Renovating your home is something you probably think about very often.
There are always some things that you would like to change and improve and the simple truth is that you will probably never be done with those changes and improvements, no matter how often you actually do them.
I have a sense, though, that a particular renovating idea has been consuming you lately.
Okay, it’s not exactly a sense as much as it is a common power of deduction and making conclusions based on facts.
To put things simply, you have probably been thinking of a second level home addition and if you are curious about how I know that, let me explain it quickly.
No, I’m not psychic or anything, but the very fact that you have found this article tells me that you’ve been thinking about this for a while and that you would possibly like to turn the idea into reality.
There is, however, one thing stopping you from finally taking such a step and adding a second story to your home.
Once again, I know this because you’re reading the article right now.
Basically, what’s stopping you is the second story addition cost or, better yet, the uncertainty of how much this would actually cost you.
Well, I say it’s time for you to get properly informed and then decide if you want to go through with this idea or not.
Of course, you should never start the project without estimating the costs, because you don’t want to end up being surprised afterwards, or perhaps not being able to pay for what you agreed on.
That would be a nightmare, wouldn’t it?
Well, that is precisely why you won’t do anything like that.
Instead of rushing into things and calling people to start working on your home, you will actually first get adequately informed on the whole process and on the costs of it all.
By getting informed, you will know precisely what to expect along the way and, most importantly, you won’t be faced with any surprise costs and expenses. So, how about you start learning about this right away?
If you expect me to just lay out the numbers for you and be done with it, then you are most certainly wrong.
Sure, I’ll give you some numbers, but the truth is that the actual costs will depend on several factors, including the area you are based in.
So, what you have to do is learn precisely what the overall cost will depend on, so that you can start gathering further information and then estimating your particular expenses before making any final choices.
I suppose that you already have a particular budget in mind and you want to check if that budget is enough for you to add a second story to your home.
First and foremost, I have to tell you that you shouldn’t expect this to be cheap.
Since I’ve promised some numbers above, here they are.
Building an addition of, say, 1500sq ft. can turn out to cost anywhere between $100,000 and $500,000.
As I have previously mentioned, this depends on several different factors, which means that you should learn precisely which factors I am talking about, so that you can calculate your specific costs.
So, let me list some of the most important factors right away.
The Size of the Addition
The first thing you will have to take into consideration when thinking of adding a new story to your home is the actual size of it all.
I suppose it’s clear to you that the size will play a huge role in the overall price that you will need to pay.
Building a rather small addition will most definitely cost less than building a large one and I assume you know that since this is just basic common sense. So, first things first, size matters, as the price depends on it.
Here are some tips on how to go through the whole process of adding a story to your home: https://www.yourhomeandgarden.co.nz/inspiration/tips-and-advice/how-to-add-another-level-to-your-home
The Quality of the Materials
Apart from the size, the materials also play a rather significant role here.
It is probably perfectly clear to everyone that there are cheaper and more expensive materials when it comes to construction work.
Their price, however, often depends on their quality, meaning that you shouldn’t just go for the cheapest option in order to save some money, as that can turn out to be a mistake.
Now, this certainly doesn’t mean that you should immediately choose the most expensive option.
Basically, your choice of materials depends on your specific home, as well as the area you live in.
The best thing to do is talk to some professionals and let them give you some advice on the materials that you should actually use during this process.
Let experts give you some amazing recommendations and feel free to ask for explanations on why some materials are better than the others.
DIY or Professionals
Speaking of professionals, here’s another factor that will influence the cost of your story addition.
To put it simply, you can choose to turn this into a do-it-yourself project, or you can decide to hire professionals for the job.
Unsurprisingly, if you decide to do it yourself, this will cost you less, but the real question is whether the work will be well done.
Story additions are not to be toyed with, meaning that you should always hire professionals if you don’t actually have vast experience in this area of business.
The Actual Contractors
When you decide to hire professionals, you will start searching for some great contractors in your area that can do the work that you need to have done.
Well, it’s important for you to remember that the overall cost will also depend on the quotes of these contractors.
So, your task is to find people that can do high quality work while charging a reasonable price for it, so that you can stick with the budget that you have predetermined.