It might be a complex project, but adding a second story to your existing one-story home is one of the best ways to increase square footage. If you have plans to build up, one of the things to keep in mind is whether your home’s foundations can handle the additional living space. Villwell Builders, LLC, your trusted contractor for your deck and additions needs, discusses below.
How Important Are Your Home’s Foundations?
Your home’s foundations keep the entire structure secure on the ground. They bear the load of the house and prevent it from collapsing. Weak foundations can lead to damage, especially when exposed to natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Strong ones not only remain sturdy but can also carry the extra weight of another living space on top of your home.
To find out more about the state of your foundations and whether they can hold a second-story addition, it is a must that you consult an engineer. They calculate how much weight the main-floor walls and foundation will carry, as well as how best to hold that weight up. As with kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects, a second story should also adhere to local building codes. It requires structural support, including plywood and steel connections at first-story walls and extra footings or columns.
Other Important Considerations
A second-story addition also means that most of your home’s systems, including HVAC and plumbing, may have to be upgraded or modified. Thus, they should be factored into your working budget. Another thing to consider is the location of the staircase within your existing living space. This should be thought out carefully, however, because it could involve reinstalling and painting the drywall.
To help you in planning this major undertaking, get in touch with Villwell Builders, LLC. We’ll work with you to design your second-story addition, making sure it is built exactly to your specifications. We provide the care and attention to detail necessary to keep the mess and daily disruptions to a minimum. Count on us for your other exterior home improvement needs, including roofing and siding installations. Call (203) 879-2118 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.