Second Story Addition San Diego

When you’re running out of space in your current home and you’ve already decided you love your neighborhood too much to move, the best solution is often to build an addition to your home. The next decision is whether to build “out” or “up”. An addition to your home is a major remodeling project that requires a significant investment of time and budget. Before you get started, it’s a good idea to do a fair amount of research to fully understand the scope and your options. Here we’ll cover what to consider when you’re thinking of adding a second story to your home.

Purpose and Benefits of Adding a Second Story

An addition allows you to stay in the neighborhood you love, and if you have children, for them to stay in their schools and for all of you to keep growing memories in your existing home. It also avoids the stressful and time-consuming task of putting your home on the market and looking for a larger home in a different location. Other reasons to consider a second level addition:

  • A second level on your home may be the ideal solution if you’re on a smaller lot where expanding out would take away from your outdoor living space. If you have a pool, a treasured garden, an outdoor kitchen, or landscaping that took years to develop, this is an important consideration.
  • If your existing foundation can support the second story, this option can also be less costly because construction won’t involve any foundation work.
  • As your family grows or you welcome multigenerational family members into your home, your home can start to feel cramped and disorganized. An addition helps everyone living in your home to feel privacy and comfort.
  • Don’t forget the views! If you live near the ocean, mountains, or a cityscape, views from a second level have the potential to transform the experience in your new living space

Enhanced Living Spaces

Welcoming a baby, a changed work-from-home schedule, or retirement are all lifestyle changes that involve spending more time at home. Spacious surroundings custom designed for your phase of life make every day feel more relaxing, productive, and comfortable. A new second story could be focused on an expansive primary suite with a nursery or an office, or spaces like a home gym/yoga studio, an art room, or additional bedrooms and bathrooms for growing children to make the first floor more serene.

Future-Proofing Your Investment

Adding an addition can be a smart investment for your future. If you’re living in a desirable neighborhood with excellent schools and beautiful natural surroundings, making your home double its original size is likely to immediately increase its resale value. Working with experienced design build professionals is essential to assuring that your addition adds not just space but also value with a beautiful and striking design that enhances the original character of your home.

Designing Your Dream Second Story

One of the most exciting aspects of a new second floor is that you get to see your original vision come to life. Your space can be completely custom designed, without the limitations of an existing floor plan, to meet your changing lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for living space that will grow with your children, a primary suite to escape from day-to-day stresses, or spaces to share with your partner or family, this new level can express your personal style in all the details.

Importance of Professional Design

As mentioned above, expert design build professionals are essential when you’re adding a second story. Unlike a backyard ADU or a kitchen bump out, a second level on your home will be highly visible and impactful to the overall appearance of your home and its visual impact in your neighborhood, as well as its functionality. Whether you opt to go with an addition that effortlessly matches the existing design of your home, or decide on a more dramatic design statement, you’ll want the guidance of experienced designers and architects for a remodel of this scale. A professional design build firm will be able to lead you through the project from start to finish and assure that all the critical aspects are handled, from the initial research into complying with codes and permitting, to the final elements of finishes, HVAC, plumbing, electricity and technology.

Collaborating on Your Vision

Working with professional designers and architects, you’ll be able to explore all the aspects of maximizing your new space. You’ll work together to understand your plans for the space in the short and long term and elements that are “must-haves.” Architects will guide you through imaginative ways to approach the structural elements, while designers will work with you on the interior architectural design, space planning, color palettes, and material selection. It’s worth keeping in mind that planning your addition could also be a good opportunity to look at your home as a whole. If there are spaces that are cramped or outdated on the first level that could be moved to the second floor, designers and architects can help you make smart choices about how to get the most lasting satisfaction from your remodeling project.

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