with the design and planning stages of your first floor addition. Passion Built is an experienced builder and renovator service that can help with changing floor plans, product selections or even Council Permit Applications to make renovating simple.


Preparation is critical to any house renovation renovation and the Passion Built team have lots of experience making sure the site is ready to be extended. We make sure all the OH&S requirements will be met and the site is ready for the required tradespeople to operate in.


As a licensed builder, Passion Built can oversee your first floor addition renovation project from start to finish. We minimise the stress and hassle when it comes to house renovations by taking care of all the important construction phases of your project.

Dylan and his team renovated my bathroom, laundry and kitchen in my unit. His team are excellent and I couldn’t be happier with the final product.

I was particularly happy with the quality of cabinet making, tiling in the bathroom, and painting.

Dylan is very responsive, trustworthy and a nice bloke to deal with. When problems arise (as they inevitably will) he tackles them quickly and without fuss. Highly recommended.

-- Katherine Homsi in Sydney



When you plan your house renovation it is important to check if the contractor has the right insurance coverage in place. For every house renovation project Passion Built undertakes we provide a ten year warranty. Passion Built is a licensed builder in Sydney that can bring your house renovation ideas to life so that you can add value to your home. Renovation projects are covered by our WFI Public Liability Insurance and HIA Home Owner’s Warranty to give you complete peace of mind when renovating your house.



For some property owners they don’t have the physical land space to extend their existing dwelling. This might be due to council restrictions, proximity to boundaries or the type of land the property has been built on. In some cases building up might create the opportunity to take advantage of the view or create more space by going up compared to extending out.

Some older properties have very large roof areas that have lots of unused space so they can be renovated to make more efficient use of the existing floor plan.


Passion Built is a renovation company in Sydney that has completed lots of different projects from full house renovations to simpler remodels. We know most people find it hard to work out how much it costs to renovate a house or to determine how much does a kitchen renovation increase the value of your home. Unfortunately there are millions of answers and there isn’t any particular situation that you can compare to. Some people might just need an old house renovation where others are trying to work out if you can you renovate a heritage home, this is what creates so many house renovation ideas.

So for anyone thinking about starting a house renovation project and needing to find some ideas, the very first place to start is creating a very clear goal and defining the purpose of your renovation. This will make it easier to then come up with house renovation ideas where the budget, products used and planning will revolve around a very specific renovation brief.

Why build or renovate a first floor addition?

Passion Built Home Renovation Local Business in Alexandria run by Dylan Doncevski a Licensed Builder doing home extensions
If you are trying to work out whether to extend your home or build a first floor addition it is important to keep in mind that in most cases building up the least expensive option. This is normally because it requires less materials and labour to achieve when you compare the two building methods.

1. Create more space

The simplest reason people do first floor additions is to add more space to their home. This could be for another bedroom, billiard table room, Airbnb guest accomodation or to create a studio.

2. You love the area

You might be living in a location that you absolutely love, so simply doing a first floor additions in Sydney can be the most logical way to get even more enjoyment out of the home you live in. Renovating lets you add value & enjoy what you love.

3. Improving practicality

Most homes in Sydney that get house extensions are because they were build in the 1960’s or 70’s where the floor plans were very cramped and there wasn’t much light or ventilation available. A first floor addition and room renovation can open up your home and your living spaces.

4. Kids grow up or move out

As your kids get bigger you might need more space or more bedrooms, so that is a great reason to add a first floor addition. If the kids are old enough to move out, adding extra space can let you add a bathroom or home theatre room to your home.

5. Improve value

Adding rooms or making existing living spaces larger in your home can add value to your property. This can be a smarter investment choice compared to buying another property.

6. Less stress and hassle

Renovating your existing home can be less stress and hassle compared to trying to buy a new property. With record home values in Sydney it is increasingly difficult for people to buy a home so they will add a first floor addition instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequent questions asked about HOME RENOVATION IDEAS.

Can you add a bathroom into a first floor addition?

Yes you can create any type of living space you want when you add a first floor addition. The new space could be a new home theatre room to watch Netflix or another bedroom, the choice is up to you. It just depends on your budget, the existing property floor plan & local council regulations.

Can a first floor addition be a kitchen or bathroom?

Yes you can do a first floor addition to include kitchen, bathroom or other practical living spaces. Depending on your floor plan you might be able to use the existing services or move a room from one floor to the other.

Is it cheaper to renovate or rebuild?

In most cases it will be cheaper to renovate or remodel parts of your house than it would be to completely rebuild.

Each method has its pros and cons but if you are on a tight budget then you can use some clever renovating techniques to keep costs in control, but give your home a new look.

Normally it can be 20-30% more to do a rebuild vs renovating.

How much do renovations cost in Australia?

According to Hi Pages the average cost to renovate a living room is between $10,000 and $15,000. Although this average changes quickly if the flooring is going to be changed, walls moved or expensive materials are used.

Bathrooms & kitchens will typically cost between $15,000 and $30,000 to do complete room renovations but these rooms will also add the most value to a property compared to adding a garage or doing landscaping.

Where do you start when renovating a house?

We often joke and say the best place to start is the front door and work your way back from there. Although, on a more serious note the first place to start when renovating your house is to get renovation ideas. You have to use those ideas to create a very clear renovation brief that will cover the main goals, budget, timeframe and purpose of your project. 

This will mean that all your decisions are based around achieving a goal with some very clear parameters to follow. This will then dictate where you need to start before you begin renovating.

What are the types of renovation?

Generally speaking there are a few types of renovations that many people will consider. There is no definitive list as every situation is different but most common are;

  • Bathroom renovations
  • Kitchen renovations
  • First floor additions
  • Room extensions
  • Renovation remodels or makeovers


How can I renovate my house cheaply?

The first thing to consider is there really isn’t anything cheap about doing a house renovation properly. You could renovate your house cheaply by becoming a licensed builder and doing it all yourself, although most people don’t have the time or desire to do this.

Renovations can be done simply if they focus on changing the existing elements within a house for example re-painting can be a cheap way to renovate with a fresh coat of paint giving a new room or living area a fresh look. Other ways to renovate cheaply might be to change things like light fittings, tap fixtures, benchtops or even the flooring to freshen up a room.

Which home improvements add most value?

In most cases improving your bathroom or kitchen can add the most value to your home. Although this will all depend on how much you are prepared to spend, the value of your property & its location. 

Spending over $50,000 on a bathroom renovation for a rental property bathroom will probably not make much financial sense considering its intended use. Although adding parking or an extra room to an inner-city property could be extremely beneficial.

So there is no single improvement that will add the most value, it becomes more important to consider the context of the renovation and what you are trying to achieve with it.

Can you renovate a house for $100K?

Well for sure you can spend $20K, $50K or $100K to renovate a house although whether that is a sensible amount to spent will depend on your situation. If it is retirement time & there are no other concerns beyond having an enjoyable life then it won’t matter too much what is spent.

Although, typically most people are trying to renovate a house with an eye on increasing its value, therefore you have to be careful how much is spent. There will be a point where the value of any renovations won’t proportionally add value to your home. Generally speaking if the property is worth $500,000 then you should aim to spend around $50,000 and focus on the big areas like the kitchen and bathroom.

How do you renovate an old house?

Renovating an old house isn’t as simple as it seems. There are many properties in Sydney which are heritage listed so the first step is to check your local council requirements and get help from someone like Sydney Heritage Consultants to make sure any alterations are in accordance with local requirements.

If it is just an older home the first thing to have checked is to make sure all the structural elements are sound before planning your renovation. Older full brick homes are typically more difficult to work with compared to timber veneer houses like the ones in Merrylands.