Can Your Foundation Support a Second Story Addition?

When you need more space but can’t afford to give up a single inch of your yard, the only way to go is up. But wait — can you go up? Can your foundation support a second story addition? The only way to know if it can or what’s needed to “beef it up” is to hire an engineer to assess your home’s current foundation and determine what structural reinforcements will be needed to support all that extra weight basement remodeling marietta ga.

The truth is, most foundations for single story homes aren’t sufficiently reinforced to support the weight of a second story, but there are ways to fix that. That’s where the services of an engineer are required.

Structural Requirements

A second story with occupied rooms will obviously weigh more than your old roof system did, so engineers will need to calculate how much weight the main-floor walls and foundation will carry as well as how best to hold that weight up. That includes drilling into the foundation to examine footings and things like soil compaction. To adhere to building code requirements, second stories require structural support that includes adding plywood and steel connections at main-level walls and extending down into the foundation, and/or installing additional footings or columns.

Other Considerations

When you add additional square footage to your home, nearly all of the home’s systems — electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling — will also have to be addressed since they were sized according to your home’s original square footage. (In other words, you’ll need to factor the cost of upgrading or modifying these systems into your working budget).

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