Home Additions: Is Your Home a Good Fit for a Second Story Addition?

As your family continues to grow, you might realize that adding a second level to your home can double your living space and increase its overall value. Home additions and similar major construction projects, however, usually require permits and must meet certain requirements before being started. To ensure that you’re on the proper side of the law and on the right path to improving your home, here are some pointers for you to keep in mind:

Compare Your Home to Other Properties in the Neighborhood

To know whether or not a second floor addition is a good idea, start by observing the properties in your neighborhood. Do other homes in your community have second floors or are they all single-story houses? Ensure that your home embraces the neighborhood and does not negatively impact the visual appeal of the community. This means that if two-story homes will awkwardly standout in your neighborhood, then your plan to build up may not be a smart move.

Get the Right Permits

Visit your local government zoning office and find out if you’re allowed to add a second story to your property. A number of building and zoning codes only allow certain heights for a structure. You should also visit the local recorder’s office to see if there are any restrictions on your property deed or plat, which do not allow for second story additions. If you determine that your home can be expanded up, get in touch with a professional contractor.

See to It That Your Home Is Ready

There are several ways to go about building a second floor for your home and you’ll need the expert advice and skills of a professional builder. Contractors will inspect your home’s structure and identify the best strategies for the second story renovation. Before any construction begins, they’ll check if the current exterior walls and foundation can support the load of the second story, how the new staircase can impact the floor plan, how the plumbing system will be connected, and other construction issues.


Movin’ on Up: What to Consider With a Second-Story Addition, Houzz.com


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About valleyhomeimprv

Steve Silverman is Cape Cod native with a BA in psychology from Bates College. He moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2004 and became a VP with VHI a year later, then bought the 20 employee company in 2013. He and his wife and two teenagers have a farm in Southampton where he spends time growing food and learning new ways to live in harmony with the land.

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