Repurposing the Multipurpose Room
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Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.


Repurposing the Multipurpose Room

Going Up: 4 Vital Questions to Answer Before Adding a Second Story to Your Home

Joel Nguyen

If you're thinking about adding a second story on to your home, you may have just found a way to quickly and efficiently add a lot of extra square footage to your house with minimal fuss. But, before you start on the project, there are a few questions that need to be answered in the earliest planning stages. Here's a handy guide to four of the biggest things to know before you begin tearing anything down. 

Can your structure handle it? Adding another story is going to add a huge amount of extra weight to your foundation, rafters, frame, and other support structures of your home. This may or may not be weight that it can properly handle. By working with a structural engineer, you can determine the weight or size restrictions that your existing foundation will place on your remodeling project and how to meet their challenges. Ask a professional such as Steven R Savino Architect about what remodeling types your structure can handle. 

Are there zoning conflicts? Check with your local zoning office to determine if there are legal challenges to adding another floor to your home. Building codes, for example, may limit the height of houses in your neighborhood. If this is the case, you may need to adjust your plans for going upward. 

Which method will you use? There are basically three types of second-floor additions. You can choose to rip off the entire roof structure and start over, or you may want to save time and money by removing the roof in sections and reinstalling it once the addition has been made. Finally, your third option may be to extend an existing upper section (such as a space over the garage). Which of these is best? If you're not experienced in this level of remodel, it may be best to work with an architectural designer who can help you understand what will work within your budget and with the aesthetics of your house.

How will the facade look? Changing the home's exterior footprint by essentially doubling it can make the rest of the house look strange or disproportionate. You may need to alter some exterior features like window shape or size, columns, dormers, or trim. These added changes can be budget-busters if you don't plan for them in your remodeling expenses. If you're unsure how the resizing of the house will look from the exterior, an experienced architectural designer may be able to help you with this as well.

By knowing what to research before you decide on a second-story addition, you can help ensure the best result while spending the least amount of money and wasting no time or energy. And then, you can sit back and relax in your newly remodeled dream home.