7 Things to Remember before a Second Story Addition

With plenty of sunshine and mild weather, long beaches, family friendly neighborhood and a lot of activities to offer, Oceanside is a beautiful place to live. You don’t even think about moving. But the thing is you need more space. Maybe your family has grown or you’re thinking about the master bedroom addition.

To make most of it, consult a trusted San Diego remodel contractor to help you with the design, project management and construction. Before you start, here are some things to consider.

Consider the zoning for your housing area

The city of Oceanside uses multiple zoning ordinances, so contact the Planning Department to check the regulations and see if you’re allowed to build an addition and under which conditions. Get a building permit for this and any other home addition. That way, you’ll get the best possible return on your investment in case you decide to sell your house later on.

Determine the location of the stairs

When designing a second story addition, you have to decide where the stairs will be located. You’ll need enough room on the first story. Depending on the space available, decide on the style and type of the stairs.

Relocate the utilities in the attic

There’s nothing worse than planning a second story and a master bedroom addition to a detail without considering whether to extend or eliminate the existing attic wiring and plumbing vents and duct work. Keep in mind that duct work includes current cooking and bathroom ventilation. Consult an expert to determine how they will be affected and find the optimal solution.

Analyze the impact on the existing mechanical systems

Probably some modifications will have to be made to the existing HVAC, plumbing, mechanical and electrical outlets. Leave these changes to the plumber and the electrician. This way you’ll keep the systems well-balanced and efficient and won’t experience any malfunctioning in the long run.

Determine the impact of the second story addition on the existing structure

Consult a structural engineer to determine if the foundation of your Oceanside home is strong enough to support the second story addition. If it cannot hold it up, consider additional costs and the time needed for building new footings for the second story or reinforcing the existing foundation. Connectors and shear walls may also be added to strengthen the house.

Provide protection for the first story

With all those sunny days in Oceanside, who would think about the protection from inclement weather conditions when the roof is removed? Be prepared to keep the house neat and dry, no matter the weather.

Keep in mind the existing bump-out additions

Any first-story bump-out additions such as a deck, a sunroom, a garage or even a bay window can present a design and structural challenge, so it should be taken into consideration. The second story addition needs to be planned so that it doesn’t affect the function or the aesthetic appeal of the existing structures. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a part of the attached structure before installing the second story.