Have you been tempted to expand your home with a new bedroom, bathroom, and more but realize that you don’t have the space to do so? Expanding your home but keeping it at one story means using up precious outdoor space, and you might not want to give that up for more living space. The solution? Build up with a second story addition.
Here at MDM Custom Remodeling, Inc., we are well-versed in creating the second story addition in Los Angeles that you need to expand your space and create the home you’ve always dreamed of having. We offer an extensive portfolio of work for satisfied customers who are happy in their new, expanded space. Our approach is to handle everything from design to final construction, taking into account your needs and wants as well as the Los Angeles city or county requirements.
Understanding the timeline for the job is important, as many homeowners choose to move out of their space during the construction. This is especially true if you are having a full second story built, as that can affect every part of your downstairs living area. When you work with us, we will keep you apprised of what to expect every step of the way.
It will take MDM Custom Remodeling, Inc., six to ten months to complete your second-floor new addition on top of your existing house. This is the timeframe after all permits were obtained.
MDM Custom Remodeling, Inc. encourages and helps homeowners just like you to continue living in the house during the construction of adding a second-floor new addition. The feasibility of this depends on the design of the floor plan.
It’s also important to remember the unique climate of Southern California. When the Santa Ana winds blow, they can wreak havoc on a construction site and make the area unsafe for workers. If you happen to live in an area where wildfires are common, there is the added concern about evacuation during those times when the fires threaten, and that can extend the timeline by weeks or even months. Though these are exceptional circumstances, they do happen, so it is a good idea to keep that possibility in the back of your mind as you plan the timeline.
There is also the question of location – will you have to deal with zoning laws and trying to get exceptions? Will you need soil testing to ensure the ground beneath you can handle the extra weight? Is the terrain difficult to work on? Our experts here at MDM Custom Remodeling, Inc. can look at your property and quickly determine what might be necessary to get your home ready for the construction of a second story addition.
There is also the work that will need to be done on the first story to accommodate the new second story. For instance, if we are building the second floor addition directly over the existing first floor, we might need to remove fixtures, flooring, door frames, windows, and demolish ceilings and some walls. We might also need to reinforce the footing foundation on the first floor to incorporate the second floor into the overall design of the home. However, if we add the second story over a new-construction first floor, then the existing house will just need to be well-braced structurally. Either way, we’ll do the job well to create a very sturdy home!
In most cases, the first floor of a home wasn’t constructed with an eye toward building a second story in the future. That means that while the home is likely very sound, it isn’t quite up to the task of holding up a second story without some major support. The first floor will need reinforcing with added beams and poles to hold the extra weight of another floor. We might also need to shore up your foundation. Because of this, you can expect your entire first floor to be out of commission while the construction is happening.
In addition, you’ll need to consider where the staircase will go. You’ll definitely lose some floor space to the footprint of the staircase. A spiral staircase might be an answer to save on space if room is especially tight on the bottom floor. We can show you a variety of designs that will take into account the unique look and feel of your existing first floor and help you decide what route to take. With over 20 years of experience in remodeling homes to fit a homeowner’s dream vision, MDM Custom Remodeling, Inc. can provide you with a variety of options.
The utilities might be fine for your home right now, but putting another story on your home – complete with new electrical outlets in every room, the plumbing and electrical necessary for a new bathroom, and expanding your HVAC system – can mean that your utilities might need an upgrade. That can include electrical panels, which necessitates an electrician to ensure you’re up to code, as well as new plumbing lines run up to the second story. You might need some little extras as well, such as a larger water heater to supply another bathroom with hot water. We work with some of the best plumbers and electricians in the Los Angeles area, so you can rest assured your home is in good hands.
Zoning laws in Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas can vary widely, even from one street to another. If your home is already in an area zoned for residential use, it should be no problem to add another story to it – unless it might interfere with the clearance for power lines, height restrictions in a particular neighborhood, or if the new build blocks your neighbor’s view. There are also special rules for flat-roofed and pitched-roofed homes.
If you live in a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, you might have special requirements for how your home should look, and that might preclude a second story addition designed the way you want it. We can help you create the plans that will ensure your home meets zoning and other requirements in your particular area.
If it turns out that your plans for the home run counter to zoning laws, you can always petition for an exception to the rules, but keep in mind that it could add significant time to the project.
If you are searching for a trusted general contractor near me or a home remodeling contractor near me in Los Angeles, then you can turn to MDM Custom Remodeling Inc. Discover more customer reviews on Google and Yelp to know what our previous clients have to say about our remodeling services.