People make it a priority to take care of the items they own. After all, everyone works quite hard to get the things they would like to increase their quality of life. A car is a good example of an asset we maintain. There is a lot of upkeep to allow us to have the freedom of transportation. We put fuel in our vehicle so it doesn’t run out of gas; we replace the tires, and complete oil changes. Our cars can be a life line. Our homes should be taken care of too and we must not overlook the maintenance that it needs to get the most out of our homes.
With summer heat coming in strong, air conditioning units need to be calibrated and dampers need to be converted from heat to let the flow of cool air flow throughout the home’s ventilation system. When adding a second story project to your plate you have to consider the ventilation so you don’t have a hot upstairs.
One common fix it for second story home project is activating your air conditioning unit especially in older homes. The cooler has been covered for the winter and it’s time for that tarp to come off. Because the AC unit has been shut off for so long the filters have been stale and bacteria may have had an opportunity to build up in the fibers of the filter. You don’t want to activate your AC without swapping these filters out and by not having the proper duct work leading to your upstairs project. They are also known to become dry and brittle over the cool months so a fresh cut filter will do the trick.
Another minor second story house project that can be accomplished for the summer is to get the plumbing situated. Bathroom additions are common for home projects and keeps people from trucking up and down the stairs. A second story bathroom will offer the convenience and safety needed with the addition. Make sure you don’t leave out the pipe work or you will have to rip out all of your hard work and start over.
It’s a good practice to flush your water unit at least once every year or even when you are starting a second story project. You need to release the water pressure from your home when adding new pipes to the infrastructure to prevent injuries.. The problem is most home owners aren’t aware of this need so it’s often over looked. When it becomes ignored debris and calcium build up can actually block the pluming making it harder for your water tank to produce enough pressure.
In modern times, its understandable that most people are being pushed out of home remodeling as a result of the housing bubble and real estate crisis. However, there is always room and business for the top tier professionals with solid referring clients, reputation and quality of service/craftsmanship. For those passionate about home building here are some paths/advice for anyone with dreams of having their own construction company one day.
As a standard most general contractors would agree that experience is education. Most companies will take on apprentices and be willing to teach an eager learner so depending on your game plan you may be able to save a great deal of money if you play the cards right.
Workmans compensation– This is a requirement in California to protect any workers in the field operating under your company as a protection if they are hurt on the job.
Pay taxes- Regardless of fifteen employees of just yourself you are required to file all taxes as a business owner under the IRS.
Business Name and Registration- Once you take the leap you will need to register your business as a general contracting business with the department of labor
Cyclical earnings– Remodeling is a tricky industry and a smart business owner understands you can triple your typical income one great year and have the potential to flatline or decline in a recession. Re-investment to secure business and monitoring cost efficiency are paramount to success.
Do not expect your exceptional carpentry to get second story additions– Be prepared to adapt with technology if necessary, maintain superior client service and be open to client ideas. Nowadays in an information based society clients can be very demanding and used to having several options to choose from.
Do not take on jobs you cannot hack- If you are in over your head your client will ultimately find out and you risk sacrificing a potential long term referral/client or even worse monetary damage that your company will have to cover legally.
Home Remodeling is a very rewarding but challenging career choice for those who wish to pursue. At the end of a Second Story Addition, Kitchen Remodel or Room Addition seeing the entire project come to fruition is a feeling unlike many other professions can replicate. By making clients happy and adding value/equity to others homes feels great as well. Have fun, keep on top of industry regulations/trends, keep an open mind and mainly always be honest with your clients. Good Luck!
Second story home additions are argueably the most valuable home improvement out there. As stated before a professional, lisenced room addition contractor will not be able to even put on toolbags until local building departments give approval of zoning, building and planning regarding blueprints.
Most structural engineers agree that Second Story Additions are feasible for nearly every homeowner. 2nd Story Additions can always be easier if the weight of the new improvement spans the distance of the house and majority of weight is framed to existing exterior walls.
Some considerations that your remodeling home plan should account for however are related to age and condition of current structure. These can vary but predominately follow:
Well based on 30+ years experience probably not. Adding more square footage to your household means you will need to supplement this with a higher capacity system or just invest in a new unit for the new second story plan.
Also think: Renovation is all about efficiency.If you have the contractor on site and running take advantage of this and try to kill two birds with one stone. It doesn’t make logical sense to purchase dual pane windows (energy efficient) to put in your new upstairs addition and keep your old, aluminum framed windows on the first story. They are less energy efficient, do not increase home value and probably cost more in the end regarding utilities..So if you are interested in a big investment such as a Second Story Addition consider possibly upgrading existing home materials like the example above.
Additional expenses may be important and should not be cut if you are going the full distance with your 2nd Story Addition. Siding and Stucco depending on age of house may have a difficult time being replicated to existing exterior. Account for a full stucco bid if you feel the quality will have a hard time being matched. In the end you will be happy you paid an extra couple thousand for a home that looks great from the base to roof!
It is a good idea and we always inform our clients that you should be prepared to relocate during the important major phases of your second story addition. Homeowners usually are aware this process is like a surgery on your property. Lets face it anyone that argues to be sedated during surgery can ultimately probably get aware with that but it may be best to listen to the professionals and be cooperative during the process.
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Having second thoughts about hiring a general contractor?
Using separate contractors or contractors with only one niche you risk paying finders fees to these contractors. Worse you can run into time consuming paper chasing multiple licences if violations and issues arise. Using SJB Construction Incorporated our license covers your general remodel. With an A+ rating on BBB you can rest assured this issue has yet to arise however. Deciding on a general contractor versus DIY you also save from the issue of quality disconnect individual aspects of renovation process. (I.E. Project Management)
– A simple remodel can involve using an electrician, a plumber, a framer, and a painting contractor just to name a few of the possible contractors that may be involved. All of our contacts have 30+ years experience.
Renovation Services ranging from entire home framing, second story room additions , custom cabinetry, roofing, granite counter tops, Demolition Hauling/Removal, Kitchen design, pool construction and more SJB Construction Incorporated serves as a design/build architectural company. Experience with changing building policies in San Diego, volatile material pricing, and firm subcontracted relationships to serve each homeowner best. Call for a no-pressure assessment.