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Removing asbestos during a remodel

We bought our house knowing it needed a fair bit of work, but we could never have guessed how complicated the job would get in the end. It turns out not only do we have asbestos in the walls, but also, at some point, the previous owners had some asbestos insulation put in the roof. There are a lot more precautions that we need to make as result but, I'll feel a lot better knowing we aren't cooking and eating our meals near asbestos. Our remodeling contractor has been great and has stepped us through the whole process. Join us on our remodeling journey!

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Removing asbestos during a remodel

Important Reminders for Those Considering a Second Story Addition to Their Home

by Joanne Sullivan

A second story addition can easily increase your home's resale value and make the house much more comfortable and liveable for your family. It's a good choice for when you're welcoming new family members into the home, whether that's through birth or adoption, or if you're having an aging parent move in and need an added bedroom. Whatever your reasons for wanting a second story added to your home, note a few important reminders for designing this space, and then discuss your options with a contractor as needed.

It can be expensive

Keep in mind that adding a second story means more demolition than just building a home from the ground up. Your home's current roof will need to be removed in the area of construction, as will roof beams that cannot work as floor joists.

There are, however, some ways to contain your costs. Consider putting a second story bathroom over the one on the first story; this will then involve less work in connecting plumbing pipes. You might also opt for a partial addition, which might include just one bedroom and smaller bathroom, versus two or three bedrooms and more than one bath. Ask your contractor to work with you on these options so you are able to contain costs.

Consider outside appearance

When planning a second story addition, be sure you note how it will affect the home's overall curb appeal. An overly large addition can make a home seem boxy, and it may also block sunlight to the backyard or patio, or your garden. Keep the windows placed in a pleasing line with other windows; two windows on the second story should be right above two windows below, and not off-centre, as this can look awkward. Windows and other outside trim should also look harmonious; small upper story windows might seem out of proportion above a large picture window on the first story, as an example.

Consider long-term needs

You may want a full second story for when children come along, but consider if the kids are already in their teens and if you might move out of the home and into a retirement community in a few years; a partial addition just for a master bedroom can be good in that case. On the other hand, if you're just starting your family and have limited space on the first floor, it can be good to invest now in a full second story addition, so your family is comfortable in the coming years.

For more information and options, talk with remodeling contractors that specialize in 2nd story renovations