Between moving out and adding onto an existing home, the latter is usually a more sensible option for many growing families. It certainly beats out the former from a financial standpoint, but there’s much more to it. If you like your neighborhood, and your home just needs a little more room to enjoy, you’re better off staying put.
With this project, however, many homeowners have extensive wish lists when it comes to design and use of space. You should discuss these with your contractor. In doing so, you don’t just ensure that everything goes smoothly, but also avoids some of the more expensive oversights.
Before starting your second story addition, make sure you consult with your chosen contractor about where the stairway leading up to the new space will be located. It should be near your home’s primary entry so you can gain access to your home’s second floor.
Protection for Your Drywall Ceiling
Second-story additions involve the removal of roof rafters. The first-floor ceiling, however, may be at risk of collapsing, especially when the remodeling crew performs work. Bath and kitchen remodeling contractors recommend installing temporary walls to keep the ceiling secure.
Utilities in the Existing Attic
As early as the design phase of the project, you and your contractor should decide on an alternate path for the utilities on your attic, which include ductwork, plumbing and wiring. Don’t forget the bathroom and kitchen vents.
Additional Loads on the Existing Structure
Apart from your contractor, you should also talk with a structural engineer about your plans to add a second story space. The professional will inspect your home to determine whether your home’s existing framework can support the additional weight of the second floor.
Nuss Construction Company has been a leading source for quality remodeling and custom home building in the local area for decades. We offer a wide range of services, from installing kitchen cabinets to working on a home addition. Expect top-notch workmanship from our experienced remodelers no matter the size of the project.
Call (856) 988-9982, or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. We serve residents of Mt. Laurel and Cherry Hill, NJ.