Second Floor Addition

Building a second floor

Sometimes a simple room addition won't provide you with the space you need in your home. At these times, you may want to look into a second floor addition. Building a second floor on your home sounds like a daunting task, but really, all you're doing is lifting the roof up a storey!

Of course, the cost to add a second storey is typically a little more extensive than a simple room addition onto your home. However, if you're anticipating the need for future additional space, you can save time and money by avoiding later renovation or addition by simply adding a second floor.

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Many people also choose a second floor addition to simply update and increase the value on their home. Even if you don't need the additional space, you will be able to get more return on your investment when you can offer potential buyers a newer, more spacious home.

Second Storey Addition Plans

The key to a great second storey addition is a good plan. While many people take the leap and add onto their homes, the most successful additions are done with a lot of thought beforehand! You have to make sure your plan takes into consideration things such as local by-laws regarding building height and land coverage on your property, as well as the elements of the existing structure. You can have all the greatest ideas for your addition, but if they don't work with the building that's already standing there, you're going to have problems.

The best way to approach planning your second storey addition is to speak with a contractor who is experienced in this kind of renovation.

Cost to Add a Second Storey

The cost to add a second storey really depends on your renovation plan. Much of the expense involved in the addition will be making modifications to your existing structure, combined with the cost of building materials for your addition.

A good plan that is well researched is your best defense against unnecessary costs. Builders will always say, measure twice and cut once. This is true for all elements of your addition: make sure you're using the right techniques and the right materials with the right measurements.