In many regards, the demand for interior living space is always high. As homeowners get more possessions and their kids grow, the problem of limited interior space becomes more apparent. To counter this problem, homeowners may elect to move to a bigger house, or expand the space their living space. The second option is by far the most inexpensive option.
Considerations To Keep In Mind Whilst Getting More Space With A Second Storey Extension
With the home extension option, the cost you incur is related to the expansion of the space as opposed to the cost accusation of a new house altogether. With this in mind, many families opt the second option, where more often than not, they add a second storey extension that increases their living space.
Herein are some of the consideration that you should keep in mind whilst you look to add space to your house by adding a second storey extension.
#1. Plan Drafting And Approval
Any extension to your living space should be guided by architectural drafts. The use of drafts becomes much more important when it concerns storey extensions owing to the sensitive nature of the multi-storey building. As such, you should consult an architect who will develop the drafts requisite to get the job done efficiently, safely and cost-effectively. Additionally, you should ensure that the draft is submitted to your local council for approval lest you run into legal gremlins after you have initiated the project.
#2. Assessing The Soundness Of The Design
Assessing the soundness of the design usually overlaps with seeking approval from your local council. In this regard, you can engage a civil engineer to assess the soundness of your design to ensure that your pre-existing structure/house can support an additional storey. During such endeavors, the foundation of your house should be of interest as it should be strong enough to handle the weight and other forces that come with an additional storey.
#3. Finding A Contractor
After the local council has approved your designs, you should start looking for a contractor to carry out the extension. In doing so, you should only engage registered and licensed contractors. Additionally, you should put more emphasis on working with a contractor who is experienced in performing vertical structure extensions.
Vertical structure expansions are unique in that they entail tearing parts of the house and adding new structures to an existing structure. As such, they necessitate hiring unique personnel, who can get the job done fast and safely.
#4. Finding Accommodation During The Renovation Period
After finding a contractor, it is best for you to leave your house during the duration of the renovation and extension period. The environment that comes with any construction is inherently hazardous. In this regard, finding alternative accommodation negates the risk of injury and harm to the occupants of the house.
#5. Getting The Structure Inspected By Authorities
Finally, after the extension is over and done, you should ensure that your local council officials inspect the house. They will certify whether the design implementation was satisfactory and that your house is safe and ready for occupation.
There are many other considerations. However, these will ensure that the process is as safe as possible for you and your family.