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Do You Dream Of Living In A Space That Projects Your Personality, Style And Individuality

But Also Offers You Practical And Sustainable Solutions?

First Floor Additions

Call it a first floor addition. Call it a second storey addition. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s actually the addition of huge amounts of family living space – and not just upstairs. It’s true that some of our successfully completed projects have been a traditional and straightforward addition of upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. However, nowadays, many families with enough bedrooms have realised that moving their bedrooms, study and even the family bathroom upstairs, can open up enormous amounts of space downstairs – space than can now be redesigned and used for greater comfort and enjoyment of family living areas.

Building upwards can bring other advantages too, such as giving you access to some of the spectacular outlooks available throughout Sydney – harbour, river, beach, ocean, iconic buildings and national parkland. There’s often more than one reason to go up.

A first floor addition is an economical way to meet your family’s changing living space requirements and increase the value of your home, without sacrificing any of your outside living space or moving from the home, or area you love.

If you’re looking to create space upstairs and/or maximise the potential of your downstairs living spaces, have a look through our completed projects and see how MJ Minard can help you achieve a larger family area, bigger kitchen, dedicated home-theatre room – or whatever type of room would make your family’s life easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable.

  • All you ever hear about builders are the horror stories, so when we decided to rebuild our nasty ‘60s redbrick, we were prepared for the worst.

    Then we found Matt Minard. Not only did he bring the job in under budget, he finished the house with such precision and care that even my (superbly anal) husband couldn’t pick a fault.

    The big issue for us was that we were trying to build the ‘oldest house in Arcadia.’ We already had a beautiful cottage on the property, built from old sand stocks, so this reno had to be enormously sympathetic. We got more than sympathetic, we got a house that generations to come will love and want to preserve.

    We thought long and hard about how to write this testimonial. By being honest, you’d probably think it’s all too good to be true. Truth is if you want a really honest builder, who cares about the job, and hires like-minded contractors, Matt’s your man.

    Far from being the train-wreck that everyone told us it would be, we actually miss having Matt, Daniel and all the guys round here. As does Freya, our dog.

    It was a very real pleasure; if you want to see the quality of the craftsmanship that Matt produces, then just come and see our beautiful new (old) house.


  • Thank you for the fantastic job you and your team did on building our deck and creating a fantastic family living area that we have used many times already.

    Your creative ideas and options on making our space the most usable area possible were greatly appreciated. Kathleen especially loves the thick hardwood bench you suggested outside the window.

    The quality of your work is excellent including the fit and finish of the bi-fold doors and windows, the beautiful hand nailed hardwood decking, and the brilliant zoned down lighting.

    You and your team are an absolute pleasure to deal with and were always on time and kept commitments made to us. That is very rare these days amongst the trades.

    Having seen your high quality work at numerous other jobs you have done, and now ours, we will definitely be using you and your team again in the future (hopefully early next year actually). Furthermore we have no hesitation on recommending you and your team to others.

    John & Kathleen

  • I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to provide this Testimonial. Matt has been an acquaintance of mine for over 3 years. We first met at one of his previous jobs, while he was completing a house on Bradford Street in Balmain. I have been very fortunate to be able to continue our association, and watch his progress as he has completed a succession of Projects since then.

    Matt is a reliable, honest and considerate person. He is committed to his Profession and extremely passionate about all aspects of Building, which enables him to apply himself fully to every undertaking. Respect, integrity and trust have been the basis of establishing and moulding his character, and he passes on these values daily in his contact with his Clients as well as his Team of Tradesmen.

    He is one of those people, who believes in considering others before himself. As a Builder, he has the valuable ability to truly listen, and then offer well thought out advice without telling you simply the things that you would like to hear. By using initiative, research and thinking outside of the square he is often able to present several suggestions for problems that appeared unsolvable.

    Matt is continually positive and puts every effort into being supportive and encouraging, while making the Construction process as stressfree as possible. He is the type of person who gets along with people from every demographic, and has the ability to make both his Team feel valued and Clients feel special.

    Throughout the entire Construction process, not a day went by without several Tradesmen on Site. Understanding the importance of his Client’s time, while not compromising quality, Matt was able to complete our Project on Schedule and Budget. I could not be happier with the quality and finish of his Team’s work, and the completed Job overall.

    Matt has many outstanding attributes, but his broad and varied knowledge of Building and Construction, combined with his professional enthusiasm stand out as his strengths. As a Client, I can honestly say that my daily contact with Matt made this potentially very stressful time in my life a positive experience.

    Not only can I highly recommend Matt Minard as a Builder, but would definitely, and without hesitation use him again to manage the Construction of any of my future properties. Additionally, I would be pleased to provide a verbal reference at any time.

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