Join Australia's most dynamic and respected property investment community

Adding a balcony - strata building

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by JonoD, 19th Jul, 2015.

  1. JonoD

    JonoD Active Member

    Joined:
    5th Jul, 2015
    Posts:
    30
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Hi All

    Has anyone had any experience in adding balconies to an existing strata building?

    Just after some insights into costs/ size/ construction style - were in the early stages of assessing feasibility for a small building of 6 (5 are keen....1 owner still to be contacted). Design wise, half would suit a Juliet and the other half a proper balcony say 2.5 x 1.3 m.

    Will be chatting to council and a builder soon, just seeing if anyone has done similar ( well only proceed if the $ add up
     
  2. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

    Joined:
    14th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    2,098
    Location:
    Sydney & Adelaide
    Very expensive....
     
  3. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    1,578
    Location:
    Australia
    Are you aware of the procedure and costs involved in changing the strata plan and are the other lot owners in agreement to your thoughts?

    That bridge needs to be crossed before you start pricing the works.
     
  4. JonoD

    JonoD Active Member

    Joined:
    5th Jul, 2015
    Posts:
    30
    Location:
    Brisbane
    yep, aware of the process and costs of changing strata. If we went ahead with this wed likely do so via a by-law for exclusive use (have similar in place for garages and courtyards ).

    Reasonable support.... As mentioned above 5 of 6 owners want to look into it ( 6 th to be contacted)... It was raised by 2 other owners with me.... So I said I'd do some initial investigation....

    The juliette style "balconies" should be pretty simple installs... I'm more interested in people's experiences in building a new proper balcony - it's a 4 story triple brick rendered building - I'm assuming ( without having the builder look at it yet) that we could:

    A) build up from new footings from ground level IR
    B) insert structural beams perpendicular on levels 1.2 and 3

    Iran exisiting window would be created to a door for each.

    The kind of project where if it could be done for $25k per unit it might stack up in value add... Much higher not worth it ( the units in the strata would range in value from $1.3 to $1.75 m )
     
  5. Pistonbroke

    Pistonbroke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    18th Jun, 2015
    Posts:
    395
    Location:
    Guangzhou
    Investigate whether an engineer can design a bolted on to facade for a Juliette balcony (non-trafficable) if this will meet the brief.

    I have yet to come across triple brick construction except for retaining walls.

    Cantilever balconies will require support from exposed beams in the floor below/fixed to ceilings - is that something that owners are prepared to accept?

    Creation of exclusive use bylaws may not apply as these areas are not accessible without going into a unit. It will require redrafting of the strata subdivision and a DA.
     
    Last edited: 20th Jul, 2015
    JonoD likes this.