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How to add a third storey extension that looks great from the outside?

michfschofieldJanuary 23, 2013
We are planning on adding a third storey extension to our house (pictured), but as you can see we have a very 'box' shaped house. I am keen to explore ideas so that we don't end up having a 'box on a box' or an extension that looks like an afterthought... your ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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How about an extension that is full of light? Make yourself an Ideabook here at Houzz and then talk with an architect and show them what you like.
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    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 5:17AM
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The current facade needs to be updated as well if you are looking for a well incorporated extension.

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    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 6:24AM
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thanks - I was thinking that we might need to do something with the current facade, though not sure what as yet...
the primarily window based designs do look great, thanks!
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:38PM
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Step that third floor back and gain some outdoor rooftop deck and garden space, then the glass will look out on something other than the street below. Integrating the existing facade with the third floor addition may take some work...but more windows please? Perhaps running the door overhang vertically with some glass block would tie the first story to the third.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:05PM
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thank you! some great ideas - thanks ever so much. I know - I agree that we really do need more windows if we can afford it.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:10PM
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Schachne Architects & Builders
You should first check with your local zoning department because there may be height limitations for your neighborhood. Secondly you should check with an architect and structural engineer to verify that the foundations of the existing house can support the added weight of a third floor. You can go to your local building department and get microfilm copies of the original house plans. if you can get copies they would be beneficial for the architect to have to use. Since you have structures on both sides of you there would have to be some creative structural design for structural columns and beams for transferring the new loads down to the ground. Please pay an architect to verify if all this can be done.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:18PM
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thank you. Yes, we have checked and third storey heights are fine for our zoning, and I ordered our building plans to verify our current structures and foundations yesterday - thanks. Definitely want to engage an architect and engineer (we have spoken with one architect already) - I've actually just posted another question about how to choose the best architect for our needs and things to look for - any advice would be appreciated! Cheers
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Schachne Architects & Builders
I don't know where you live but you can either call your local or state office of the American Institute of Architects and they may be able to provide you a list of architects that focus on home additions and renovations. Secondly, always ask people who have done home renovations who they used and if they were happy with them. Good luck.
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 4:32PM
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well, we have decided to completely re-do our front facade, to improve the exterior look, lighting into our house, and are actually bringing the building one metre further out to get more space.
We are now in the process of trying to decide what type of exterior finish would look good (see an initial drawing for fyi - though everything is open for suggestions)...!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:06PM
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oh, yes, I was actually wanting specifically ask for recommendations on exterior cladding/finishes. On our list so far are: cedar, a dark grey panelling (not sure what material) or render...?
    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 10:28PM
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