A second-story addition might sound like a drastic move to increase your home’s square footage, but it is a more sensible option than spreading out further to the edge of your lot. Whether you need extra space or accommodate the needs of your growing family, this project can add value to your home. It also allows you to determine how your new space will be used.
As the leading home remodeling company in the area, we share the following dos and don’ts when planning a second-story addition.
DO: Find Out How Your Second-Story Addition Will Be Built
Increasing your home’s living space vertically will depend on your preferences, building regulations, and foundation requirements. One option involves tearing off the roof and building a whole new upper level from scratch. Another is expanding an existing second story out across a one-story section like a garage or porch. Talk to your remodeler to help you choose the best option for your project.
DON’T: Disregard Local Building Codes
By adding up, you change the structural makeup of your home. Thus, your project has to adhere to local zoning and building regulations. Remodeling contractors help their clients obtain the necessary permits during the planning and design phase to ensure everything is built up to code.
DO: Consider Your Neighborhood
You also want to make sure your planned addition won’t make your house expensive or out-of-character for your neighborhood. Take a look at how your neighbor’s homes compare with yours in terms of size, appearance, and features. An addition that is completely out of scale with the ones on your street may hurt resale value.
DON’T: Skimp on the Budget
If you are looking to add a sizable amount of space but have a tight budget, a second-story addition could be your best option. As with planning bathroom or kitchen renovation projects, be sure not to skimp on the budget. The total project cost depends on the complexity and the kind of finishes and planned amenities.
Let Owens Construction transform your home! We can handle any type of new construction, from two-story additions and garage conversions to basement finishing and bathroom expansions. Give us a call at (614) 846-1149 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation and discuss your next project.