Things To Think About When Adding A Second Floor To Your Existing Home
In most cases, when people initially start building their first home, they are on a limited budget and in most cases will either be a single working person or a newly married couple. In these cases, new home owners will be unlikely to build a home that meets anything more than their existing needs. The main reason for this is that they are on a low limited budget and the second reason is that new home builders rarely think about their future and what may change in their lives in the years to come and thus a small compact little home with one room, a bathroom and a kitchen would suffice for these newly married couples or single full time workers. Flash forward a few years in to the future however when the full time worker has gotten married and when the home owners have had a few kids, they begin to realise the mistakes that they made when building their home initially and will often consider renovation and extension. The truth is, when you have three kids of school going age, one bathroom is not even close to enough, especially during the early morning school and office rush.
Extending your home
While ideally you would want to extend your home horizontally by adding in an extra room or two and a few bathrooms, this may not always be practical or possible if you have a small garden or no garden at all. In these cases, your only option would be to hire a concreting company to come in and build a slab above your home to build a second floor. However, when making the decision to do this, you need to remember that there are many things you need to think about. One of the most important things you will need to do is to think about the strength on your current home and about its ability to support a slab on top of it.
Although in most cases, your concreting company in Perth should be able to give you some insight in to this, it is always best to hire a structural engineer who will be able to take a close look at your home and tell you for certain if it can be done.
Of course, even in the case that you find out that your home is not strong enough to support another floor, there are many other ways that you can still build a top floor to your home, the most common of which would be to build a tie beam and pillars that can support your slab.