3 Great Reasons for Adding a Second Story to Your Home
Adding a second story is a great way to increase your home’s square footage without changing its footprint. If you can’t go out, go up! Space is often the biggest consideration for homeowners. Budget is often the biggest obstacle for first time home buyers. Families grow in size and in number over time, and you may find yourself needing more space.
A house that was once suitable for your needs may begin to feel cramped as children grow up and families get larger. It might seem easier to sell your home and buy a bigger one, but this comes with plenty of challenges. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider adding a second story to your home rather than searching for a new one.
Stay in the Neighborhood
If you have lived in a neighborhood for a while, you’ve probably grown accustomed to that area. You probably know where everything is, you know your neighbors and your children have friends and a school they are used to. Finding a new home, in general, is fairly difficult, especially in today’s market. If you want to stay in the same neighborhood and school district, this becomes extremely difficult.
If your home is just too small for you and your family to be comfortable, why not add space? You don’t have to deal with mortgages, real estate paperwork, and run the risk of moving to a neighborhood you don’t like. You also don’t have to move! Moving on its own is complicated and difficult enough that, when given the chance to avoid it, most homeowners will happily embrace an alternative solution to moving.
Build Equity by Adding a Second Story
Adding a second story to your home not only adds value to your life by giving you the space you desire, but it actually adds value to your property itself! When calculating home values, square footage is a major factor. Bigger houses cost bigger bucks. It’s plain and simple. For this reason, by adding space to your home, you are adding value to it. This means that you can recoup a portion of the cost of your addition, making it an even more viable option.
Don’t Lose Yard Space
By building up, you don’t have to give up your yard. Most homeowners enjoy having a decent amount of property around their home. If you choose to do a single-story addition, you’re going to have to sacrifice your yard space. If your home is on a smaller lot, this becomes even more significant. Zoning regulations often limit the amount of space your house can take up, so always keep this in mind. In addition, your yard may have elevation changes to consider or soil than cannot support new construction. For all these reasons, adding a second story may be the ideal solution to expand your home’s square footage.
Don’t Settle for Inferior Builders
Adding a second story is a major construction undertaking. Heavy equipment needs to be used and careful planning and engineering must be implemented to make sure the house is safe and adheres to building codes. An inexperienced contractor is not going to deliver the quality needed for a project of this magnitude. You need the best. Don’t settle for less.
Empire State Builders and Contractors, Inc., is a qualified Home Improvement Contractor, has six licenses, and we are fully insured. We have over 30 years of experience in a variety of home improvement contracts. We serve residents throughout the Westchester, New York City, Yonkers, Rockland County, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.
Learn why experience really counts when you want to make the most of your remodel. Call us for a free consultation at (845) 425-0003 or contact us online. We will happily discuss your many options and assist you in finding the right design for your home.