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The Basics of 2nd Floor Home Additions

Last updated 7 years ago

Since your home is the place where you spend the most time, you want to do everything you can to make it feel more suited to your style. This often includes undergoing major changes, remodels, and additions. Here is a brief guide to 2nd floor home additions—one of the more intensive home projects. 

  • Your property

Before you decide to undergo a 2nd floor addition, you and an experienced contractor should have a long look at your house, inside and out. If your house was designed to have only one story, then the foundations may need to be altered to accommodate a second. If you have enough space on your property to expand your first floor, then that may be the wiser choice, since 2nd floor home additions often have a higher cost and risk.   

  • Local zoning laws

There are some places in the United States that don’t permit single story houses to add second stories. Before you hire a contractor, it’s important that you find out whether or not your community allows the addition of a second story. 

  • Alternative accommodation

Since most if not all of the roof needs to be removed, living in a home that is undergoing a second story addition can be very difficult. You may need to arrange to live with a relative or in a hotel during that time. The bright side is you’ll have a wonderful new home by the time you get back.

If you’re thinking about adding a second floor to your home, then contact us at William Gordon Group, LLC. We’ve been building custom homes and home additions for over 10 years now, and we’re eager to get started on your remodel, garage addition, or whatever project you have in mind. Give us a call today at (317) 353-3759.   

 

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