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Second Story Additions, Anyone? Things to Consider

Second Story Addition House          Many houses can benefit from a second story addition. If the space available in the house is getting smaller because of growing kids or growing family, and lateral extension is out of the question because of lot space, then vertical additions make sense. From a real estate perspective, doing second story additions also increases the value of your home.

Builders always tell homeowners any extension or any major construction work will have a drastic effect on the overall functionality and design of your house. An extension may seem only an addition of another floor or another room, but there’s a lot more to it. Most people don’t realize is that it entails new electrical wiring installations, plumbing work, duct work installation, and structural work too. These elements all have to be connected to the  existing structures and facilities. That presents a challenge for contractors, and this is why is always favourable to use the best home extension builders possible.

Strength Enhancement to Existing Structure

If you replace your current roof system with a floor complete with rooms and furniture, this means a whole new weight for the existing framework to cope with. Builders don’t just construct a new story on a house without assessing the strength of the existing structural support system which always needs further reinforcement via the addition of steel supporting connections. A good builder will be able to assess the load bearing capabilities of your present roof before work commences and will factor any structural modifications into the initial quote.

Alterations to Existing Floor Design

It is inevitable to add new structures in the main-floor when making second story extensions. An absolute necessity will be the construction of stairs, which reduce your current floor area. How much area the stairs take up depends on the available space and the stair design. Your architect will balance your visual preferences with the overall functionality of the room where the stairs must be. Improper staircase design and location can impede the free movement inside your home.

Installation of HVAC System, Electrical Connections, and Water Pipes

Image of A Bungalow With Second Story AdditionImage of A Bungalow With Second Story Addition. Since you want your second story to be habitable and functional, you have to set it up as such. This is a big task for any builder, and some builders may subcontract electrical installations and plumbing work to electrical engineers and plumbers. However, there are building companies who use their in-house licensed tradesmen, and these are types of house extension builders you should use. Everyone is after energy-efficient systems now, particularly with air-conditioning and heating systems, which is now possible through geothermal heat pumps and solar energy powered HVAC systems. If you have specific ventilation needs, let the contractor know.

Upgrading or Replacing Your Chimney

These types of repairs are definitely not much of an issue for people who have since switched to natural gas fireplaces, which no longer need vertical vents. However, this could be an opportunity to do away with your old fireplace and make room for energy-efficient heating units. By performing these types of renovations, you can get rid of having to free extra space for the chimney. However, if you prefer a classic fireplace, you can always keep the old one and include a vent extension in the new upper story which will heat the top floors too. Your builder deals with the work.

Vacating Your Home for a While

Surprise! You will probably have to move out of the house during the construction process. You won’t be able to live conveniently while the construction is going on. Imagine going about your usual daily activities while workers are tearing down your roof and making wild noises above. It’s also a safety concern as workers can’t be tip-toeing around all day constantly on the look out for your family members.