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September 2021

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The Most Popular Two Storey House Designs By Our Brisbane Builders

By | Architecture

What makes two storey home designs so popular?

Double storey houses offer opportunities that you won’t find with single storey homes. With a two storey house, you double your living space and you can customise the layout to really suit your needs. Two storey house designs can be the perfect solution when land size may be limited but your family still needs plenty of room to grow, or if you need to maximise space to create functional and practical living areas with all the necessities of a modern family home. 

It’s because of these unique reasons that two storey homes have become incredibly popular for modern Australian families. No matter the size of your block or the number of bedrooms you need, a double storey house can solve all your problems. At McCarthy Homes we have a number of two storey home designs by our Brisbane builders that can fit into any size block you have. Standing out as two of our most popular double storey home designs are the Fairhaven & Carrington homes. 

The Fairhaven is a two storey home with a perfect blend of luxury and comfort. It boasts four spacious bedrooms and three living areas with the ground level dedicated to entertaining and living and the second level set out as a family space. Designed for effortless living, the Fairhaven has an open entryway flowing into the downstairs entertaining areas, with the well-appointed kitchen and butler’s pantry making entertaining a breeze. If you’re seeking the ideal two storey family home, then look no further. The Fairhaven is also perfectly suited for a Hamptons style home, with a custom facade available to turn this into a double storey Hamptons home design. 

Our other popular two storey home design is the Carrington. The Carrington design offers open plan living perfect for a modern homes. By taking advantage of the space offerings in a double storey dwelling, the Carrington has a separate study, lounge, and leisure area, giving a growing family plenty of room to relax. Four sizable bedrooms are located on the upper level, with a leisure and study area. On the ground floor there is the kitchen and entertaining areas along with a guest bedroom and powder room. The Carrington also features custom facades to turn the design into a modern, contemporary home or a beachy, Hamptons style. 

Another popular option with two storey homes is to customise the design to create a unique home for your needs. With a custom build you can choose to reverse the floor plans like some of our clients are preferring. These reversed two storey homes have the bedrooms and laundry on the ground floor and the entertaining and master bedroom on the upper floor. Each home can be customised to your personal preferences, and with two levels, you have plenty of options for the design. A design option that is unique to two storey homes and sure to set yours apart is a void. As the name suggests, a void in a home is an area of empty space. At McCarthy Homes, we incorporate voids into our home designs not to waste space, but to create it. In double storey homes, the flooring between the lower and upper floor is removed which creates an area where light can penetrate the free space, adding warmth and a sense of openness to an otherwise under used area. Voids add an instant wow factor to your home, and allow you to enjoy the space for years to come. 

As you can see, there are so many options when it comes to building a double storey home. Whether you choose from our popular home designs or work with our team to design your own unique house plan, building a double storey house with McCarthy Homes means you’ll experience the best quality of Queensland builders.

Want to know more? Contact our team today to start planning your two storey house design. Call us on 07 3358 9704 or contact us online

The Best Builders For Split Level Home Designs In Brisbane

By | Architecture

Are you struggling to find a builder who’ll take on your split level home dream? We know many building companies who turn away from custom home designs however at McCarthy Homes, we relish the opportunity to create something special. We take pride in our approach for split level home designs, working with our skillset and your dreams to build your ideal home. Our dedication and creativity means your home is perfectly suited to your sloping block’s needs.

Why Other Builders Turn Down Split Level Homes

Due to the complexity of building on sloping blocks most builders will likely have to customise a lot of the house design based on the slope’s layout to ensure that the house will sit correctly. Unfortunately, this level of design is often too much for most builders to attempt, and they’ll pass the project onto a more capable builder. McCarthy Homes is proud to be the builder who other builders recommend when it comes to sloping blocks and split level homes.

What Is The Process To Build A Split Level Home With McCarthy Homes?

If you have a sloping block or are looking to build a split level home then your first step should always be to contact McCarthy Homes! Once our team has spoken to you and knows about your needs, we will arrange to come out to your block and assess the site. It is vital for split level home builders to complete a personal inspection of your block as once we have viewed the site and the slope in person, we can better understand the complexities of the build and can provide home plans that suit your specific needs. 

Customising a split level home design to best fit on your existing block enables us to minimise the impact of the build on your land and maximise the overall amenity of the site. By designing your split level home around your site’s slope, we can create a home that is a better fit, being more functional to live in and more cost effective to build.

What Are the Benefits Of Building A Split Level Home On A Sloping Block?

There are so many reasons why building a split level home on your sloping block will be worth the extra effort. Our builders will work to optimise your site’s key features including the views, sustainability and space.

By working with the layout of your land we can develop a split level home that will ensure you make the most of your spectacular views. Sloping blocks also offer some exclusive benefits over a standard block when it comes to enhanced home energy efficiency with natural light, airflow and natural drainage. 

Is Building A Split Level Home More Expensive?

We hear this question a lot when people are considering building a split level home. Due to the unique nature of each split level home design, the building costs are also unique to each new build. The cost of a split level home depends on multiple factors including the actual home design and the exact slope of the land. 

If you’re looking at costs per square metre then building a split level home can be more expensive to build because of structural issues with the split of the land, however it can also be cheaper than building a flat house on a sloping block. Often, by starting with a design that doesn’t fit your site, you will end up incurring extra costs up to $100,000.

So ultimately, building a house that minimises changing the land structure and works with the slope will be cheaper than excavating to flatten the land and building a flat home design. 

Learn More About Brisbane’s Best Split Level Home Builders

McCarthy Homes is proud to be Brisbane’s and South East Queensland’s first choice builder for split level homes. Our expert team has years of experience with building the best split level home designs for our Brisbane & Queensland clients. We’re the builders that other builders recommend when it comes to complex builds and blocks. If you’re looking to build on a sloping block, narrow block or split level block, talk to our team today and turn your dreams into your reality! 

Want to know more? Contact our team today to start building your split level home. Call us on 07 3358 9704 or contact us online.