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.