Important Considerations for Your Second Story Addition

So you know you want a second story addition, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, there are a few things you should consider before beginning your exciting new construction project. As experts in the second story addition for Washington DC and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you all about these essential topics to help you get started today.

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Modular or Stick Built?

This is a big one. Whether you choose modular or stick built will determine the price, timeline and your overall comfort level for the duration of the project. Modular second story additions are typically ready in about a third of the time as a stick-built additions and can help save homeowners big money.

What is a modular second story addition? It is a complete addition including the roofing, floors, insulation, plumbing, and wiring—built off-site to your specifications. When the addition arrives, it will take the crane operator and crew about a day to set it in place and weatherproof it.

Hotel Costs?

Cut out the cost of a hotel stay with a modular addition. With a lengthy and extensive stick built second story addition, you could be displaced from your home for weeks.

Does Your Home Meet the Necessary Requirements?

First, the exterior dimensions of your existing home must be compatible with the modular manufacturer’s production sizes. Second, the home itself, its framing and its foundation must be able to carry the additional weight of your second story addition.

How about Your Heating and Electric?

You may need to increase the size of your furnace as well as the capacity of your electrical system to accommodate your second story addition. You’ll need the assistance of a company experienced with modular transitions such as Carbide Construction.

Your Siding & Windows?

Siding on the second story addition will need to match that residing on your existing first story. You also have the option of removing the siding from the first story and starting from scratch. Shutters and trim will need to be thought of and dealt with as well.

Exterior elevation of all four sides of your finished home must factor in existing first-story bump-outs or structures. Bay windows, porches, sunrooms, recessed entryways or garages must all be taken into consideration.

Thinking about a modular second story addition for Washington DC and Alexandria area home? We can easily help you design your own one-of-a-kind addition to match your unique home! Call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711 or you can Contact Us.

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