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Adding a second-storey to my house… What I need to know?

Increasing the square footage of your home is a beautiful and courageous project. There are several ways to get the increase living space you are looking for.

It all depends on the lot space available. Do you have space on the side of your house? Are you completely sandwiched in between your neighbours?

That will be the deciding factor of your home extension.


Most people who live in a city or near a city, don't have much space on the side of their house so they have to look into adding a floor above the current home or the current garage, to provide more space.


Adding a second storey to your home requires several in depth research, in order to do it right and have a lasting finished product.


Here are the 3 major steps to NEVER forget when adding a storey above a current building:


1- Ask the city:

Some areas of the city you live in might not want to have high buildings. They might have some regulations to follow in order to add a storey. To know if you project is viable, the city is the first step before embarking on any others steps. Because if your project is not even close to viable, you will have to with stay as is, or find an alternative. Therefore, in order to save time and money, contact your local municipal office.


2- Get an engineer:

When adding a new storey to your home, you need to look at the current state of the building. Is it strong enough to carry the weight of another floor, and the roof you want? Are there any footings? Is your current structure in concrete or masonry blocks? An engineer will be able to provide you with a detailed plan to proceed with the work, but also allow you to have the dreamed surface you want, including a sturdy one.


3- Get the right team:

Once Your engineer plans are done and your architect plans are completed, you are ready to get into the meat of the project. The building part!

Contact your closest family and friends to find out if they have recommendations for a general contractor that knows the ins and outs of the building code for this type of project.

It is important to have such a person along side you, to create your desire addition. Because if you don't follow the building code, you could be asked to restart certain aspects of the work or all of it, by the city. (They do check up visits on your site, so make sure you are doing the right thing). You will save time and money by employing the right people to create your beautiful living space.



Second Storey Addition Companies


Finding the right contractor, for your dream project is crucial.

Lineaire General Contractor has a team with over 20 years of experience and thrives in making dreams into reality.

Floor Addition, Home Extensions and Home Remodel are their specialty.

They work by these 3 words: Quality, Passion and Honesty.


Contact them for more information: 514-686-0661 or www.lineaireconstruction.com

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