Is Your Home Right for a Two-Story Addition?

When considering a two-story addition, evaluate your neighborhood, local codes and your property.

Building a two-story addition can enhance the value of your property and add a considerable amount of living space.  When considering a two-story addition, evaluate your neighborhood, local codes and your property. An understanding of these factors will foster an informed decision.

Evaluate your neighborhood
Take a walk around your neighborhood with a camera and a notepad to capture how other homes compare with yours in terms of size, appearance and features. Will building your two-story addition keep your house within the neighborhood norms? An addition that is completely out of scale with the other homes in your neighborhood may hurt your resale value.

Understanding codes
Devised to ensure the health and safety of occupants and preserve neighborhood value, building codes and ordinances dictate many details and elements in remodeling.

Start by gathering basic information about your house such as surveys, lot dimensions, and property lines. These are available through your municipal property office and local building department. Many public records, regulations, and permits can be examined at government websites. Next, discuss this information with your design/build firm as you consider the possibilities for your addition.

Consider your property
The next step is to refine your ideas for a room addition by inspecting your home and property, so you can enter discussions with clear ideas for a basic plan that suits your needs and lifestyle. Consider items including:

  • Significant landscape features, such as trees and retaining walls, which might have to be altered or removed at additional cost.
  • Possible exit and entry points for your addition, and how new traffic patterns might be established inside and outside your home.
  • How an addition may affect the living spaces and traffic patterns inside your house.


What are your considerations regarding your two-story addition? How might it look and feel? As always, we welcome your questions and comments.

Best wishes,
Trish Schroeder
Schroeder Design/Build, Inc.

Source Note: This post was created with information from the article Evaluate Your House for a Two-Story Addition.

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