It may seem like a radical way of expanding your space, but adding a second story to the existing one-story home makes sense for many homeowners. Despite being a complex project, its payback can be felt long-term. Aside from the potential savings, the thought of staying in the neighborhood for the foreseeable future while the family is growing makes this all the more worthwhile.
If you have plans of building up, make sure you work with the best home remodelers. Also, you need to know these things so you know what to expect.
Options to Consider When Building Up
There are many ways to increase your home’s square footage through vertical expansion. Here’s a quick look at four of them:
- Modular Design – Seen as the quickest and most cost-effective way to add a second story to your home, it involves designing and building the addition off-site and then bringing the fully-assembled space to your property for installation.
- Expansion Over an Existing Section – The builders may construct the second-story addition on top of a flat-roof garage, porch, or any section of your one-story home.
- Roof Replacement – Here, a section of the roof is lifted off temporarily before building the second-story addition. The roof is then put back in place, this time to cover the newly-built addition.
- Roof Dismantling – Unlike the previous option, this involves the removal of the entire roofing system to make way for the upper level. A new roof is then built from scratch on top of the addition.
How you go about your plans will depend on the local building regulations, foundation requirements, and preferences. Working with interior remodelers is also helpful when coming up with the design for the new space once building up is completed.
Planning Your Second Story Addition
In creating a plan for your home’s second story, be sure to keep the following things in mind:
- Offset the boxy effect created by the second story addition with overhangs, porches, and detailed trim.
- Check with local building officials for any height restrictions.
- Have a structural engineer inspect your home’s foundation and framing to determine if it can carry the additional weight of the second-story addition.
- Match the windows of the second story with the rest of the windows on the first story.
- Keep the exterior elements for both stories proportional.
Highland Design + Build is the leading design/build company you can turn to for your home renovation needs. If you need a kitchen designer or an interior specialist, our experienced pros are ready to help you realize the vision you want for your home. Give us a call at (205) 968-6000 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.