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Second-Story Additions: What to Know Before You Build

July 2, 2013

If your current one-story house isn’t fitting your needs, you always have the option of adding a second story. It increases the size and value of your home and may be less expensive than moving. But that does not make it an easy process by any means. Here are a few things you need to consider if you are thinking of leveling up:

 

 

DOES THE ZONE CODE PERMIT A SECOND STORY?


Make sure that your zoning area permits you to add a second story. Find out the maximum height allowed by the zoning code so you don’t accidentally build too high.



CAN YOUR HOUSE SUPPORT THE NEW LOAD?


Be absolutely sure that the existing foundation can support the new weight of a second story. We recommend you consult an engineer. You don’t want your house to collapse, right?



HOW WILL THE NEW STAIRCASE AFFECT YOUR HOME'S CURRENT FLOOR PLAN?


You should plan ahead for space to accommodate the staircase to access your second story. If it will be inside the house, you might have to sacrifice important room space. If it will be outside, you may have to remove garden space or other outdoor structures.



WILL YOU NEED A BRAND NEW PLUMBING OR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM?


Decide in advance whether or not you want a new electrical system for the second story or a whole-house system.  Also, if your second story will include a bathroom, consider whether or not you want to connect it to your existing plumbing system.

 

 

Any project planned out in advance saves you tons of stress. If you decide on adding a story to your home, knowing these things before you start will save you time, money, and, most importantly, your sanity.

 

Need help designing or building your new second story addition? Contact the pros at Improvement Remodeling today to get your project started!



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