Adding a second story to your home can be beneficial to you and your family in many ways.
First of all, you get an additional space which can make living easier and more comfortable for all of your family members. Think about it: additional bedrooms for your kids who are growing up, an extra bathroom upstairs, maybe even a balcony where you can relax and unwind after a long, tiring day.
And, unlike horizontal home extensions, you won’t need an additional lot to be able to build a second story – because you will just utilize the same lot area where your existing home is already built. What makes second stories even more tempting to build is that they will increase the value of your home significantly.
If you have made up your mind and are ready to call in the contractors to build your second floor, here are some things you should expect:
The construction of the second story may cost more than the building the ground floor. This is because building the second floor involves tearing up the roof off of your current home to be able to construct the flooring for your new story.
Aside from tearing the existing roof, additional costs may be applied since the original electrical and plumbing lines in your home need to be extended and connected to the new lines on your second floor for the second story to be a livable place.
During the construction of your second floor, you can still live in your home, there’s no need for you to move to another location temporarily. This is because your existing home doesn’t need to be disturbed in any way, not until your contractor needs to work on your electrical or plumbing lines, anyway. Therefore, you can continue with your normal, daily routine with no problem. The only time you would need to vacate your home is if you’re uncomfortable when the electricity or water is turned off for a few hours – when the electric and plumbing lines on the second floor need to be installed.
During the renovation, it’s common for homeowners to have their walls repainted, their cabinets replaced, and their floor tiles updated.
Most of the time, the major, most noticeable parts of a home are worked on during a home improvement project – but some homeowners neglect one of the most prominent parts of their home: the ceilings.
Ceilings play an important role in the design and appearance of your home. A newly painted ceiling, for instance, can highlight all the other parts of a room. And, when somebody enters a room, it’s very hard not for their eyes not to be drawn upwards to appreciate the entirety of the room.
A beautiful ceiling can have a direct impact on the overall appearance of your home, so why not include it in your next home renovation?
Don’t worry because you don’t have to tear off your old ceilings and have new ones installed just to update your ceiling design. Here are some simple ways you can spice up your ceilings:
Install a ceiling medallion. – Installing a ceiling medallion around your ceiling lights create a classy and sophisticated look for your ceiling. Ceiling medallion creates a much-needed texture on any ceiling.
Repainting your ceiling a shade lighter than your walls. – Using a lighter paint for your ceiling will produce textures and would give the illusion of having a more spacious look for your room.
Adding a crown molding on your ceiling. – Crown moldings never go out of style. They are an eye-catching charming addition to your ceiling, emphasizing the boundaries between your walls and ceilings. Crown moldings also add dimensions to your room.
Using wallpaper on your ceiling instead of paint. – The designs for wallpapers being sold at the market nowadays are endless. Gone are the days when wallpapers designs are limited to stripes, flowers, or a variety of different colors. Today, there are wallpapers with intricate, unique, and even embossed designs that could make your ceilings look magnificent.