Add an Upper Story to Your Garage
A garage can be far more than simply a place to stow your vehicle. Many homeowners are opting to increase their home’s living or storage space by adding an upper story to their garage. A garage can provide a sturdy foundation for an upper story that can be used for everything from a home office to a full apartment for a family relation. We can help you design your upper story and construct it when you’re ready. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Check the Structure
To ensure that your garage structure can accommodate an extra story, it’s important to have it professionally checked out. In many cases, an extra support beam or two will be needed before installing an upper story. Additionally, a contractor should check the foundation. It may need to be bolstered before the new foundation can be added. We, of course, have the expertise to examine your current structure to ensure that it fills the bill. If not, we can recommend the steps that need to be taken before we can construct the second story.
Talk to Us before the Design
If you’ve ever tackled a remodeling project before, you’ll know that even simple projects require a degree of planning. We can help you create a design that suits your household’s needs. However, it’s important to note from the start how you want your new space to function. For instance, will you be installing a bathroom or sink? That will require plumbing. What do you want to use the space for? Knowing its purpose can help us create a plan that works for you.
Plan from the Outside In
When we plan your garage renovation, we’ll want to design from the outside in. It’s important for your new story to match or, at least, enhance the look of your current structure and home. Regardless of whether your garage is attached or detached, it’ll need to be outfitted so that it conforms to your home’s current appearance.
One of the key points of your renovation will have to do with access. Do you want your second story to be accessed from the outside? Will you add an interior staircase to your garage? If your garage is attached to the home, you may choose to create access from within the home to the new addition. You can even have multiple ways to access this new space.
As we work out your design, we’ll be discussing materials. With our expansive network, we can often obtain materials at a discount. We know how important it is to our customers to work within budget. From the insulation and ductwork to the wood and flooring, we can obtain and deliver all the materials for your project.
Creating a second story for your garage is a great way to expand your living space. It’s also a worthwhile investment as it can add substantially to your home’s value. We look forward to helping you create a space that suits your needs and enhances your enjoyment of your home. Contact us today with any questions.