Adding another story is one of the biggest projects a homeowner can undertake, but it also offers the most in terms of benefits. Here are the reasons why you should add a second story to your home.
1. Gain more living space: Perhaps, the most obvious benefit of a second story is you can double the living space in your home. If you have a growing family, space is essential. In fact, many families choose to relocate because they need a bigger house and want to be in a better setting. But what if your home is already in a great setting – a close-knit community, good proximity to schools, relatives living close by – and space is all that’s lacking? Adding a second story will let you keep all of these.
2. Increase your home’s value: There are many ways to increase your home’s value, like installing energy-efficient windows or adding more kitchen cabinets to name a few. But a project that can increase the house’s square footage without changing its footprint can dramatically change the total price of your property. Also, consider that you get all of this, and you get to keep your outdoor space as it is.
3. Improve the first floor: Adding a second story means the first floor may need to undergo changes, particularly with its load-bearing components. You can take this opportunity to make improvements to the original floor. You can, for example, replace the old air ducts or remove them altogether and get mini-split air conditioners for each room. You can also have existing electrical and plumbing issues addressed at this time.
4. Future-proof your home: If you consider your current house as your forever home, consider improving accessibility features on both floors. Since you probably have the master bedroom on the first floor, consider keeping it there – you probably wouldn’t want to be moving up and down the stairs in your later years. You can also have safety and mobility features like curbless showers, handrails and non-slip flooring installed.
Nuss Construction Company provides home additions and kitchen remodeling services to customers in Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel, NJ, as well as the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (856) 988-9982, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.