Tips for Adding a Second Story or Extension Onto Your House 

Adding a second story to your home is a huge undertaking, and while removing your roof to add extra space may sound extreme, there are many reasons homeowners opt to go this route. Whether your family has expanded and you need more space or you want to stay in your neighbourhood but your current home feels too crammed, an extension could be your best choice. If you have a huge yard, you may choose to add a ground floor extension that makes your home longer rather than taller. Whatever you choose, here are our best tips for adding a second story or extension. 

1. Pre-Construction Prep

Before you get started on your second story addition or extension, make sure you know your budget. Account for exterior finishes like siding, windows and roofing, as well as interior extras like a full bathroom or hardwood floors. You’ll also want to pay a visit to your local government zoning office to find out if you’re permitted to add a second story or extension. Some zoning codes have a limit for height of a structure.

Also take the time to find a quality contractor. Make sure they have proper licensing and certification in remodeling and construction. A good contractor will take the time to discuss the project with you in detail and understand your project goals. They should be upfront about pricing and not surprise you with any hidden costs. 

2. Cost Considerations

If you’re looking to add on several rooms to your home, but have a tight budget, adding up may be your best option. It won’t involve any foundation work, which is typically the most expensive part of a remodeling project. Just note that you’ll need to have the foundation inspected to make sure it can hold the extra weight. 

You also may be able to save on roof construction by using a crane to lift your current roof off in one or two sections and reinstalling it on your new second story. Also remember that you don’t need to finish off the space all at once. Once the second story is put in, you can finish off the new space room by room as your budget allows. 

Adding a second story offers a considerable return on investment. In desirable older neighbourhoods, houses that double in size are likely to double or triple in value. 

3. Design and Colours

The last thing you want is for your new second story or extension to look like an addition. You want it to fit with your current home, not stand out like a sore thumb. Use siding to either match or blend the extension or contrast your current home. With so many siding materials and colours available, you’ll be able to create a look that works seamlessly with your current home. Window size, shape and placement in the second story should also coordinate with the existing story so openings line up or form aesthetically pleasing patterns from the top to bottom of the home. 

By adding a second story addition, you can give your main floor more room by extending the height of the walls before adding the new level, and create more privacy between parents and kids. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to stay in their neighbourhood and current home but needs more space!