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Second Floor Extension: 3 Things to Consider

If you wish to increase the amount space in your home, a second floor extension is a great way of achieving this. However, there are a number of things you will need to consider before you go ahead. Below is a guide to 3 things you should think about when planning a second floor extension.

Structural integrity

Installing a second floor extension will add an additional load to the weight bearing walls of your home. Before you can go ahead, you will need to have your house inspected by a structural engineer. The structural engineer will assess the strength of the structure and will recommend if you need it reinforce or strengthen the foundations or walls of your home. This, of course, may increase the cost of the extension. If you do not have your home checked in this way, you will not be granted planning permission by your local authority.

Planning permission

Before you can do anything at all, you will need to make sure you have the proper planning permission in place. Planning permission will be granted by your local authority. The local authority will have a planning department whose job it is to assess the feasibility of the extension and its impact on the property and the local environment.

Each authority will have its own regulations so you will need to contact your local council for further advice. They will be able to issue you will instructions about the information they require in order to assess your extension. You will no doubt need to submit detailed plans for the work you plan to carry out. These plans will need to be produced by a qualified architect.

Additional work

Building a second floor extension isn't as simple as building a new level on top of your home. You will also need to consider how you will installing electrical services, plumbing and drains. A general contractor will be able to help you to plan how you can lay new pipes or wiring so that the new extension is connected with water and power. You will also need to consider the type of roofing and flooring you will use on your extension.

If you would like further advice about being a second floor extension, you should contact a local construction contracting company. The contractor will be happy to assist you as you plan and carry out work to complete your home extension