Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Often times we purchase homes in the beginning of our marriages that are meant to be starter homes. Eventually when children come along a bigger space will be needed to accommodate the growing family so we will move on to another home. What happens when you find yourself in this situation however you don’t want to move? For whatever reason, the neighbors are great, the economy is poor, etc… you find yourself wanting or needing to stay in this home however need more space. Your house needs to grow and we all know there is not any fertilizer out there that will make that happen. What is the next best option? That’s right; add on to the existing home.
Adding a second story to your home allows you many benefits as does any new room addition, the obvious being extra space. The addition of a second story means that you do not have to acquire additional land. This is super beneficial when looking at the cost of land and the limited quantity available in many already existent areas where homes inhabit.
Another benefit to adding a second story is the fact that if you like the location of your home. This is especially true if the property is enhanced with a pool, water features or a family park within walking distance you aren’t going to want to move. The neighborhood means so much too many of us. You might enjoy the history of the home or the proximity to a school.
Another major benefit of adding a second story to a home is the opportunity to modernize the look of your home. Adding space and light often brightens the home up and adds an entirely new perspective. Adding windows and higher ceilings to the second story addition and in turn add light and brightness to the space.
The second story can be used to meet any need for addition space. Traditionally second stories have been built to accommodate more children, guest bedroom or spare bathrooms. So many ideas for addition space within a home.
· If you are a movie fan think about adding on a second floor space to accommodate a home theatre. Think about the possibilities with a space dedicated to the movie watching experience. HD wide screen television, theatre seating (comfy extra wide recliners), a small kitchen for drinks and popcorn and some surround sound speakers. Do I have you convinced yet? Room additions and extra space can mean luxury to any second store addition.
· Crafters are also in need of a space that can be left undisturbed. Who likes to clean up after every time they start a project when they are interrupted by daily life? A second story addition is a perfect space to create a hobby and craft room.
· A playroom is also something many of us moms desire right around dinner time. A space that is safe and free of mini disasters happening. The addition of a second floor can mean an additional space to harbor toys for your kids. A space all of their own with a door that can be closed and clutter kept within.
· In-law quarters are also becoming increasingly popular. A space designed to fit their aging needs. Barrier free living quarters are often needed as we age and a floor designed to meet their needs under your roof where you can care for them is ideal. This floor can be accessed using stair chair lifts or even a redesign keeping loved ones on the main level and moving the household into the second story addition.
Of course a second story addition will likely cost more than a simple additional room added on to your home however will likely add tenfold to the value of your home. It is also likely that you will have to hire a licensed contractor or general builder to oversee the project. Home remodeling of any kind is tricky enough to bring in the professionals but with a second story addition it is a must.