There really is nothing more impressive than seeing the results of a perfectly executed second storey home addition, with the occupants enjoying so much more space, greater livability, giving an uninterrupted view, and sitting in your new entertaining area watching life go by. Take a look at a few of the photos below and you will see what we mean!
There could be a couple of reasons that you opt for a second storey addition as part of your home renovation project.
Like we say, every home renovation project has different requirements according to what the owner is looking for, and the homes themselves are different as well which means a unique approach to every home renovation, and second storey additions are no different. In fact, a second storey addition will usually take considerably more planning and time than an ‘on-ground’ addition just due to its height, engineering and other requirements, but this should by no means discourage you from tackling a project like this, especially with an experienced builder to take on the task for you.
- The first reason is simply space on groundIt’s no secret that house lots are shrinking year by year, with developers looking to maximize their investments by cramming in as many homes as possible into one space. Part of the movement though, is a shift toward low to zero maintenance lots as people get busier and busier and have no time to maintain their yards, and for some people, a smaller lot is the perfect scenario—less time maintaining their yard, more time out having fun! Either way, limited space on your lot may be one reason that you need to go up instead of out when considering your home renovation.
- The second reason could be the dynamics of your lotA very steeply sloped lot could be a challenge, requiring a lot of engineering and design costs, plus then the earthworks and other requirements to make it suitable for an on-ground addition. Earthworks can get very expensive very quickly. Other types of lots where your home is sitting on the only real cleared section on your lot, and again a lot of earthworks could be needed just to get the foundations right.
- The third reason could be the construction type of your homeIf you have an older style home that has very solid bones it could be much easier to add a second storey due to the rigidity of its construction than a smaller lumber home, for example. Homes of a very solid construction have plenty of scope to add the strong types of beams required to support a second storey, while many other homes will require the removal of interior linings to insert supporting uprights to cope with the extra load. A licensed builder will be able to give you a good idea of what is required, but again they can only see what they can see and engineering will always be required to make sure the home is standing for many years to come!
- The fourth reason could be – because you can!As we have mentioned, a second story addition really adds that wow factor that is hard to get from other styles of renovations. For the extra work and cost above a regular addition, seeing the final product and then experiencing all the second story addition has to offer in regards to improving your lifestyle really is something that has to be experienced to be believed.
Whatever the reason that you are looking at a second storey addition, please get in touch so we can help explore the best options for you.
Here are just a few of the homes we have added a storey to.