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What do you need to consider when building a double-storey home?

The average selling price of residential land in Perth is $258,000, according to CoreLogic RP Data. While that's cheaper than other capital cities, it's still a big chunk of money, and part of the reason why building a two-storey home is such a brilliant idea.

With two storeys you can fit more house on less land, allowing you to include features like open plan living spaces, a separate lounge for the kids or even an entertainment room. With that in mind - what are the most important things to consider when building your own double-storey home in Perth?


The design of your double-storey home should make living in it a joy. The design of your double-storey home should make living in it a joy.

Council restrictions and approvals

Some blocks of land have height restrictions that could prevent you from building certain double-storey homes, so it's always best to check with your local council before buying land. Furthermore, throughout the entire process you'll be required to submit applications for building and design approvals.

Completing these can be time consuming, however, when you build with apg homes we'll guide you through the entire process making it easier and less stressful. 

The size and shape of your block of land

To make life easier apg homes is including a luxury finishing package worth $40,000 on the house.

The way your home fits on your block of land can greatly affect your enjoyment of the property. That's why it's usually best to pick a double-storey home design you like then buy a block of land that suits it. As a general rule most homes will fit well on a flat rectangular block. 

However, if you're limited in the kind of land you can buy in the area you're looking in, apg homes offers a range of narrow lot home designs specifically designed for making the most out of a tight space. When considering the size and shape of your and you should also consider if your build will overlook neighbours, or if their homes will throw a shadow on yours. 

Orientation and sun

Face north - that's the golden rule for home orientation as north-facing homes get all day sun, keeping them warm in the winter and inviting you outside in the summer. However, not every room in your home can face in the same direction so you need to make a decision on which are most important. 

Usually an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining room will benefit most from a northern orientation as you'll spend most time in these rooms. What's more, with a double-storey home the master suit can sit above those areas and also face north towards the sun. 

Total finishing costs

Finishing and fittings can be expensive, and unfortunately people often underestimate or forget to include these costs in their budget. That's why it's always best to fully understand the cost of all fittings and finishes before starting - to ensure that you won't financially struggle at the end of your build. 

To make life easier apg homes is including a luxury finishing package worth $40,000 on the house with each new home build until December 21. This includes a Daikin Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning system as well as a choice between a solar energy package, premium internal finishing, or a kitchen upgrade with a specialist designer from The Maker. 


If your home is orientated well you'll get the sun all day. If your home is orientated well you'll get the sun all day.

Your lifestyle and family

The most important thing about your new home is that your family enjoys it, and that it compliments your lifestyle. Luckily with a double-storey home design you'll have more space to work with allowing you to include luxurious features you'll love - like master ensuites, entertainment rooms or alfresco dining areas. Think about the layout and home features that will make your life better and make sure they're included in your design.

If you're considering building a new home your first call should be to apg homes. We've been building in Perth for over two decades now, and along the way we've picked up countless awards and helped thousands of happy home owners.