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Is Your Family Outgrowing Your Home Consider An Add Level

A common problem among homeowners is when their family hits a growth spurt. Out of nowhere your current house quickly shrinks before your eyes. Bedrooms become cramped, square footage is eaten up, and privacy becomes impossible.  The first instinct is to shop for a new home, but when the size of your family booms, so does your spending. So, financially, a new house may be out of the question, making room for only one solution: expansion. Though ground level additions are easiest, neighboring homes may butt up against one another, allowing for minimal development. But limitations can sometimes create interesting resolutions, and many times the only option is building up with a second-story remodel (often referred to as a “pop the top” or ‘Add level “. remodel). Before you begin though, here are some crucial steps to going vertical with your home.

Steps to a Second-Story Remodel
Since this is a large renovation, it’s vital to build it step-by-step. It’s important to determine its initial size: do you want a full bath, a bedroom, or more.

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Then the first step is to ask for permission. Visit your local zoning office and see if you’re allowed to build an additional story. Have in mind an estimate of the total height since most codes hinge upon the vertical length of a structure (from the grade to the top of the roof). Next, visit the recorder’s office to see if your particular subdivision allows for a two-level addition: a lot of developers put restrictions on this renovation and it will usually be on the deed.

The Second Step: Crunch Time
If a second-story remodel is permitted, the next step is contacting trained professionals, Call Salem Construction and  tell Shawn what you want to accomplish.

Shawn is experienced in all aspects of building and can help you accomplish what you need in keeping with the original style of your home. When the job is complete it will appear to have been always there.  If you choose a feature that would not be in keeping he will help you by making suggestions that will fit. You will still have amble choices to fulfill your dream.

 

First, if they’re quality professionals, they should be honest about what they can and cannot do for you.
Second, if you give them a rough idea of what you want, they should be able to give you an estimate in terms of cost per square foot (remember, you’ll also be paying for blueprints and any design challenges, so mentally add 25% to the estimate).
Third, before hiring, crunch the numbers. During a Add Level remodel, it’s essential to know what you’re getting into, so the big question remains: can you afford it?

If the second-story remodel costs $120,000, contact the bank and see if you can afford a loan of this size? And if you can, ask yourself: Is this going to put you in such debt that it may be better to just get a newer, bigger house?

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You may be considering outdoor projects to bring your entertaining outdoors. Let us jog your imagination.

Start now to plan for a cook out t to remember.

Perhaps a new patio with paving stones. Measure the area to get the footage you want.  Go online and see what choices are available and work out a style you like and caculate what it will cost.

Remamber your contractor will also need stone sand and stone dust for proper lognlasting installation.

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Perhaps you would like new walkways to have your guest stroll through your gardens or a pergola to create a shady dining area

Other ideas are adding a portico over your front door. or a small stone or brick pad for your grill and all the things you will need at hand for the next cook out.

Other ideas are complete outdoor kitchens or outdoor seating area protected from sun and insects.

The key is to plan. and be specific atout cost , and choices of materials It will be a pleasure becoming specific to help your dream materialize.

As always you must find a have a contractor like Salem Construction who is fully insured and lisenced and insured We also have extremely satified customers who come back again and again. When they here frieds are planning a home improvent project they say you should call Salem Construction. Shawn is a contractor you can trust to do a great job

Meet Salem Construction

Meet Salem Construction
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Shawn Kelly established Salem Construction  in 1999. Shawn is a Master Carpenter who learned the trade from his father who worked at the New Haven Ship Yards until they closed. He has applied what he learned to every aspect of construction. He has the ability to build a house from start to finish.
Shawn  is responsible by keeping up with city codes including all changes as they occur.
 He keeps up with new building materials and the way they are used.  
He has also studied green construction and kept up on new products that are made from recycled materials.
Some of his specialties are Restoration
Remodeling Kitchens and Baths
Floors and Tile
Custom Mantles
Walk ways
Porticos and pergolas
siding & windows
Outdoor Kitchens
Patios And Decks Salem Construction is Fully Licensed And Insured
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