Considering that the home improvement industry is predicted to bring in $465 billion in revenue by 2022, it’s clear that many homeowners are eager to work with local remodeling contractors to add value and beauty to their properties. But while there are many possible home renovations to consider, residential additions are often among the most enticing.
That’s because, unlike other types of remodeling projects, home additions allow you to add more usable square footage to your property. When you build an addition onto your existing home, your family can enjoy more space and benefit from a higher selling price if you decide to move to a new location later in life. Whether your purpose is to create an extra bedroom, more space for entertaining, or greater functionality for daily tasks, an addition is a great way to accomplish your goals.
There are a few different types of home additions to choose from. Second story additions allow you to add a new floor to your home (or expand the second floor you currently have), which often makes your home more marketable while providing the space and privacy your family may need. Second story additions can help you maximize the space you already have and expand your home’s footprint without having to purchase more land or relocate entirely. However, there are some considerations unique to second story additions that you’ll want to keep in mind when working with remodeling contractors. Here are just a few of the important elements you’ll need to flesh out in the design to ensure your addition helps your home reach new heights — literally and figuratively.
Extra Structural Requirements
It’s important to remember that second story additions can have a substantial ripple effect on your entire home. Specifically, you’ll need to think about the extra structural requirements you’ll need to include as part of your design to ensure your home is supported and stable. Your contractors will need to carefully calculate the estimated weight of the finished and occupied rooms once your second story is completed to ensure this weight can be safely supported. While you’re at it, you’ll also need to consider elements, such as insulation, and include this in the added structure.
Residential Mechanical Systems
Your home’s heating and cooling system, electrical system, and plumbing system ensure that your family is comfortable, clean, and safe. But since second story additions won’t automatically be hooked up to these systems, your contractors will need to put a considerable amount of work into ensuring your new floor has consistent access to temperature control, energy, and water supply. You may also need to upgrade these systems as part of your addition renovation, as increasing your home’s square footage typically means that the capacity of these systems also needs to be increased.
Building an addition will require more than mapping out the rooms and features on the floor itself; your contractor will also need to create clear pathways for household occupants to get from one floor to another. This, of course, will require the addition of stairways. In some homes, there’s one obvious place for a stairwell. But you may need more than one set of stairs — or the layout of the rest of your home may require your contractors to be creative to place stairs in a way that’s easily accessible and safe.
In addition to stairs, you’ll also need to include a variety of exterior elements in your addition plans. One downfall of many additions is failing to match windows, doors, and siding with the existing structure; this can make an addition stand out like a sore thumb, which won’t add as much value as it could. You’ll also need to overhaul your home’s existing roof system to build a second story addition, which can be a large undertaking. If you’re adding onto an existing second story as part of your addition, you’ll still need to consider how the roof and chimney might be impacted.
Now that you’re more familiar with the unique considerations of an addition on the second floor, you can work with a contractor with the experience to tackle these important concepts. For more information, please contact us today.