If you’re outgrowing your home but still love it and the area you live in, adding a second story addition might be the perfect solution to your needs. Second story additions can be a considerable challenge, but they can double the living space of your home and make it a more comfortable, beautiful building. Adding a large addition such as a second story offers you a lot of opportunities to improve your home; not only in looks but in energy efficiency and insulation as well. If you’re considering a second level addition, these five questions can help get your project on track.
Is It Possible To Live In My Home During A Second Story Addition
While each second story will be different, there are many instances where you will be able to live in your home for the duration of the building process. If you are adding a partial second story o a garage addition, it’s likely that the interruption to your normal life will be minimal.
How Do I Find The Right Remodeler?
Choosing the right person to complete your job is perhaps the most critical step to a well made second story addition. Fortunately, there are many different places to seek information about your options. Start by checking online at review sites like Angie’s List and Yelp reviews to give yourself a baseline. Next, ask friends and neighbors about any work they’ve had done. Once you have a list narrowed down to about 3-5 potential contractors you can begin to ask more pointed questions about what their processes look like, who their last clients were, and how many projects they take in a year. All of this information may seem like overkill, but it’s best to be thorough when investing in such a large part of your home.
How Much Should I Expect it to Cost?
There many different aspects that can affect the price of your second level addition, but most follow a somewhat similar pattern. A full second story build on top of a 2000 square foot home will usually cost between $150,000 and $200,000. For a partial addition ranging from 500-700 square feet you might expect to pay from $90,000 to $120,000, and a garage with a second story living space will often range from $100,000 to $150,000. Depending on the details of the features to be included, the materials used, and the individual contractor’s labor costs your final price may vary. Make sure to get quotes from several different people before you choose any one contractor over another.
Why Are Second Story Additions More Costly?
When a second story is being added, there are a lot of factors that a first story just does not need to consider. Demolition of roof systems and attics, the reworking of AC, electrical, and plumbing, and the addition of stairs are all intensive and complicated projects that quickly add up in costs.
What Options Will I Have
Adding a second story to your home can come with several different options for size and style. In some cases, you may want to add a full second story, a partial one, or add a second story just to a garage. The type of addition you choose can have a significant impact on cost and time, but much of the process will remain the same.
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