Want more square footage but not sure how to grow? Here are the 8 planning steps you need to consider before adding a second story to your home.
What happens if you love the home you’re in — but there’s just not enough space? When you want to keep your roots planted without sacrificing on those dream additions, you have several choices to add square footage: building up, digging down, adding on or building out.
Today, we want to share a few tips for building up. Here is a complete planning guide to adding a second story — on time and on budget.
- Whole-House Impact
Consider how a second story will impact the structure of your house, along with all the individual pieces, such as your water, gas and electrical capabilities. Don’t forget design! When done well, a second-story addition should look like it was there from the very beginning.
A brand new second story is going to weigh more than your roof did. That means you need to have a professional evaluate how much weight your current structure and foundation can comfortably hold. You will likely need additional structural support.
With a second story, you’ll have to cut into a bit of your existing space to make room for a staircase, unless you add an enclosed or outdoor stairwell. Don’t forget to consider traffic flow.
Whenever you increase the size of your home, you need to revisit your current water heater, furnace, HVAC system and electrical panel. Seize the opportunity to upgrade old models to more energy-efficient ones.
If you have a fireplace, you’ll have to make a few decisions about how you’ll want to use it in the future, where you’ll place the chimney and how you’ll design it.
- Exterior Design
Consider the windows, doors and siding on the exterior of your home. Decide whether you want to match your old look, update the entire exterior, or go half-and-half. If the home is older, you may want to check for rot, to help you make a more informed decision.
If you do remove old siding and sheathing from the exterior of your home, you have an opportunity to take a look at insulation. Not only can you reduce noise from within the house, but you can also make your home more energy efficient with a simple installment.
While an experienced contractor can keep rain and the elements out of the house during demolition and building processes, you can’t live in the house while this happens. Prepare to spend a period of time living elsewhere.
Now that you’ve got the dream, call Randal G. Winter Construction Inc. at 661-799-8089 to make it a reality. For more information, visit www.rgwinter.com.
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