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Now Is the Time to Add a Second Story to Your Home 

Whether you have a growing family or a parent coming to live with you, adding a second-floor addition adds space and value to your existing home. It will add useful square footage, increases value and enhances the visual appeal of your property. A second-story addition allows you to remain in your neighborhood while gaining the functionality to your home. DM Building’s experience in room addition and home remodel projects to make them the ideal choice when choosing a contractor for major home renovations.

Advantages of a Second Floor Home Addition

A second-floor addition is a detailed project, from ensuring that the current foundation will support the addition to meeting California building codes and earthquake standards. DM Building works with architects and engineers to make certain that your project complies with local codes.

The advantages of an addition of this magnitude include:

  • Design new space to meet your current and future needs
  • Reconfiguring first-floor space — in-law suite on the first floor, master suite on the new second floor
  • Staying in your neighborhood with its amenities
  • Not losing any of your yard, especially important if you have a small yard
  • No stressful move or costly real estate fees, buying a new home and selling your existing home

What are Some Important Decisions about a Second Floor Home Addition?

Design. The second-floor addition should match the design and style of the home so that the finished project looks like it was built that way originally. Be sure to have an architect draw a front elevation drawing to ensure that your proposed addition looks like it was part of the original house.

Attic. If a homeowner is using their attic for storage, consider renting a portable storage unit like a Pod to store the attic contents. Donate unwanted items. Some charities will come and pick them up. Arrange for a dumpster if you’re going to dispose of most of the items in your attic.

Stairs. Placement of the new stairs to your second story addition is a key decision to the overall functionality of your house. New stairs can be placed outside or inside. Each choice has pros and cons.

HVAC System. Some homeowners want a separate HVAC system for their second-floor additions. Other homeowners might prefer to upgrade their current HVAC to accommodate the entire house. It’s best to make these decisions during the planning phase.

Living arrangements during construction. If you’re adding living space above your garage, you can probably remain in your home during construction. If your project is a full-blown second story addition, it’s almost impossible to stay in the home. As the home is opened up, it’s exposed to the elements. Utilities have to be shut off as new plumbing, electrical and gas lines are installed. Most homeowners find that a short-term furnished rental is the ideal temporary living arrangement.

Why choose DM Building?

Owner and founder of DM Building, Daniel Montijo, has over 12 years of experience in new home construction and remodeling in the San Diego metro area. The company is a licensed general contractor (License No. 939850), carrying general liability and workman’s compensation insurance.

Call DM Building at 760-644-0714 or request a second story home addition estimate.